1. Photocopy of an article by Verna Black of White Lake, “The Women’s Institute Hall: 1925-2000”, from “White Lake — The Later Years” (2000). History of the building and the organization.
2. Photocopy of handwritten notes (3 pages) by Mrs. Duncan G. Stewart (Ethel Stewart nee Stewart) of Waba, dated June 21, 1915, with handwritten notes and highlighting by Peter Hessel. This records the first meeting of the White Lake Women’s Institute. It was not recorded where this first meeting was held. The second meeting (in July) was held at the stone house in Waba, the home of Robert Stewart and his wife. The third meeting (in August) was held in Waba at Ethel Stewart’s house (In 1929, this house was moved to the west, when the Stewarts built a new larger house).
3. Certificate of life membership “in recognition of much appreciated service”, issued by the Ontario Women’s Institute, in the name of Mrs. Duncan G. Stewart (Ethel Stewart) of Waba, dated July 31, 1962.
4. Envelope containing
(a) a handwritten note by Ethel Stewart and a copy of the minutes of the first meeting of the White Lake Women’s Institute on June 21, 1915. It was organized by a Mrs. Parsons of the “Department of Agriculture Institute Branch”. First president was Mrs. Robert Stewart;
(b) two black and white photographs of the 60th anniversary meeting in 1957. This was not the anniversary of the White Lake branch, but of the founding of the whole Women’s Institute organization by Adelaide Hoodless of Stoney Creek. The women are in “period costumes”.
5. Clipping from a local newspaper (Nov. 1957) of a photo (see Item 4 b), with identification of the ladies.
6. Clipping of a newspaper report about the above anniversary, from a Renfrew paper, December 5th, 1957. Of interest also: at the bottom of the report is a note that the McNab Company was taken over by Bell Company of Canada as of December 1, 1957. Ella Robertson, the local operator, was to continue at the switchboard.
7. Envelope with various documents pertaining to the White Lake Women’s Institute including programs and clippings. John Box.
8. Typed letter from the South Renfrew Women’s Institute, signed by Margaret Hamilton of Glasgow Station, dated Nov. 13, 1952, addressed to Mrs. Duncan E. Stewart (Bessie Stewart) re the latter’s resignation as vice president of the district. Also mentions an activity at the Glasgow Women’s Institute (highland dancing; St. Andrew’s Night).
9. Typescript of a “debating speech” by Mrs. D.E. Stewart (Bessie Stewart) on the subject of ready-made versus home-made clothing. No date (approx. 1950s?).
10. Memo book (by Bessie Stewart of Waba?) with hand-written notes on various practical subjects discussed at the White Lake Women’s Institute. 1950s?
The Braeside Women's Institute, a branch in Renfrew South District, was formed on December 2, 1927 and disbanded in 1983. The branch. contributed in many areas such as child welfare, health, libraries, playgrounds, millinery, cooking and sewing. Its first President was Mrs. A.E. de Renzy and its first secretary was Mrs. F. H. Bronskill; they both volunteered as librarians for opening of library and provided water tanks for school.
Donated by the Women's Institute of Braeside, 1993, c/o of Museum and Mrs. Neda Dean of Arnprior in December 1998.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 2 Series: Series 1 contains four volumes (books) of Tweedsmuir Histories and Series 2 contains 11 Minute Books. The first Tweedsmuir History is contained in a binder and stored with the Minutes while the wooden covered Tweedsmuirs are stored on the top shelf.
Braeside Women's Institute: Series 1
Tweedsmuir Histories. -- 1946-1982. -- 1 binder; 24.5 cm x 28.5 cm; 1.5 cm of text and photos and 3 scrapbooks bound in pine wood covers; 33 x 40 cm; 19.5 cm text, photos and cover.
The compilation of the Tweedsmuir histories was begun in 1946, and no entries exist after 1982. They document the social, political, and economic history of Braeside over a period from about 1872 to the 1980’s. They contain such items as the agendas for annual meetings, newspaper clippings, photographs of Institute members and events, residents and buildings, histories of local families, buildings and industries. In the burgundy binder is a map of the village, dated 1910.
(Partial Photo index)
Photo Description Year
1 b&w, Book 1, p. 8,
Members of W.I. 1952
6 b&w Bk. 1, p. 15
Members of W.I. no date
1 b&w Bk. 1, p. 18
Members of W.I. 1971
1 b&w Bk. 1, p. 29, Gillies Mill 1919
1 b&w, 6 col. Bk. 2, Members dinner no date
2 col. Bk. 2, Members of W.I. no date
3 col. Bk. 2, Views of Braeside no date
2 b&w Bk. 2, Rev. Baumann and
Braeside United Church no date
2 b&w Bk. 3, Braeside school no date
2 col. Bk. 3, New public school in Braeside no date
1 b&w, 1 col. Bk. 3, Braeside United Church no date
6 b&w Bk. 3, Gillies Mill no date
2 b&w Bk. 3, Queens of Centennial Carnival 1967
1 b&w Bk. 3, Members of W.I. 1952
1 b&w Bk. 3, Log barn at Malcolm
Campbells, Braeside no date
3 b&w Bk. 3, Citizens of Braeside,
Gillies Mill, Colin McNab telegraph building no date
Braeside Women's Institute: Series 2
Minute Books. -- 1927-1983. -- 11 bound volumes; 21 x 27 cm or smaller.
Series comprises minute books, documenting the activities and decisions made by the Women’s Institute and financial papers.
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized version rather than original. Available in resources folder. Also searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
The Arnprior Women’s Institute is a branch within Renfrew South District. Their first meeting was in the Council Chambers on January 8, 1932; 12 members were present and paid a fee of 25 cents. Over the years Arnprior Women's Institute has supported such causes as St. John Ambulance, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Victorian Order of Nurses, Arnprior Fair, Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital, Arnprior’s Grove, refugees, and donations to fire victims.
The branch amalgamated in April 2002 with Stewartville to become the Arnprior-Stewartville Branch. That branch then disbanded in 2008, with remaining members joining the White Lake Branch.
