1. Photocopy of article in Chronicle-Guide of Nov. 23, 1988, “Book on McNab Township a history lesson for all” by Melanie O’Brien (with photo).
2. List of persons invited to the book launching in November 1988.
3. Invitation for the book launching [pink card].
4. Copy of program for the launching of the book at the Christian Education Centre in Arnprior on Nov. 26, 1988.
5. Photocopy of clipping from the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, Nov. 30, 1988. “McNab Township history book available at library” with photo from the launching.
6. Guest book from the book launching.
7. Card of congratulations from Peter’s family.
8. Card of congratulations from Susan Thompson.
9. Telegram of greetings from Commander Stanley Nettle in England, dated Nov. 24, 1988.
10. Photocopy of book review in Ottawa Citizen of Nov, 24, 1988, by Trish Dyer, “McNab Township tyrant gets softer treatment in new history”.
11. Copy of publication announcement for the book by Kichesippi Books.
12. Copy of publication announcement for the book (for libraries), by Kichesippi Books.
13. Photocopy of article by Trish Dyer in Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 28, 1988, “Tyrant still has power in valley. New book on Laird’s rise and fall”, with original clipping attached.
14. Photocopy of book review in Ottawa Citizen, by Jim Robb, “Laird McNab and his miserable flock”, with photo. (December 1988?)
15. Letter from Len Hopkins, M.P., with handwritten congratulations, dated December 14, 1988.
16. Ontario History, vol. LXXXI, No. 4, December 1989, with review of Peter Hessel’s book (pages 323-324) by Patricia Bolger, Renfrew.
17. Clipping from Chronicle-Guide, June 27, 1990 of article, “McNab Historian recalls two historic events” by Chris Gallon. Not directly related to the book, but two two historical anniversaries in 1990: 170 years ago (June 23) the “McNab Settlers” arrived, and 150 years ago: township meeting at Allan Stewart’s farm (June 3).
This file pertains to some illustrations for the book, McNab — The Township.
1. Handwritten notes by Kirstin Jeffrey about 3 illustrations in HALR = Historical Atlas of Lanark & Renfrew Counties, orig. published in 1881: Arnprior Butter Tub Factory; Arnprior Marble Works; McLachlin Brothers grist and a saw mills. Not used for the book.
2. Handwritten notes by Kirstin Jeffrey about 2 illustrations borrowed from Janet Carmichael: Amos Burton in uniform (this is in the McNab book) and Barn raising. Neil Robertson’s farm (also in the book, on the back cover). There is a photocopy of this latter photo in this file (photo dated Jan. 15, 1910, by Arnprior Art Studio.)
3. Photocopy of a photo taken on June 15, 1910 of a barn raising on the farm of Neil Robertson, “The Retreat”. This photo is on the cover and following page 184 (Plate 70) of “McNab - The Township”. The original was in the (Janet) Carmichael Papers.
See also file ”McNab — Portraits of the Laird”
See also file “McNab — The Township” (book) which includes all the illustrations (plates) from the book.
The book, “McNab — The Township” by Peter Hessel, was published in 1988. A copy of the book is on the reference shelves in the Archives. A complete electronic copy is in the file “McNab — The Township”. In 2003, Peter completed an addendum and errata sheet which is available from him.
Scope and Content
The file consists of:
1. Preliminary estimate for two options including the writing of a book, by Peter Hessel, submitted to the Township (1986).
2. Three-page project outline and preliminary budget for the book, accompanying the above preliminary estimate, by Peter Hessel (1986).
3. Photocopy of estimate by H. Brittle Printing, dated September 5, 1986, for the printing of various quantities, etc.
4. Photocopy of letter by the Township to Peter Hessel, dated September 18, 1986, with commitment to spend $6000 providing a matching Wintario grant is received from the Province. Signed by Murray Yantha.
