Photograph taken by Charron of Hull showing various McLachlin family members on the porch, lawn and horseback at the house owned by Hugh McLachlin and Permila Edey circa 1890. The house is located at the intersection of McLachlin, Elgin and Victoria Streets in Arnprior. This was the Convey Funeral Home in the 1960's.
Home Children and young teenagers (sent from Britain to Canada to work primarily on farms) formed part of the British Child Emigration Movement which started in 1869. In Canada these children filled a desperate need for cheap labour. By the 1930’s, they numbered about 100,000, and today their descendants are said to number more than a million.
Scope and Content
File consists on information about Home Children including:
1. Undated covering letter (late 1980s) to Peter Hessel and five-page typescript by William R. Price, former Reeve of Arnprior, later living in Ottawa, entitled “The Little Orphan”. The article was published in the Ottawa Citizen (date unknown). In January 1999, the telephone number on the letter was not in service. Bill Price is the author of a book called “Celtic Odyssey” about his childhood in Wales [Peter Hessel has a copy].
2. One page of autobiographic notes (also undated) of Bill Price. In addition to being reeve for 6 years (plus 10 years as councillor), he also operated the local Canadian Tire store for 39 years. Arnprior Humane Society.
3. Handwritten notes by Kirstin Jeffrey, who helped Peter Hessel with the research for his book, McNab — The Township, in 1987/88. Names: Rose Chapman, Thomas Gillespie.
4. Brief handwritten note by Peter Hessel re a home boy, Harry Sutton, who lived with John McGregor in Horton Twp., worked for Phillips farm. Steve McGregor has a photo.
5. Four-page copy of “Home Children Canada”, a presentation written (in 1977?) by David Lorente of Renfrew, who has been very active on behalf of the descendants of home children.
Photograph of the home of the Hubert Smith on Lot 10 Concession 8. It was originally a McIntyre farm but in 1883 it was bought by Thomas Smith. Hubert Smith was the third generation of the Smith family to have lived there.
18 b&w photographs, 6 colour photographs, 3 cm textual material and 1 artifact
History / Biography
Hans Peschel immigrated to Canada from Berlin, Germany in 1953. After working in Ottawa and Toronto for a number of years he opened his own bakery in Arnprior in 1965. Located on South side of Madawaska Street between Harriet and John Street, the bakery supplied donuts, buns, four different kinds of bread, cookies and assorted pastries. While he did not supply area restaurants with his baked goods, customers kept him extremely busy especially in the summer months with increase cottage traffic.
In 1978, the Peschel's sold the business to Roma Lavictoire. In 2013, the Arnprior Home Bakery building is occupied by Peter's Computer Solutions.
Scope and Content
The Arnprior Home Bakery fonds consists of records of the business which was owned and operated by Ann and Hans Peschel from 1965 to 1978.
1. 8 x b&w photographs of a parade on Madawaska Street showing the Madawaska Hotel and other buildings in the background circa 1967.
2. 10 x b&w photographs showing interior and exterior of bakery circa 1968. One shows owner Hans Peschel.
3. 5 x colour photographs of bakery interior and exterior circa 1960's. One photo shows display of cakes decorated as members of The Beatles which were made in 1964 at the time known as the British Invasion.
4. 8 x 10 colour studio portrait of Ann and Hans Peschel.
5. Agreement for Sale of Arnprior Home Bakery dated 4 January 1978 between Hans Peschel and Roma Lavictoire.
6. News Clippings; one profiles Hans Peschel and Arnprior Home Bakery business and one about a collection of clay ink pots that were found in the rafters of the building during renovation. One clay ink pot is stored with this fonds. It is possible that the building was used as a school before the Arnprior High School was built. See "Mighty Fine Bread and Fancy Pastry" pg 54.
7. Various certificates awarded to Hans Peschel for specialty courses and one letter of recommendation from Algonquin College where Mr. Peschel taught in the Hospitality Business course. File includes Ministry of Colleges and Universities Certificate of Qualification as Baker for Hans Peschel dated 24/01/80.
8. Miscellaneous business receipts.
9. Book "Mighty Fine Bread and Fancy Pastry" - written by Kathryn Boys and Peter Hessel 1994. Contains handwritten message to Hans from the authors and profile of Arnprior Home Bakery business.
10. Colour photo of Hans Peschel participating in shriners parade in Toronto on June 25 1982.
The file contains mostly material (notes, memos, letters, lists, clippings, etc.) generated and collected by Peter Hessel in 1998 in connection with the rebuilding and revision (correction of names) of the Arnprior War Memorial on John Street by the Canadian Legion. In the process of this research, it was “discovered” that the Town of Arnprior had presented “Welcome Home medals” after World War I, and that some local residents still have some of these.
Scope and Content
File consists of:
1. Photocopy of article in Arnprior Chronicle Weekly, June 27, 1998, by Sarah McGregor, “Can you help? Ongoing search for the Welcome Home medal”.
2. Clipping of article in Arnprior Chronicle Weekly, July 11, 1998, by Sarah McGregor, “War medals uncovered by local residents”. John Mosley, Cal Mosley, Mayor Lurch, Hal Campbell. Expeditionary Force, Alexander Brennan, Jim Brennan, Fernand Raymond, Adolph Thomas Raymond.
3. Event report: Article on “Reception and Presentation to Returned Soldiers,. Watchman, April 11, 1919, page 1.
4. List by Peter Hessel of Welcome Home Medals (1919) located by June/July 1998. Baatty, Beattie, Brennan, Chenier, Craig, Frappier, Kittner, Legree, Lemourie, Mosley, Walthers, Raymond.
5. Event report: Presentation of medals to returned soldiers, names of 22 soldiers, also 18 killed in action. Watchman, Dec. 28, 1917, page 5.
6. Photocopy of Certificate of Honour presented to J.A. Brennan of Arnprior, on Nov. 28, 1919 (see also colour copy and photos in file: Brennan, James A.).
7. Letter from Hal Campbell of Toronto to Peter Hessel, dated June 2, 1998, re Welcome Home medals. Attached is a photocopy from a book by George A. Brown. Shown are both sides of the Arnprior medal and a description.
8. Colour photocopy of the page above, showing the Arnprior medal.
9. Handwritten notes by Peter Hessel re Bill Martin, Marie Beattie, James Royal Beattie or Beatty, Peter McNab.
Other key terms: soldiers, World War I, cenotaph, war medals.
See also file “War Memorial” in Peter Hessel Collection.
See also file: Brennan, James A. in Peter Hessel Collection.
See Canadian Welcome Home Medals 1899-1945 by George A. Brown on Reference Room Book Shelf (donated by Arnold McIntyre November 2012)