The majority of the items were donated by the Arnprior Women’s Institute Secretary, Mrs. Jean Sadler, in 1994. In June 2004, past president Aleta Greene donated a compilation of member histories which was done in 2000. In February 2011 Amy Neill (Renfrew South District WI Tweedsmuir Co-ordinator) donated two items concerning quilting at the Russell St. Apartments. These last two items were from Rhona Neumann.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of three Series: Minutes & Financial Records, Tweedsmuir Histories and Miscellaneous Material:
Series 1: Minutes & Financial Statements H9.1
This Series contains 13 bound volumes of Minutes & Financial Records dating from 1932-2002
14. Account book (1934-1938)
Series 2: Tweedsmuir Collection Top of Range H
This Series contains 7 volumes documenting the area circa 1915 - 2000. Most volumes contain information concerning the history and activities of the Arnprior Branch as well as the following:
Tweedsmuir History Volume 1
- Some families mentioned are Bell. Buchanon, Campbell, Craig, Cranston, Harrington, Havey, McGonigal, and Murphy
- Lists of members & deceased members up to 1965
- Lady Tweedsmuir visits Arnprior WI – full meeting described, including debate whether men should be taught domestic affairs (p.9)
- 1947 FWIO 50th anniv, with 12,000 members, with photos of attendees taking train (p.17)
- Letter from Harlton WI, England (exchange letters) (p.21)
- Photos of Mrs. S.G. Wilson & Mrs. A Bennett (p.26)
- Arnprior’s name and early history, including pioneer title deeds (p.30)
- Denis Macnamara day book (1874-1876) of his general store – provides list of names (p.32)
- Reminiscences of early days by W.J.Styles, former editor of Chronicle (p.35)
- 1949 Chronicle ‘Our Town’ describing early Arnprior and naming a number of people (p.41)
- 1950 ‘Ottawa Journal’ article talking about June 1869 ‘Neilson’s Weekly’ (p.45)
- Early Arnprior history from papers of Charles Macnamara, including McLachlin paying off Mrs. Arch. McNab, plus 1848 McLachlin and Vancourtland owing money in Bytown (p.47)
- Pioneer tour of Ottawa steamers and stages (p.49)
- 1909 Old Home Week description, including photos of attendees, banner (p.51)
- Old town hall – 3 stories (p.54)
- Extensive centennial activities in 1962, including wedding on a ferris wheel (p.55)
- 1889 County Council with R.G. Moles as warden from Arnprior (p.76)
- 1957 introduction of water meters (p.78)
- “Old Tank Hill” – where water tank was in 1901 (p.79)
- Unique housing project – 1968 (p.80)
- Visit Arnprior Scotland in Aug. 1967 (p.81)
- Details of Frances Murphy – life & death (p.83)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 2
- List of names on honour roll of wars (p.2)
- 1915 newspaper photo of 130th Battalion of Lanark & Renfrew Regiment with some names (p.4)
- 1958 & 1968 Chronicle reports on tribute paid to those died in 3 wars (p.5)
- 1969 article on opening of new library and museum with photos (p.9)
- Arnprior & District memorial Hospital history and number of newspaper photos (p.17)
- Victorian Order of nurses (p.31)
- Brothers William & Edward Beattie reminiscing – reunited after 50 years – some about significant fires as Bill Beattie was fire chief for many years – also includes his obituary (p.34)
- Retirement of Archie Bennett as mail carrier after 30 years (p.36)
- Retirement of Thomas James Cannon and his horse as mail carrier (p.38)
- W.J. Cardiff presented with 50 year pin from masons (p.39)
- John Findley and Dr. John S Findlay – short background and photo of each (p.40)
- Charles Gilmour history and photo (p.41)
- History of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen May, with photo (p.43)
- Honouring Mr. & Mrs. Alex Staye (p.44)
- Guide Joan McKay receives gold cord (p.45)
- Bill Murray invested as Queen’s scout (p.46)
- Tony Foulkes of England visiting Arnprior (p.47)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 3 (Schools)
- History of Arnprior Grammar School & High School. Includes reference to Dugald C. McNab and other principals, names of many early students, including Percival Cooney. There are photos including students, plus wokshop and home ec rooms. (p2)
- Walter Zadow Public School, some 1970 photos of students and early photos of students, with names (p.52)
- Alexander Reid School (p.63)
- Separate Schools (p.68)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 4 (Clubs, Societies, Businesses, Sports)
- History of Business and Professional Club (p.2)
- Chamber of Commerce (p.5)
- Curling Club (p.6)
- Senior Citizens Club (p.8)
- Knights of Columbus (p.12)
- Royal Canadian Legion (p.14)
- Arnprior Lions Club (p.16)
- Lions Boys’ Band (p.18)
- Oddfellow Lodge (IOOF) (p.19)
- Optimist Club (p.20)
- History of Mathewson and Mathewson Furniture (p.21)
- Manpower (Unemplyment commission) (p.22)
- Carleton Products Consultants Ltd (CPCL) (p.23)
- Canadian Public Booth – maker of phone booths, etc (p.25)
- Kenwood Mills / Huyck Canada, including World War 2 honour roll (p.27)
- Playtex (p.32)
- Skyrotors (p.37)
- Bank of Nova Scotia, including details of its fire, & Bank of Ottawa (p.40)
- Smiths Construction (p.47)
- Smith’s Dairy (p.48)
- Drugstore – Frank Frederick (p.49)
- Walker Stores (p.51)
- Dominion Store (p.52)
- Times Fibre Plant – Union Carbide (p.53)
- Sports, including many early sports and athletes – photo of Alerts Schoolboy team of 1916, first regatta, various photos (p.54)
- Picture of wharf (p.65)
- Fire Department, including photo of 1923 firemen and named (p.70)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 5 (Churches)
- Emmanuel Anglican Church (p.2)
- Calvary Baptist Church (p.6)
- Elgin Street Baptist Church (p.7)
- First Baptist Church (p.9)
- Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (p.16)
- Lutheran Church (p.17)
- Wesleyan Methodist Church (p.21)
- Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church (p.22)
- St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (p.25)
- St. John Chrysostom Roman Catholic church (p.32)
- St. Theresa’s Novitiate (Oblate Order) (p.39)
- Grace St. Andrew’s United Church (p.40)
- Article on the Salvation Army in Arnprior and the timber ear – by Charlotte Whitton (p.50)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 6 (Newspaper clippings primarily from mid 1980s to mid 1990s)
- 1988 Federated news magazine describing the conference (p.2)
- Erland lee Museum & Hoodless Homestead (p.27)
- Arnprior WI’s 25th anniversary in 1957 with photos (p.34)
- Arnprior WIs start & history with photos (p.37)
- Mr. & Mrs. Archie Bennett – 60th anniversary in 1978 (p.39)
- Arnprior WI’s 50th anniversary in 1982 with photos – lists recent Presidents & Sec-Treas. (p.40)