5. Photocopy of estimate by Prior Graphics, dated September 23, 1986, for the printing of various quantities, etc.
6. Photocopy of estimate by Renfrew Printing, dated Oct. 21, 1986, for the printing of various quantities, etc.
7. Letter from the Ontario Ministry to Peter Hessel, dated December 2, 1986, acknowledging the application.
8. Photocopy of form dated Oct. 22, 1986 (matching share / Wintario program grant).
9. Photocopy of letter by Ministry to McNab Heritage and Museum Committee, dated January 23, 1987, re approval of the application. Forms and conditions attached.
10. Clipping (1986) of short article by Judy Bedore Hulan, “Book may be written on history of township”.
11. Clipping (1986) of article by David Crompton, Arnprior Chronicle, entitled “From the editor’s notebook”, re the book project. Reference to Peter Hessel’s column in the Chronicle-Guide.
12. Clipping of article in Chronicle of Oct. 28, 1987, “Hessel compiling history of McNab”. It concerns progress on the book at that time.
13. Letter from Township to Peter Hessel, dated May 20, 1988, regarding increase in number of pages.
14. Copy of invoice by William C. Mitchell (Bill Mitchell of Waba) dated November 18, 1988, to McNab Museum and Heritage Committee, in the amount of $750 for lay-out, pagination, formatting, etc.
15. Artwork for the entire book as produced by Brittle Printing. These are the pages from which the book was printed. They include all the photographs used in the book. Key terms: manuscript, art work, photos.
16. Clipping of article by Chris Gallon, Chronicle Guide, of June 27, 1990, “McNab historian recalls two historic events”: 170th anniversary of the arrival of the “M.S. Niagara Settlers” (June 23, 1825) and 150th anniversary of the crucial township meeting of June 3, 1840 on Allan Stewart’s farm.
The Archives purchased the McNab Township Papers (MS 658 Reels 264, 265, and 266). Neil Stewart, a volunteer, reviewed the microfilm and created an index in 2008. The microfilm is available for viewing.
Scope and Content
The index is by lot and concession and provides type of document, date from whom and to whom. The actual documents are on the microfilm.
The index is completed but is being reviewed and introductory pages created.
shows lots and concessions with owners' names, roads, villages, proposed 417,and CNR of McNab Twp. Insets of Sandpoint, Staye Subd., Sandy Hook, Sandy Beach, Mansfield, Rhoddy's Bay, Stewartville, and White Lake.
Reduced version, without owners' names, see reference map #M021a (Blue Binder, Front Counter) and #M021b (full sized version with names).
Shows lots and concessions, rivers, creeks, & lakes of McNab Township. Only road shown is Flat Rapids Road from Stewartville to Burnstown. A few villages showing and 2 McLachlin Brothers holdings near Flat Rapids.
Donated to the Archives by Arthur McLean in 2003. The maps were in the basement of his law firm's building on John Street. Mr. McLean's father Alan McLean took over the law firm from Arthur Burwash who was the lawyer for McLachlin Bros.
Scope and Content
Shows railway line with curves, over Madawaska River to Lot 1 Conc. 15. Very faint stamp of Grand Trunk Railway System, Ottawa Division with date.
1. Photocopy of article by Lauri Loosemore in Chronicle-Guide (date?) entitled “McNab looking for photos of reeves”.
2. Photo of Reeve Donald Stewart (1862 and 1869-75), from “McNab — The Township”.
3. Photo of Reeve John Stewart (brother of Donald Stewart).
4. Photo of Reeve Horace Russell (1917-22), from “Wardens of Renfrew County” by Barbara Sibbald.
5. Clipping from Weekend News (Dec. 14, 2001) of an ad with photo for the 50th wedding anniversary of Norman Hazelwood (former McNab Reeve) and Frances Hazelwood, December 29, 2001 (Arnprior Curling Club). At the time (2001) Norman Hazelwood is President of the Arnprior and District Archives Board of Management.
6. Photocopy of article in the Renfrew Advance of July 6, 1967 by Evelyn Moore price, entitled “History of the County — McNab Township). Includes a list of reeves and deputy reeves of McNab.
7. Photocopies of pages 101 to 105 from McNab - The Township: lists, biographies, etc. of reeves and deputy reeves.
File contains copies and transcripts of some McNab Township by-laws. Key terms: James Morris, Andrew Hamilton (1856 Bylaw), Returning Officer (elections), Poll Book (1856), road surveys, roads, Allan Stewart, Bellamy Road (1848) Stewartville developments (1945), financial statements, list of bylaws from 1846 to 1952.
