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Condolence letters

File consists of two photocopied letters one from Appleby College Alumni Association to Frances Ahern on the death of her husband Arthur who was an Appleby graduate, and Frances' response to the condolence letter.

David Haskill Family Bible

Item is a family bible originally owned by David Haskill of Port Britain, Hope Township, c1851. "David Haskill" is written inside the front and back covers of the bible.

Daybook

This daybook consists of a daily record of financial transactions, from 1902 to 1928, likely recorded by Captain John Harold ("Jack") Spence. The recorded transactions include the probate and managing of the estate of James Hendry Spence in 1907, with mention on the final page that Harry died November 22, 1906, that probate was granted January 23, 1907, and "resealed in Sask. April 15, 1912." John H. Spence and William McGregor Lambert were executors of the will of Henry James Spence.

The transactions recorded in the book involve individuals including: Alexander Emerson Belcher, Southampton; George E. Smith, Southampton; John Hilditch; Robert Bartley, Peter Knechtel, St. Paul's Church; John H. Spence; H.A. Spence; Cappy Spence, Will Spence, Nellie Currie, John Craig and the Fawcett Farm, some of which appear to have involved the payment of mortgages and transactions with private bankers. The transactions include references to "father's account" in the mid-1902s. The recorded transactions also include the payment of taxes and/or debentures to Eastnor, Lindsay and St. Edmunds townships.

Spence, John Harold

Diaries of Alfred Long, 1898-1902

Series consists of three (3) diaries of Alfred H. C. Long, born in Port Hope and spent time in western Canada. It includes: (1) September 1, 1898 Port Hope; (2) October 1899, Port Hope; (3) 1900-1902.

Diaries, reading journals and day planners

Series consists of 29 diaries, dated reading journals and day planners created and preserved by Watson during her adult life. These Material contain fragments of her creative writing; drawings in graphite, coloured pencil and ink; reading notes and language exercises; collected ephemera; recordings of her daily activities and financial transactions; and reflections on her experiences, emotions, relationships and surroundings.
In general Watson kept confessional and reflective diaries from 1954 (1955?) to about 1957. When she moved to Toronto in 1956 to pursue her doctoral studies, Watson began to keep what can be best described as Reading Journals: dated notes pertaining to books she was reading interspersed with short diary entries regarding her correspondence, her observations of her surroundings and her academic experiences. After she moved to Edmonton to teach at the University of Alberta, and upon her retirement in Nanaimo, Watson's recorded thoughts become more infrequent. In her later life, Watson appears to have purchased commercial Day Planners to record her daily activities and financial translations.
It is apparent that Watson kept journals during her early teaching career in Cariboo Country in British Columbia. However, it seems she destroyed these at a later period.

Watson, Sheila, 1909-1998

Drafts for "The Great Farini"

File consists of draft versions of "The Great Farini" by Shane Peacock, 1994-1995. It includes: First draft (795 pp), Second Draft (645 pp) and selected bibliography (30 pp).

Peacock, Shane

Earl Wheeler fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1913-1920

Fonds consists of records pertaining to Earl Gilbert Wheeler of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force. The folders are composed of personal letters to Gunner Wheeler's friends and family written while he was stationed at various posts throughout World War I. It also includes financial documents, educational certificates and other professional and personal papers. In addition to these records, documents containing correspondence about his injury, the search for his whereabouts, as well as his death certificate.

Wheeler, Earl

Edith Louise (Betty) Smith fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1880-1985, predominant 1880-1930

Fonds consists of items mostly pertaining to the William C. Miller family in Napanee during the last quarter of the 19th century and to Betty's childhood. The genealogy is incomplete, but concerns the Smith and Miller families. The photographs show some activities of Napanee clubs, such as the Tennis Club, Banjo Club and Bicycle Club. Fonds is comprised of the following series: School reader for beginners. Early 20th century. Photographs of family and friends. File of genealogical material. Oil painting by William C. Smith of his mother.

Smith, Edith Louise (Betty), 1906-1995

Edna Alice Long (nee Gibson) Papers

Series consists of papers belonging to Edna Alice Long (nee Gibson), 1891-1969. It includes: Baby's Record from The Toronto Mail, 1891; Marriage Certificate to Alfred H.C. Long, 1913; Canada Registration Card, 1918; Certificate of Confirmation from St. Mark's Church, 1927; Birth Certificate (registered 1961); Correspondence re: Old Age Security, 1961; Certificate of Appreciation from Port Hope & District Hospital Auxiliary, 1969; Funeral Notice from Ross Funeral Chapel, 1969; Obituary, 1969.

Elizabeth E. Minnitt Fonds 1892-1963

  • Fonds
  • 1919-1968

The records consists of several series. One series is correspondence to E. Ann Lowthian from Marjorie Blosdale. The majority of correspondence is to Bessie from different cousins and friends. There is also a series of Greeting Cards for Christmas, Easter, and other occasions. Of special interest are the programmes of The Mozart Music Club which operated for eighteen years. There are also several copies of the programme "Suzanne" written by Eric Minnitt. Another series is from the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music which features invitation cards to Bessie for various student recitals. Other series include family photographs or negatives (not identified) and newspaper clippings.

Elizabeth E. L. Minnitt 1892-1963 Fonds

Elizabeth McGinnis Gordon Funeral Card

Item is a funeral notice card for Elizabeth McGinnis Gordon, d. 1923. Elizabeth McGinnis (d. 1923) wife of the late Thomas Gordon, died in Toronto on 29 Dec 1923. Funeral took place from the family residence, Victoria Street, Port Hope to the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and then to the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Toronto Road.