- Plaque at Burnstown for start of Renfrew south District (p.43)
- Arnprior WIs 10 year achievements around 1985 (p.45)
- Arnprior WI’s 1983/84 program (p.46)
- Summary of the WI (p.47)
- 1983 Appreciation Tea at Burnstown (p.50)
- Federal Study Centre & Canadian Civil Defence College (also known as Emergency Measures) (p.51)
- List of departed WI members since 1957 (p.52)
- 1986 photos of members – Anderson, MacDowell, Raddatz, Hutchison, Gardner, Campbell, Cameron, Symington, Greene (p.53)
- 1984 Tweedsmuir History Day at Calabogie with photos of quilts, etc (p.54)
- Lions Friendship Arch (p.57)
- Alex & Jean Symington 50th anniversary (p.58)
- Martha Grainger’s 90th birthday (p.58)
- Arnprior Reeves from 1863 to 1984 (p.59)
- 1985 Arnprior Fire Department (p.61)
- Measurement Engineering building / Sanitaris Building (p.62)
- Community Awareness & Emergency Response *CAER” (p.287)
- Map of Arnprior (p.290)
- St. John’s Ambulance (p.292)
- Valley wholesale (p.293)
- 60th Anniversay Arnprior WI (p.294)
- Terry Fox Run 1992 (p.295)
- Christine Reaburn & Lloyd Cameron (p.296)
- Harry Toop, beekeeper (p.297)
- Joanne McLaren (p.297)
- Reid Brothers – staff from 50s (p.298)
- Jean Symington (p.298)
- Agnes Coleman (p.299)
- Sarah (Sadie) cooke (p.299)
- ACWW (p.299)
- Participaction challenge (p.301)
- ADHS Dixie Combo Band (p.302)
- Ella Box (p.302)
- Optimist Club & Bell Park (p.303)
- Arnold Muirhead, Canada 125 medal (p.303)
- Author, Eunice Pemeel (p.304)
- 5 residences (p.305)
- ADHS teachers (p.307)
- 1991 FWIC convention & ACWW magazine (p.308)
- Arnprior WI minutes & other items at Museum (p.321 & 331)
- Tweedsmuir Table of Contents vol 1 to 5 (p.323)
- Foster Child from Liberia, Gbalay Johnson (p.334)
- Renfrew South District WI – FWIO’s 75th anniversary (p.338)
- 1993 ACWW magazine (p.340)
- Grace St.Andrew’s Church Centennial supplement (p.344)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 7 (1990s/2000 clippings & WI activities)
- 1993 Museum, curator Helen Anglin (p.2)
- Photos Arnprior WI ladies, including display at museum (p.3)
- Sacred Heart Convent closes (p.4)
- Stephanie Egan (p.5)
- Jan & Archie Dawson & miniature house (p.5)
- Bill Wilson, pharmacist (p.8)
- Art Charbonneau, trustee, honoured (p.9)
- Leo Jordan MPP (p.9)
- Arnprior Hospital (p.10)
- Susan Spence (p.10)
- Opportunity Shop (p.11)
- Bonnie Jane’s Scones shop opens (p.12)
- Harry Cooke died (p.13)
- Meals on Wheels (p.14)
- Eclipse (p.14)
- Charles Lynch dies (p.14)
- Arnprior & District Archives opening (p.15)
- WI overview (p.16)
- Save the Grove (p.17)
- 1994 International Plowing match at Pembroke (p.18)
- Aleck Morrall (p.24)
- Edna Bahm (p.25)
- Photos Arnprior WI (p.26)
- Boeing (p.28)
- Hospital logo (p.29)
- Wendy’s Tim Hortons (p.29)
- Goshen WI & their orchestra with photos (p.30)
- Canadian emergency preparedness College (p.30)
- Jim Lillie & Alex Staye (p.32)
- Algonquin land claims (p.32)
- Bob Graham & ETM Industries (p.33)
- Ralph Pickard (p.33)
- Keith Burns (p.33)
- Business Life, Ray Stamplecoski, Norm Hazelwood (p.34)
- OPP (p.34)
- Aerotek Electric Mobility Vehicles, Mike Osborne (p.35)
- St. John Ambulance (p.36)
- Tae kwon do (p.36)
- Arnprior WI trip to Peterborough (p.37)
- Florence Greeley, St. John ambulance (p.37)
- Photos WI members 7 activities (p.38+ & 43 & 47+))
- Rebekkahs and Oddfellows hall (p.42)
- Grove Nursing Home addition (p.42)
- Arnprior & District Archives & Anne Wimmi (p.44 & 57))
- Hospital (p.45 & 69)
- Phil Poole (p.46)
- Outing to Arnprior including sketch of John St (p.50)
- HLR Publishing (p.51)
- WI planting centennial WI rose at Town hall, photos (p.52)
- WI display at Archives (p.52)
- Ben Kane (p.53)
- Artist, Kevin Dodds (p.54)
- Mark Lindsay & Kate Pace-Lindsay, skiing (p.43 & 54)
- WI display at Fair 1995, Jessie Campbell (p.55)
- John Beattie (p.55)
- Milton Symington (p.56)
- WI members at 100th anniv, Myrtle Graham & Jean Levi (p.58)
- WI members & activities, photos w names (p.58)
- Kirkman House (p.61)
- Book Home & Country donation to library (p.62)
- Henry Murdoch (p.63)
- Bernice Noblitt award winners (p.63)
- Legion donation to Grove Nursing home (p.64)
- Origin of name Arnprior (p.64)
- Havey and McGonigal families (p.64)
- History of WI District banner (p.65)
- Jack (John Malcolm) Smith (p.66)
- WI Centennial Rose blooming (p.66)
- 1997 WI activities, photos with names (p.67)
- Stewartville Station 50th anniv (p.68)
- Donna & Robert Leeson wedding at museum (p.69)
- Douglas & Stephen Spaull optometry (p.70)
- AJ Charbonneau Public School opening (p.71)
- Dan Fridgen & Wayne & Dan Lavallee (p.71)
- WI District honouring presidents and secretaries (p.72)
- Duncan & Hector Miller (p.72)
- Mamie Smith (p.74)
- Jennie Elliott (p.75)
- 911 Service starts (p.76)
- Noreen Mellema (p.77)
- Grove Nursing Home adult day program (p.79)
- Beryl Majaury (p.80)
- Elma Sutherland (p.81)
- Year 2000 Chamber (p.82)
- Large millennium Moon (p.82)
- Ian Miller 2000 (p.84)
- Annie Young (p.85)
Series 3: Miscellaneous Material H9.2
- a coin collection awarded to Institute on its 60th anniversary in 1992,
- a letter from William Davis (Premier of Ontario) on the Institute’s 50th anniversary in 1982,
- a painted wood sign with the Institute’s name and crest (44.5 cm x 40 cm) (now displayed in Reading Room)
- information on FWIO, FWIC, the Associated Country Women of the World, the 100th anniversary of the women’s institutes in Canada and AWI, copy of speech given by Helen Golding (Arnprior and District Museum curator) on the 100th anniversary,
- pin for a life member with the motto (For Home and County)
- AWI’s 50th anniversary book.
- A compilation of member histories which was done in 2000. Members who contributed to this publication were Aleta Greene, Marion MacLean, Jean Sadler, Jean Symington, Dorothy C. Cameron, Jessie Campbell, Audrey J. Taylor, Patricia MacLean, Iva Chomyn, Anne (Tessier) Wimmi and Annie Young. They wrote about their lives and the impact that the WI has had on them.
- Frame with "Russell St. Seniors Arnprior W.I." This is probably the Russell St. Apartments in Arnprior. (H - Top Shelf)
- 9 photos of people quilting. The photos were removed from the frame and put in separate envelopes. Some people have been identified: Jean Raddatz, Jessie Campbell, Rhona Neumann, and Muriel Friday. (H9.2)
- Envelope containing 4 programs of Arnprior Women's Institute 1935-1939
The Tweedsmuirs have been digitized and should be used instead of the originals. Besides the digtized copy on the Archives server, a searchable digitized version is available on the FWIO Virtual Archives using the link below.
