Fonds M993.15 - Bryson School fonds

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Bryson School fonds

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CA ON00373 M993.15

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  • 1865 - 1960 (Creation)
  • predominant 1865-1890 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records
5 photographs : b&w ; 14.5 x 9 cm

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Jesse Bryson (1921-1997) was a politician, historian and conservationist in Vaughan, Ontario. Among the numerous political offices held by Mr. Bryson between 1957 and 1965 were Councillor and Deputy Reeve, Fire and Police Committee Chairman, Chairman of the Planning and Building Committee for Vaughan Township, Chairman of the York County Board of Health, and Executive Director for the International Plowing Match. Bryson was also a member of the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (MTRCA) from its inception in 1957, being instrumental in the success of Black Creek Pioneer Village, managed by the MTRCA. From 1989 to 1990 Bryson was heavily involved with the restoration of Laskay Hall in King Township, and served on its board of directors. He was also a member of the Vaughan Museum Committee, the Vaughan Township Historical Society, the Soil Conservation Society of America, and the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He served on the Board of Directors for the York County Federation of Agriculture and on the School Board of Trustees for the Purpleville School.

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Established ca. 1865, the Bryson School, as it was commonly called (it was also sometimes referred to as the Upper 6th School), or School Section # 10, was located on the northwest corner of lot 30, concession 5. The original school building was constructed of logs, and was located slightly south of the final structure which was constructed of red brick in 1882 at a cost of $2,200. The school was administered by a local board of trustees until 1960, when the Township School Area of Vaughan assumed this function; shortly thereafter the school was sold to Rev. B.F. Andrews, a Presbyterian minister, who converted it into a residential structure.

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Fonds consists of a "visitor's book" which includes the comments of the Public School Inspector and School Superintendent during their annual inspection, in addition to comments made by ocassional visitors (teachers from other local schools, etc.). This volume also includes the minutes of the annual meetings of the school's trustees, 1868-1890 and lists of pupils and the fees required of each to attend the school. Fonds also includes a history of the school, a list of teachers, and 4 photoprints depicting the brick structure and students as it appeared in 1957, with one photoprint doing the same for the period between 1876 and 1879.

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