The Box Papers were given to Mrs. Verna Black (Gail Manson's mother) by Mr. John Box of White Lake. They were neighbors and good friends for many years.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a valuable collection of material that the Box family kept pertaining to the life and times of Chief McNab and McNab's family. While most of the documents are personal letters, there are also examples of business accounts, bonds, deeds, mortgage, a gaelic verse, gaelic article etc. Several letters were written by Archibald McNab to his son Allan and his housekeeper and common-law wife Catherine Fisher. The letters were written in various locations such as Edinburgh, Government House, Kingston, Montreal etc. In addition to the letters, there are 37 images of photographs of White Lake and miscellaneous items, such as Christmas cards and memorial cards, included in the fonds.
1. Original handwritten Bylaw No. 73, dated February 6, 1855. Pertaining to the appointment of township officers. Photocopy in back of file.
2. Original handwritten Bylaw No. 97, dated March 24, 1856. Pertaining to the
appointment of township officers. With trace of seal. Photocopy in back of file.
3. Original handwritten letter by Thomas Frood, of McNab Township, to A.H. Dowell, Township Clerk, dated May 1858, regarding expenditures for the Arnprior and Burnstown Road. Photocopy in back of file.
4. Original handwritten letter, dated September 28, 1864, by W. Fraser, County Treasurer (for Lanark and Renfrew) to John McNab, Clerk of McNab Township, regarding financial arrears — 9th Concession. Photocopy in back of file.
5. Original handwritten letter, dated March 20, 1886, by A.W. Bell, Realtor in Carleton Place, to Andrew Hamilton, Clerk, McNab Township, regarding land at Sand Point and Braeside. Photocopy in back of file.
6. “Declaration of Office”, dated at White Lake, September 20, 1902, signed by Thomas Fraser, appointed as Collector. Photocopy in back of file.
7. Photocopy of chapter entitled “The Municipal Corporations Act of 1849” by J.H. Aitchison, University of Toronto, in Canadian Historical Review, Christmas 1949, pages 107-122. With finding information. Explains the formation of municipal government in Canada West (Ontario).
8. Transcript by Peter Hessel of the minutes of a meeting dated January 7, 1850, held at the home of John McIntyre on the Flat Rapids Road. This is the first entry in the minute book. This meeting was the first meeting of “inhabitant freeholders and householders of the townships of McNab & Bagot”. This meeting nominated the candidates for councillor (John Paris, Peter Robertson, James Morris, William Storie, John Fisher, Allan Stewart, John Robertson, George Rochester, James Carmichael, Duncan Campbell, Alex McDonnell. Rochester, Carmichael and McDonnell withdrew. Eight men “stood for the poll”. The following 5 were elected (number of votes in brackets): John Paris (86), James Morris (80), John Fisher (77), Allan Stewart (63), William Storie (56). James Brown (or Browne), the Clerk, was the returning officer.
9. Transcript by Peter Hessel of the minutes of a council meeting dated January 21, 1850, the first Council meeting of the newly elected McNab Council — the first under the new Municipal Act. Election of Reeve (James Morris), and appointments. Meeting was held at the home of James Dickson on Lot 19, Concession 5. Treasurer: John Forrest.
10. Transcript by Peter Hessel of the minutes of a council meeting dated January 19, 1857, at the home of Daniel McIntyre. John Paris was sworn into office as Reeve. Appointment of officers. Interesting record of the process of passing a bylaw.
11. Photocopy of clipping of article entitled “Early Days in McNab Township from The Farmer’s Advocate (date?). Roads, bridges. Balmer Island, Stewartville.
12. Photocopy of clipping of article entitled “Renfrew County’s Early History Told in New-Found Documents”. Arnprior, April 8 (year?). When Ontario Hydro built the power station at Stewartville, the old township hall was vacant; it contained many documents (“among ankle-deep debris”).
13. Clipping of item from Chronicle-Guide, March 4, 1987, “McNab Pay Rates” by Judy Bedore. States salaries and hourly wages of reeve, councillors and officers.
14. Clipping of article by David Crompton in Arnprior Chronicle-Guide of (date?) 1987 regarding annexation of some McNab land by Arnprior.
15. Photocopy (2 pages) of certain accounts marked 1858. These were found in Alexander Stewart’s account book (Waba), 1858, which was held by Duncan G. Stewart. The originals may be in the Stewart Famco fonds.
16. Clipping of 2 articles from a 1987 issue of the Arnprior Chronicle, re “annexation agreement” and “Building boom in township”.
17. Article on Local Government in McNab Township, 1842-1997, "The Councils of McNab from 1850 to 1997" compiled by Neil Stewart (date unknown). Includes names of Reeves, Deputy Reeves and Councillors.
See also file “Township appointments” in Hessel collection