The page number references for the Tweedsmuirs refer to the digitized copies
A copy of the table of contents for volumes 1 to 5 of the Tweedsmuir History is available near the end of volume 6.
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized version rather than original. They are searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
The Stewartville Women's Institute was a branch of the Renfrew South District. It was organized in April 1949. The Stewart branch amalgamated with Arnprior in 2002 to become the Arnprior-Stewartville branch. In 2008 this branch disbanded with members joining the White Lake branch. The Stewartville W.I. dedicated its efforts in many areas such as child welfare, health, libraries, playgrounds, cooking and sewing.
Donated by the Stewartville Institute, Jane Maisonneuve, Secretary-Treasurer, April 1995. Tweedsmuir Histories and CD donated by Anita Schubrink, August 2007. Jim Austin, the curator of the Waba Cottage Museum digitized the Tweedsmuir History Binders in 2005 and produced an updated version in 2014. Accrual of two files in June 2015 of miscellaneous material by Jane Maisonneuve.
Scope and Content
The Stewartville Women's Institute fonds consists of three Series: Minutes & Financial Records, Tweedsmuir Histories and Miscellaneous Material.
Series 1 Minutes & Financial records of the Stewartville Women's Institute G4.2
This Series consists of 11 bound volumes of Minutes and Financial records dating from 1949-2002.
11. Accounts 1991-2002
Series 2 consists of 6 binders containing Tweedsmuir History Collection I14.1
The series also contains a digitized version of same on CD. The 6 binders contain newspaper clippings of articles from local newspapers and some original photographs. Curators Mrs. M. Wright and Mrs. Jessie Smith compiled these histories over many years. Some families mentioned are Arnott, Campbell, Coreau, Duff, Graham, Lavallee, McIntyre, McLean, McNab, Michelson, Mitchell, Neill, Nieman, Okum, Russett, Scheel, Schubrink, Slingerland, Smith, Stewart, Sutherland, Taylor, Watt, Wilson, and Wright. Volumes 3 and 4 also contains the names of Bahm, Calberry, Carswell, Johnston, McCann, Roach and Young. Photos are listed at the bottom of each volume. Most volumes contain information concerning the branch, its members, and its events, as well as the following:
Tweedsmuir History Volume 1:
- History of early settlement of Stewartville and McNab Township, including an 1838 petition to oust Laird McNab and an1848 petition for Flat Rapids Cemetery.
- Indian encampment (p.28 & 211)
- History of Stewartville school (S.S. #5), Clay Valley School (S.S.#15), and opening of McNab Public School
- History of the Township Hall, and the Stewartville Presbyterian church
- McNab Telephone Co. Ltd (1945)
- Waba Cottage
- Gillies Closure
- Location of Ryan Creek
- Jesus Festival
- Lists of War Veterans, including photos of Edgar Stavenow and Harvey Smith
- History of farms in area.
- 1935 School of Agriculture & Home Economics banquet
- Building of Stewartville Power Generating Station
Photos in Volume 1:
a) B&W photo of Alexander Duff store built in 1869, photo taken in 1899.
b) B&W photo of Duff residence taken in 1920.
c) 4 B&W photos of Stewartville Presbyterian Church, various dates.
d) 3 B&W photos of Stewartville Bridge, Stewartville Sunday School Children, Stewartville Hydro Colony.
e) B&W photo of commemoration plaque re: original site of McNab Township Hall.
f) B&W photo of highland papers heading a procession
g) B&W photo of Mary Sutherland - first teacher for Stewartville School No. 5 McNab
h) B&W photos SS No. 5 1899 - Teacher's Miss Bellman, Maggie O'Connor 1900, Katie Carswell 1920, Stewartville School 1950
i) B&W photo of District President Mrs. John Henderson
j) B&W photo of Mrs. Robert Mullins - District Secretary
k) B&W photo of first birthday, April 25, 1950 at the home of Mrs. J. Watt.
l) B&W photo of Women's Institute taken at Stewartville 1951
m) Colour Photo of Mrs. Robert McGregor - District President 1953
o) B&W photo of Mrs. Hector Scheel - District President
p) B&W photo of Conference at Guelph 1951
q) B&W photo of Pte Edgar Stavenow - killed in action 1944
r) B&W photo Pte Harvey F. Smith - killed in action 1945
s) B&W photos - House built by Allan Stewart, House built by J. H. Wright
t) B&W photo of Smith home
u) B&W photo of little John Scheel
v) B&W photo of home of the Campbell
Tweedsmuir History Volume 2:
- History of early settlement of Stewartville, McNab Township, and Arnprior
- Bonnechere Manor opening 1958
- Waba Cottage – cornerstone laying
- McNab Township financial statement 1914
- Dedication of Goshen Cairn 1989
- Dedication of 1st Township Hall Cairn 1974
- Stewartville church fire 1984
- McNab School opening
- Arnprior Hwy 17 bypass (p.118)
- Stewartville bridge opening
- Wood sawing bee (p.135)
- Mayfair Pavilion by Staye (p.150)
- Newspaper clippings of local events, wedding, and obituaries
Photos in Volume 2:
a) B&W photo of bake sale held at "One Hour Cleaners" 1979
b) B&W photo of Clay Valley Ball Team
Tweedsmuir History Volume 3:
- Naming of Scheel Road
- McNab Public School – 20th anniversary with many school activities
- Letter explaining why Lord’s Prayer is no longer said
- WI – its roll in event of emergency
- 1974 unveiling cairn commemorating the first township hall; program, including address by WI
- Presidents and Secretaries of branch; some photos of members & events
- Cairn at Pine Grove
- Claybank WI – photo of 4 life members at 70th anniversary
- Photo of White Lake Orchestra
- Yearly mystery tours
- Two Island Marble Factory at Dacre
- Some history of Arnprior airport
- Photo in newspaper of last wooden culvert (p.124)
- Annexation by Arnprior (p141)
- Stewartville bridge
- Many activities by McNab Township Council
- Smith’s Dairy (p172)
- Some anniversaries, weddings, and obituaries
- Quilts and crafts by Eva Mitchell
Tweedsmuir History Volume 4:
- WI activities
- McNab Public School activities, including Agriculture Week
- Start of A. J. Charbonneau school
- McNab Council and activities within township
- Histories of Smith Homestead (p.136) and Mitchell farms
- 1844 petition for Flat Rapid Cemetery (transcription) (p144)
- Stewartville Dam history and program for their 50th year open house (1998)
- Start-up of Arnprior & District Archives (p.140)
- 1998 Ice Storm
- Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors Home Support (p.160)
- 1998 open house of Stewartville dam (p.163)
- Mushroom farm (p.183)
- Wedding and anniversaries
Photo in Volume 4
a) B&W photo of Mr. & Mrs. Lester Neill
Tweedsmuir History Volume 5:
- A few newspaper clippings from the 1940s and 1950s, with most afterwards from 1960s & 1970s
- Series of Newspaper articles on early history, including:
- names of locations (p.12-13)
- Percival Clooney info (author of Kinsmen) & his 1892 poem (p.14-15),
- Laird McNab (before and after coming to Canada) and of Arnprior (p.19-21)
- McLachlin Mills & lumber yard (p.22-29)
- History of Laird McNab & Arnprior, including McNab’s 1845 purchase on 18 ac. on Conc. A (p.30-33)
- History of Arnprior & McLachlin with photos (p.34-46)
- P.53 Stewartville Hydro dam and changes at various other dams in the 1960s
- P.67 Gillies Inn demolished at Braeside
- P.86 32lb. muskie caught
- P.92 Scheel Windows (1970) with photos
- P.103 Rebuilding Waba Cottage at White Lake
- P.106 Kennedy sawmill at Waba – before and after fire (1970)
Tweedsmuir History Volume 6:
- P.6 & 9 old curling club on Elgin St. with photo
- P.8 Baker & Kennedy Marina
- P.10 Mac Beattie
- P.12 New Dam at White Lake, including photo of original dam (p.28)
- P.44 Last log drive on Waba Creek (1971)
- P.33 Information on Arnprior dam (1971)
- P.25 John Watt and homeopathy in Arnprior
- Some wedding and anniversary announcements
Series 3 consists of a small amount of Miscellaneous Material: G4.2, I14.1
- Book entitled Ontario Women’s Institute Story (1972), commemorating 75 years
- Book entitled Fifty Years of Achievement (1948), commemorating 50 years.