Eloise A. Skimings fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1852-1936

The fonds consists of textual records and other material created and accumulated by Eloise A. Skimings during her career as a newspaper correspondent, teacher, poet, and composer in Goderich, Ontario.

The fonds includes business and personal correspondence, business and personal invoices and receipts related to Eloise Skimings professional and personal activities, family account books of her and her brothers, insurance records, bank records, music records, poetry, notebooks, scrapbook, tickets, invitations, announcements, cards of memoriam, newspaper clippings and articles, photographs, postcard, a drawing, and published poetry books. Some of the records relate to her brothers, Richard Skimings and William Skimings, as well as A.M. Polley, Mrs. Flora A. Polley, and S.B. Williams.

Skimings, Eloise A.

Ethel Short collection

  • CA ON00156 MG 647 Accession 2006-04
  • Collection
  • 1923-1987

Collection comprises:

  • File 1: Family photographs: mainly of farm scenes such as haymaking, corn harvesting, steam traction engines, horses. Two individuals are identified: George Avery and Will Roblin.
  • File 2: Publications- newspaper clippings
  • File 3: Nostalgic items and publications, newspaper clippings
  • File 4: Miscellaneous publications and clippings
  • File 5: Material relating to Belleville's 1978 Centennial

Materials added to the Community Archives' newspaper holdings: Belleville Intelligencer recipe supplements, 1964-1987

Fink family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1900-1930

Fonds consists of 6 albums of family photographs.

Fink (family)

Frances Robin Ahern Fonds

  • CA ON00416 AC08
  • Fonds
  • 1931, 1934, 1996

Fonds consists of correspondence from Appleby College Headmaster John Guest to Frances Ahern and related transcriptions of these letters, and photocopied condolence letters on the passing of Frances' husband Arthur Ahern.

Ahern, Frances Robin

George Brogdin fonds

  • CA ON00154 2007.34
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1890

Fonds consists of papers related to the personal and professional life of George Brogdin, c1830-1890. It includes legal documents created by Mr. Brogdin's law practice in Port Hope, ON. For more detailed information please refer to file and item-level descriptions.

Brogdin, George

George W. Gordon family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1877 - 2009

Fonds consists of records created or collected by members of the prominent Gordon family of Port Credit during the course of their personal and professional lives.

While the records span three generations of the Gordon family, the fonds centres on the personal and professional records of George W. Gordon. His records, as well as smaller bodies of records created by four of his children, Lillian, Rhena, Francis (Frank), and Douglas Wilden, came into the care of his granddaughter, Sandra (Gordon) Moore who partially organized them and conducted related family research. Moore’s own records and those of her ancestors have therefore been treated as an organic whole and no attempt has been made to split the body of records into separate fonds; however, series are described in terms of the family member to whom records pertain (see below for series listing).

George W. Gordon’s records include a substantial number of letters dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century from members of the Wingfield, Beamish, and Gordon family members and acquaintances, relating to daily life in small Ontario settler and farming communities such as Utterson, Allensville, Port Credit, Springfield-on-the-Credit (now Erindale) as well as larger centres such as Hamilton and Toronto. Some letters came from further afield in the North West Territories, England, and the US. Domestic and personal records collected or created by Gordon also include administrative records related to fraternal organizations (Masonic and Orange Lodges), household receipts, farming expense accounts and diaries, land and financial records, and various ephemera.

The fonds also contains a significant body of records emanating from George W. Gordon’s role as justice of the peace and magistrate for Port Credit, including marriage licence applications, administrative records related to the Toronto Hamilton Highway Commission, and police court records. The latter include completed forms such as summons, warrants, and complaints, correspondence and signed statements made in court relating to criminal charges and civil infractions.

Records created by Gordon’s children, Lillian, Rhena, Frank, and Douglas Wilden include correspondence, photographs, ephemera, family research, and professional records related to teaching. Lillian Gordon’s records include a significant amount of mid-twentieth-century correspondence with suitors located in Ontario, the US and Germany.

Sandra Moore’s records contain a substantial amount of family research, including correspondence with relatives and records offices in North American and the United Kingdom. Her records include extensive documentation of the Beamish family of which one branch settled in Springfield-on-the-Credit.

Fonds comprises the following series:

Series 1: Wingfield correspondence
Series 2: Beamish correspondence
Series 3: Gordon family correspondence
Series 4: George W. Gordon domestic and personal records
Series 5: Lillian Gordon records
Series 6: Rhena, Frank, and Douglas Wilden Gordon records
Series 7: Sandra Moore (nee Gordon) records
Series 8: Gordon family photographs
Series 9: Gordon oversize records
Series 10: Gordon professional records

Gordon family, Port Credit

Goheen Family Diaries

Series consists of thirty-seven small diaries created by William J. Goheen (descended from Jesse Goheen),1872-1918. The diaries are daily log books and contain information on William’s daily duties, interactions, and life in Port Hope.

Goheen, William J. (1847-1927)

Goheen Family Legal and Land Records

Series consists of five legal and land records related to the Goheen family, 1808-1896. It includes: Petition for the freedom of Authur Prentice, 10 Sep 1896 (mentions Henry Goheen); Indenture of Bargain and Sale from Charles Goheen to Daniel Bullock, 24 Nov 1853; Discharge of Mortgage from Charles Goheen to George Stephens, 1 Apr 1850; Deed of Land for Lot 3 Concession 5 between Luke Bedford, Zilpah Tennison Goheen and Israel Goheen, 1843 (framed); Crown Land Grant for Lot 35 Concession 2, Township of Hamilton, District of Newcastle to Thomas Goheen, 20 Apr 1808 (framed).

Goheen, Thomas (1753-1838)

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