See also folders “Council Meetings” and “Correspondence of John Stewart, Reeve” in Peter Hessel collection.
1. Handwritten letter from John McNevin, Burnstown, date Jan. 8, 1897, to the Reeve and Council of McNab, applying for re-appointment as assessor for the year 1897.
2. “Form C” handwritten and signed by James Morris (James L.? Morris), Municipal Engineer, dated November 29, 1899, regarding “award of engineer”. This has to do with ditches. The paper is also signed by J.D. McNab, Township Clerk.
3. Letter from Andrew Leacock of Mansfield, dated May 23, 1898, to the Reeve of McNab. Leacock was a pathmaster. Re: bridge over Dochart Creek in Mansfield (dangerous, in need of repair). See also file: Pathmasters.
4. Photocopy of note re election proceedings, dated White Lake, Jan. 6, 1856. Election of a councillor and tavern inspector for Ward 1 was held in the school house — John Paris was elected as councillor and John McNab tavern inspector. Signed by John McNab, returning officer for Ward 1.
See also file: McNab Council Papers in this collection
Shows lots and concessions with owners' names as of 1974. Other features include the CN railway route, CP railway route, roads, and villages of McNab Twp. such as Robertson's Corners Waba, Clay Bank, Goshen, Glasgow Station, Burnstown, Lock Winnoch etc. Insets of (Mansfield, Rhoddy's Bay, Stewartville, White Lake, Sand Point, Staye Subdivision, Sandy Hook, Sandy Beach),
by H.F. Walling - same map as p66/p67 of the Atlas of Lanark and Renfrew Counties but in colour, clearer, and larger
photo - colour
Size: 49 x 33
Scope and Content
Reproduction from Ontario Archives Reference B-18, of McNab Twp. It shows saw mills of D. Stewart [Donald Stewart] in Waba and of Paris [spelled Parris] in White Lake, lots and concession numbers, owner names, Flat Rapids Road, and Sand Point-Burnstown Road. Inset of Burnstown.
It shows “Shaw Lake” and “Lake du Chats” as two different bodies of water. It shows the “Scotch Church” at Canaan. Waba Creek is called White Lake Creek.
Title Supplied by Archivist
an original copy is at the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives
similar map is Hessel's 1994-0021 M005 cabinet 1, Drawer 12
Full title: "Plan of the King's Highway in the Township of McNab Country of Renfrew as Assumed by Deposited Plan No. 192 and Land Plan through concessions VI, VII, VIII, IX, XI, XII & XIII Shewing Widening"
Item consists of a large folded plan showing widening of Highway 17 near Arnprior Fair Grounds to Clifford Side Road in McNab Township with concession numbers, lot numbers and land owners.
File contains information about the novel Kinsmen by Percival Cooney.
1. Photocopy of article from Chronicle, Sep. 27 (?), 1929, entitled “Rousing Welcome Accorded P.J. Cooney; Urges Maintenance of Chief’s Old Home”. Photo of P.J. Cooney. Key terms: David Craig, Thomas Paris, Ed Armand’s store, E.C. Armand, Frank Cooney, Byron Cooney, Barclay Craig, Dr. David Craig, Mayor Mulvihill, R.A. Jeffery
2. Photocopies of some pages in McNab — The Township, with references to Kinsmen and Cooney. Other key terms: Roland Wild, Lipsy.
3. Photocopy of article from H.S. Herald Christmas Number” , entitled “Percival J. Cooney”. Eldest son of John Cooney, head gardener in the extensive nurseries of John Osborne [should be Usborne?]. Nickname in high school: “Kidnapped Cooney”.
See also: interesting letters in file “Historical Society Documents [formerly HS copies]” in Peter Hessel Fonds.
Cooney’s letter to Chronicle (Sep. 27, 1929, page 1).
Chronicle, Sep. 20, 1929, page 4: reference to “new edition” of Kinsmen by P.J. Cooney.