- Letter of thanks for donation and certificate of appreciation from the First Glasgow Station Brownies (November 16, 1985).
- A Century of Fashion (booklet) published by the Women's Institute in 1997 as a Centennial project
- Member profile of Gladys Irene Palmer Sullivan (photocopy)
- History of South Renfrew District by Eileen Brydges, Burnstown WI
- 92nd District Annual Program May 14 2005 hosted by Arnprior-Stewartville
- approx. 25 colour photographs with identification of members enjoying activities1980's - 1990's
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized version rather than original. Available in resources folder. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
See also: Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963 in Reading Room.
See also file folder: “Stewartville Women’s Institute” in Peter Hessel fonds 1994 0021.
Tweedsmuir History books treated for mildew from November 2013 to April 2016
History / Biography
The Dewars Women's Institutute, a branch of Renfrew South District, was formed in May 1941 and disbanded in May 2004. This branch dedicated its efforts in many areas such as child welfare, health, libraries, playgrounds, cooking and sewing. Presidents through the years were:
1941 - Mrs. Crawford Dewar
1943 - Mrs. Donald Dewar
1945 - Mrs. Stewart Carmichael
1947 - Mrs. Herman Bahm
1948 - Mrs. Charles Bahm
1950 - Mrs. George Lavallee
1952 - Mrs. Ronald Dewar
1954 - Mrs. Alfred Bahm
1958 - Mrs. Duncan Dewar
1962 - Mrs. Stan Lemmon
1966 - Mrs. J. M. MacMillan
1968 - Mrs. Dalton Bahm
1971 - Mrs. Duncan Dewar
1975 - Mrs. Alf Bahm
1980 - Mrs. Gar Bryan
The first 5 minute books were donated by the Dewars Women’s Institute in April 1995. The 6th minute book (1986-1996) was donated by Anne Carmichael, a member of Dewar's Institute, in June 1998.
In February 2011, Amy Neill, Renfrew South District W.I.'s Tweedsmuir Co-ordinator, brought in a few more books and items, including the last minute book (1996-2004), Gavel & stand, 1950s binder on Agricultural & Canadian Industries, a few booklets, and miscellaneous reports and newspaper clippings. Two Volumes of Tweedsmuir History were donated in 2013 through the efforts of Mrs. Amy Neill and Mrs. Gloria Hamilton.
Scope and Content
The Dewar Women's Institute fonds consists of three Series: Minutes, Tweedsmuir Histories and Miscellaneous Records.
Series 1: Minute books contain regular monthly, executive and directors’ meetings, annual reports as well as other information such as attendance records and membership lists from 1941-2003. There is a gap in the Minutes between 1977 and 1986
6. 1986-1996 (also contains Financial records)
Series 2: Two volumes of Tweedsmuir Histories:
Book 1 (missing cover) was compiled by curators Mrs. Crawford Dewar, Mrs. Stewart Carmicheal and Mrs. Stan Lemmon. It covers the period 1941 to approx. 1980 and begins with an account of the history of the branch, its charter members, presidents, anniversaries, community projects etc.
Other topics (as taken from titles) include:
- History of the Churches in Dewar's Community (Methodist Church, Baptist Church, Dewar's Presbyterian Church)
- Branch of the L.O.L. Organized At Sand Point, Horton and Sand Point L.O.L. Lodges
- History of First School in Dewar's Settlement (contains list of School Teachers for S.S. No. 7 McNab)
- Farm Forum and Dewar's Junior Farmers
- History of Stewart Carmichael Farm (Lot 16 Con 11 McNab)
- History of the Donald Dewar Farm Home (Lot 21 Con 11 McNab)
- History of the F. Dewar Farm (Lot 20 Con 11 McNab)
- History of the Lynn Property
- The Crawford Dewar Farm (Lot 23 Con 11 McNab)
- History of the John J. Campbell Farm (Lot 24 Con 11 McNab)
- History of the John Caldwell Farm ( Lot 18 Con 9 McNab)
- Home of Charles Bahm (Lot 16 Con 11 McNab)
- Farm Home of Herman Bahm (Lots 14 & 15 Con 10)
- Alfred & Ellen Bahm Farm Home (East 1/2 Lot 13 Con 8 McNab)
- Home of Robert Lavallee (Lot 16 Con 10 McNab)
- Home of John A. Macmillan (Lot 15 Con 11 McNab)
- Home of James MacLaren MacMillan (Lot 14 Con 11 McNab)
- The Donald McMillan Farm Home (Lot 16 Con 9)
- Farm Home of George McLean (Lot 19 Con 11)
- History of the McNulty Farm
- History of the John Odber Farm (Lot 15 Con 10)
- History of the Hugh Stevenson Farm (Lot 21 Con 10)
- History of the Walter Stevenson Farm (Lot 22 Con 10)
- Home of Gordon Stevenson (Lot 22 Con 10)
- History of the MacLean Russett Farm (Lot 7 Con 9)
- History of Malcolm Campbell's Log Barn Built 100 Years Ago (12th Concession)
- Farm History of the Roy McMillan Homestead (Lot 13 Con 11)
Book 2 (Pages Removed from Binder)
Series 3: Miscellaneous Records: Box G5.4
1. Artifact: Gavel and stand. (The gavel is enscribed "In memory of Mrs. Stewart Carmichael September 1981" and the stand is enscribed "Dewars W.I.")
2. Artifact: Rubber stamp with Home and Country crest.
3. Envelope containing Women's Institute Song Book, copyright 1950 and Personal Emergency Plan booklet, c.1999 by Eastern Area Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario
4. "Dewars Women's Institute Agriculture & Canadian Industries" binder compiled by Mrs. Duncan Dewar (removed from binder and placed into two files).
- File 1 contents primarily date from 1950s, although some 1980 reports are included along with Citizenship and Education convenor and other convenor reports. File 1 also contains a newspaper clipping for Mr. & Mrs. Donald Dewar - 50th wedding anniversary c.1964.
Other Miscellaneous reports and information contained in File 1 include:
- 1963-1964 and 1966-1967 report of meetings to Ontario Department of Agriculture
- 1977 Eastern Area Education & Cultural Activities report
- 1980-1981 District Education & Cultural Activities report
- 1981 Eastern Area Education & Cultural Activities report
File 2 contains loose newspaper clippings, reports, and a few interesting tidbits and poems about agriculture and the role of the farm wife.
5. Copy of "Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963"
Both volumes of the Tweedsmuir Histories as well as the Dewars Women's Institute Agriculture & Canadian Industries binder have been digitized and are searchable on the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized version rather than original. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives
The Glasgow branch of the Women's Institute was organized in 1914 by Mrs. John Blane of Burnstown. The first president was Mrs. Kenneth Gillan (also reported as being Mrs. John Affleck), Vice President - Mrs. Barr, Secretary Treasurer - Mrs. George McNab and District Treasurer - Mrs. W. Hamilton. It was disbanded in 1928 when members joined the United Farm Women of Ontario. When this organization merged into the Federation of Agriculture the Glasgow Women's Institute was re-organized in March 21, 1945. It is part of the South Renfrew District. The Glasgow W.I. has won several community awards over the years including Outstanding Article (Home and Country magazine) in 1986 and Best Display in the 1993 Renfrew Fair.
Mrs. Clare Hamilton, secretary of the Glasgow Women’s Institute donated records of the group in November of 1999. Tweedsmuir histories and annual programs were donated in 2008 by Gloria Hamilton.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of Minutes of Regular, Executive and Director’s Meetings and Tweedsmuir Histories which are recorded in eight volumes with a gap between 1950 and 1959. Financial statements and reports of Meetings for the Ontario Dept. of Agriculture Extension Branch are also included with these records:
March 19, 1945 to May 17, 1950
April 15, 1959 to Sept. 3, 1963
October 1, 1963 to April 16, 1969
April 15, 1969 to March 20, 1973
April 17, 1973 to March 15, 1979
April 19, 1979 to Feb. 15, 1983
April 19, 1983 to March 7, 1989
April 20, 1989 to March 18, 1993
The collection also includes 14 issues of Home and Country magazine and other miscellaneous items:
4 Volumes of Tweedsmuir History: Along with documenting the various activities of the Women's Institute (meetings, conventions, anniversaries etc.) the Tweedsmuir Histories also contain historical information about important places and events in the area. Photographs appear throughout the volumes along with newspaper clippings.
Volume 1 covers events and essays from 1946 - 1976 including the history of the schoolhouses (S.S. No. 13 McNab), the blacksmith shop, the Post Office (known as Harvey P.O.), Lundy's corners, a list of teachers in S.S. No. 13 McNab, Skating Rink, Glasgow station (built in 1894 destroyed by fire 1945), Glasgow Community Hall (built in 1915), William McLean's Saw Mill, Glasgow Cheese Factory (built 1901), Mail service (Robert Cherry and others), rural telephone service and a 1921 Voters List for McNab.
Volume 2 covers events and essays from 1968 - 1987 including the farm histories of the Hamilton Farm, William Laventure, Vernon Kilgore, Affleck family, Kilgore, Jame Campbell, Charles Graham, Rober Lavallee, James Ferguson, David Brown, Celesta Lavallee, Stuart Anderson, James Hutson, Reid Carswell, James Tough, Andrew Carswell, Peter McMillan, Scobie, Dmytrychyn, James Young, James Forrest, Hercules Murphy, Lewis Forrest (Blacksmith), R. A. Stewart, James Brown, David Mackie, John Sutherland, Perneel family, William McArthur, Celesta Hamilton, Josias McIntosh, John McGee, Daniel Smith, Young's Service Station, John Tough, George McLaren, Peter Robertson, David Hamilton, Louella Hult, Andrew Hamilton, John Misner, Daniel McIlinden (Dan Lundy), James Gillan (NOT ALL NAMES LISTED) Also covered in Volume 2 is a photograph of the Glasgow Community Hall (page 33) and article (page 56), Post Office, Glasgow General Store, Glasgow United Church, Dedication of the Cairn commemorating first School, opening of McNab school etc. One letter dated 1868 from the town Clerk's office regarding School section 13. Note: Page 89 (electronic page number) shows photo of W.I. members presenting a cheque. Several names are listed in the wrong order. Second lady from left is Mrs. Evelyn Richards, Mrs. Alma Majaury is presenting cheque and Mrs. Evelyn Desilets is last lady on right.
Volume 3 covers 1982 - 2005 contains a history of the Glasgow Women's Institute, history of Arnott farm, Neill farm and others, an index of names of first owners of lots in Concessions 7 & 8 McNab Township as well as news of WI events and anniversaries.
Volume 4 covers 2006 to 2008. Contains typed histories of some of the topics covered in Volume 1 & 2.
A set of Programmes of the Women's Institutes in South Renfrew District from 1947 - 2006 was also donated by the Institute. Many belonged to Mrs. J. A. (Florida) Young and several belonged to Mrs. W. (Gloria) Hamilton. In 2014, several programs that had been missing from this series were added from those collected by Mrs. Doris Humphries and Mrs. Campbell Humphries from the Castleford Women's Institute. The original owner wrote their names on the outside cover, so it is easy to see who's program forms each part of the set. The set ranges in date from 1947 to 2005 with the following gaps: 1952-1953; 1997-1998. A set donated to the Renfrew South District Women's Institute in 2018 brings the collection to 2018 and fills the gap from 1997-1998. See Box I9.1
Note that there is a gap in minutes from 1950 -1959
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized version rather than original. Available in resources folder. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
See: McNab Township Heritage and Museum Committee Records 1993-0014 for Margaret Hamilton's Countryside Musings articles
2 boxes of textual and photographic records; 65 cm
adhesive photo albums
History / Biography
Goshen Women’s Institute, a branch in Renfrew South District, was organized on September 17, 1914 by Mrs. Stringer of Burnstown, and Miss McLachlin of White Lake. Meetings took place in members homes until the branch purchased a small log building from the Sons of Temperance to use as their meeting hall in 1925. Goshen W.I. supported the community through its volunteer work and donations to local clubs and organizations including the Renfrew Victoria Hospital. The branch disbanded April 25 1994 following a motion at the Annual Meeting of the Branch April 5 1994.
In May 1999, Betty Comba, President of Renfrew South District W.I.at the time, donated financial documents (1989-1994) and the Provincial Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
In the fall of 2010, Gloria Hamilton, Tweedsmuir Co-ordinator of the District, brought in the last two minute books and two Tweedsmuir History binders. They were at the home of Sally Cook of Goshen, the last president of the branch.
In September 2010, Eva Yantha, the last secretary of Goshen W.I., donated 13 minute books dating from 1914, two Tweedsmuir History binders with some miscellaneous items, 3 items appreciating Amelia Yantha (life membership, acknowledgement, and plaque), District Golden Jubilee book, a few "Federated News" and "Home & Country" magazines, and miscellaneous information.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of four series; Minute Books, Tweedsmuir Histories, Financial Records and Miscellaneous Material.
Series 1) Minute Books: Box I 10.1
This Series contains a complete set of 14 bound minute books from November 11, 1914 to April 25, 1994. It also includes the roll of members. The last meeting of the Goshen W.I. took place at the home of Glennis Hartwick. It was decided that remaining funds of the Institute be given to Delmer McCallum for the Goshen Cemetery which the W.I. had supported throughout the years.
Series 2) Tweedsmuir History Books: Box I 10.2
This Series contains four books covering activities and community history from 1914 to 1994
Volumes 1 & 2 were compiled by Sally Cook, with pictures and information obtained from Goshen W.I. members. Volumes 3 & 4 were compiled by Eva Yantha.
Tweedmuir History Volume No. 1:
- organization of Goshen W.I. in 1914
- early history of "Goshen Corners" written in 1959 by Minnie Carswell Peever
- photo of Goshen Hall, 1929
- photo of Goshen Cemetery
- photo of Goshen General Store (looks to be remains after a fire)
- 1896 newspaper article on death of 26 year old Miss Ellen Millar
- short old newspaper article on pickets at Goshen Cemetery
- history of Goshen School
- photos of early 1900s Goshen Sewing Club and picnic gathering
- 1917 Goshen Basketball Team (no picture any longer) - names: Elsie McGregor, Jean Stewart, Edna McLaren, Irene McGregor, Mary Alice Miller, Annie McGregor, Beatrice Burton, Lily McMillan
- early 1900 photo of Goshen WI members at home of Wm. Durbrows (present home of Mary McNee), with members named - McGregor, Chown, Durbrow, Miller, Lindsay, McIntosh, McNulty, Scott, Simpson, Harding, Stewart, McArthur, McLaren, Carswell
- 1916 photo of Goshen WI members, with members named - similar names as above with the addition of Simpson, and Peever.
- 1921 Lawn Social at Goshen - newspaper clipping, including photo, with some members named, including Kerr, McGregor, Miller, McMillan, Durbrown, McNab, McNulty, Harding, Stewart, Dickson, McLaren, Burwell, Peever.
- newspaper clipping of photo of Mrs. J.T. Miller, District Secretary
- poem in memory of Mrs. David Carswell, Sr., dated 1899 from Manitou
- list of Goshen WI Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers from 1914-1970. - McLaren, Miller, Lindsay, Peever, McGregor, Jamieson, Barr, McLaren, Seely, Hanneman, McCallum, Roffey, Airth, Copola, Simpson, Harding, McDermid, and Burton
- Mrs. John E. Miller, first from Renfrew South District to be elected to FWIO Provincial Board (1932-1934)
- List of Chartered Members (copy of original list on subsequent page) - McLaren, Scharfe, Harding, Miller, Carswell, McGregor, Kerr, Simpson, Harding, Stewart, Durbrow.
- newspaper clipping - WI making improvements to Goshen Cemetery
- short explanation on early settlement and how Goshen gots its name - Families mentioned are Campbell, McDermid, McMullen, Miller, Airth, McInnes.
- short explanation of CNR Railroad. Names mentioned are Booth, Carswell, Miller, Wright
- minutes of first meeting in 1914
- Edna Dewar honoured by friends of Institutes
- 1957 - Renfrew Fair display
- photo of ladies at Garden Picnic at Mrs J.E. Miller's home in Goshen
- newspaper clipping and photo of Goshen members for 50 years - Della Barr, Mrs. J.E. Miller, Mrs. Harvey Jamieson, Mrs. Ellen Phillips, Mrs W.T. Roffie, Mrs. Wesley Miller
- photo of Goshen W.I. Band, members named - Mrs. John E. Miller, Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Mrs. Mary Seely, Mrs. Stewart McLaren.(note: this was a well-known band that attended many events)
- newspaper clipping and photo of early 1900 Renfrew Achievement Day for 4-H homemaking clubs - more than 150 girls
- 1940 photos - old time costumes at WI meeting
- 1942 photo of District Annual at Combermere
- 1934 photo of Speaker's Meeting - about 25 ladies
- 1948 and 1949 newspaper clippings of Goshen WI meetings
- 3 b&W photos of groups of ladies: one says 1939 meeting at Mrs. John McCallums
- 1944 and 1950 photos of Renfrew Fair displays
- photos of cairn to commemmorate Canaan Church
- newspaper clipping of plaque in Stewartville in memory of first McNab Hall
- newspaper photo of Dr. Charlotte Whitton and Mrs. Arnold Cardiff.
- 4 mini b&w photos in 1914 and 1915 of Homestead of Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm McLaren - also a photo of girl, Margaret Robertson-Powell - info presented by daughter, Edna Dewar.
- newspaper photo of Mrs Crawford Dewar
- 1924 photo of local Goshen girls who entered nursing - Betty Cook Tschanen, Orphia Robertson Stewart, Isabel Laventure Alreins, Jean Laventure Coppola, Norma Jameison.
- 1919 photo of farming - discing with horses
- 1919 photo of haying - horse drawn wagon and man pitching on hay
- newspaper clipping of Goshen WI 40th anniversary - photo of District and Branch exec.
- newspaper clipping of Goshen WI 50th anniversary - photo of cutting cake with names and description of event
- newspaper clipping of Goshen WI 60th anniversary
- 2 newspaper photos of Goshen WI Band - 1957 and 1974 - starrted in 1957 - members are named
- short history of Horton Township and schools SS#2 and SS#5
- b&w photo of school, with students named - Laventure, McLaren, Scharff, Carswell, Mayhew, Nesbitt, McGregor, Kerr, Miller
- obituary and photo of Mrs. Mary Mabel McArthur, (nee Miller)
- obituary of Mrs. Ester Martha Cook (nee Wieland), and a clipping of a meeting held at her home.
- photos and newspaper clippings of the 100th birthday of Andrew Cook in 1980. Photo with Frank Russett and Paul Yakabuski
- obituary of Andrew Cook
- History of Cook Homestead, including 1980 photo and early photos (house, pigs, old log stable and work horses).
- Goshen Flea Market - with coloured photo
- photo of Jim Simpson
- History of McCallum farm; photo of D.J. McCallum
- obituaries and photo of Lila Mae McCallum (nee Hunt) and John James McCallum
- newspaper photo of 50th anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Miller
- photo and clipping of Mrs. J. E. Miller
- Goshen WI 55th Anniversary Tea - 1969 - photo with names
- 4 coloured photos of Goshen WI celebration of FWIO 75th anniversary - named - Young, McDermid, Burton, Yantha, McArthur, Jamieson, McCallum, Cook, McNee, Dewar, Poirier
- 2 coloured photos - one with Mrs. Howina Roffey celebrating 95th birthday
- 1980 - newspaper photo of display of wool at Combermere.
- photos of South Renfrew WI Tea at Burnstown
- 90th birthday celebration and obituary of Martha Jamieson (nee Phillips)
- home, life, and obituary of Mary McNee, with some photos
- 50th anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Burton (nee Laventure) - with coloured photo
- coloured photos, including 3 life members, Mrs. Barr, Mrs. Jamieson, Mrs. Burton.
- 1982-1983 WI Programs
- obituary of J. Eric Campbell and 1982 photo of his farm
- deceased members - some photos, and obituary of Hughena Roffey (nee Bromley)
- 1983-1984 WI Programs
- 1983 - WI Tea at Burnstown honouring Mrs. Vera Bedore, an Area President, photo of past presidents and secretaries of district
- obituary of Elizabeth Miller (nee Harding)
- article on Renfrew South District and the 1983 Tea at Burnstown
- 3 photos of 1983 Goshen WI meeting - named - Seely, Burton, Cook, Purdie, Coppela, Dewar, Yantha, McCallum, Wallace, Young, Smith
- 1984 list of Goshen Executive
- 1985 Curator's report
- 2 photos of Una McCallum receiving life membership
- 3 photos of 1984 Goshen WI members, presenting Joyce Brydges with farewell gift as she moved to Toronto - names - Brydges, Yantha, Coppola, McCannum, Cook, Burton, Dewar, Purdie
- 2 photos of Edna Dewar presenting life memberships to Amelia Yantha and Una McCallum
- newspaper clipping of life and death of Ruby Miller (nee Pottinger)
- photo of unidentified baby wearing christening gown mentioned in the letter below
- Letter about life of Ruby (Pottinger) Miller and the Pottinger family, and the use of the christening robe for so many christenings. The following 5 photocopies might be items referenced in letter
- photocopy of photo of Ruby (Pottinger) Miller and grandkids written by family member Eileen.
-photocopy of 1912 Inspection Card for Immigration Officer for R. Pottinger at Port of Quebec
-photocopy of Ruby Pottinger's baptism
-photocopy of photo in London - perhaps Ruby Pottinger
-photocopy of 1926 first 'conference" with Mercury Correspondents - with Ruby Miller's signature.
-folder of loose items found in Volume 1:
1. Envelope with 1985 Assessment Notice for Goshen WI property (Horton Conc 4 Lot 1)
2. 1981 bill of sale of Goshen Hall (log building only) for $1000 to Willis Berndt from Goshen W.I.
3. Photo of Amelia Yantha, May 1986, receiving a certificate of appreciation and certificate
4. Postcard of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead
5. Letter re: 1985 donation to Cairn with Ladies Auxiliary of Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs on front of card
6. Letter from Lieutenant-Governor's Office describing Pauline McGibbon's background
Tweedmuir History Volume No. 2:
- life membership pin of Mrs. Martha Jamieson, donated by Shirley Shaw.
- 1914 photo of founding members of Goshen WI.
- newspaper article on Goshen railway station
- newspaper photo of 1964 Goshen WI's Ruby Miller's 50th anniversay tea, with names
- newspaper photo of Goshen country store and post office
- newspaper photo of Goshen WI orchestra
- 1985-1986 list of executives
- 1985 - 70th anniversary - erection of Cairn at Goshen, photo of ladies, - Cook, Purdie, Capolla, Burton, Dewar, Brydges, McCallum, Yantha, Seely; many other photos
- coloured photo of Ruby Miller, Martha Jamieson, and Della Barr (sister to Martha) at Martha's 90th birthday.
- 1986 curator's report, including noting death of Jennie Purdie on Oct. 4, 1986.
- 1986 executive and activities, noting death of Glenn Burton
- History of Seeley farm and the Seeley family - including photos of family through years and log house and barn
- presentation of plaque by Mary Seeley to Amelia Yantha for her many years of service to Goshen W.I. in 1988
- 5 photos of May meeting - names - Dewar, Carmicheal, McCallum, Cook, Jamieson, Burton, Coppola
- obituary and tribute to Jennie Bremner Purdie (nee Martin), with photos
- 1986 Renfrew Fair display
- 1987 executive and activities
- 2 photos of WI Christmas Dinner meeting with names
- 3 photos of WI meeting with identification
- obituary and 80th photo J.G. (Jean) Laventure Coppola
- old newspaper clipping of 'News of Goshen'
- Life membership card of Mrs. Harvey Jamieson (Martha)
- 1938-1939 Goshen WI program book
- 1967 meeting clipping
- 1988 curator's report
- 1988 executive and activities, noting death of Effie Robertson
- List of new members in 1988 - Eva Yantha, Shirley Kluke, Dorothy Schultz, Mary Hass, Glenda Hartwick, and Charlotte Pharand.
- 2 photos of Amelia Yantha honoured for many years as Secretary - names Yantha, Dewar, Shaw, McCallum, Hartwick
- Notebook containing: Duties of Treasurer, correspondence and financial records 1984-1991 with gaps
- Notebook containing: Cash Receipts and Expenditures 1986-1990
Series 4): Miscellaneous Material Box I10.1
1. File of Amelia Yantha's notes on the organization of the Renfrew Fair Tea hosted by Renfrew South District (1977-1991); her reports on District Annuals, Area Conventions, and other events in the 1980s and 1990s; and other material including her 1984 Life Membership Certificate and
1991 FWIO membership card.
2. File of Amelia Yantha's correspondence and notes for Cairn and Historical Plaque project 1985.
4. File containing Federated Women's Institute of Ontario Handbook 1983, Federated Women's Institute of Ontario Handbook 1990, Federated Women's Institutes of Canada "For Home and Country" Information Packet containing Creed, Prayer, History etc. belonging to Amelia Yantha, Home and Country Winter 1972 (contains report for Renfrew Women's Institutes), Home and Country Summer 1972 (contains photo of Miss Susan Little, Renfrew Country Home Economist with leaders at a Leader's Training School).
5. File containing Miscellaneous Administrative Records
All 4 volumes of the Tweedsmuir Histories were digitized in 2018 and are available on the FWIO Virtual Archive.
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized versions rather than originals. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives
See also: Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963 in Reading Room.
Digitized Tweedsmuir books in Common Folder. Minute books and first 2 Tweedsmuir books are also on microfilm.
6 microfilm reels; 25 bound volumes; 1 book
History / Biography
Burnstown Women's Institute was the first branch formed in Renfrew South District and started on Jan 11, 1911. The first meeting of the Burnstown Women’s Institute was held at the home of Mrs. Forrest in Burnstown in February. Mrs. J. G. Blane was President and Agnes McLachlan was Secretary Treasurer. The preparation of eggs and poultry was the topic set for the March meeting. A suggestion of cards for entertainment was rejected “on account of the evils to which it led”.
Mrs. Eileen Brydges, as branch secretary, donated the minutes in Negative form in 2000. The Arnprior Archives obtained positive copies that same year. In Nov. 2005, Mrs. Irene Robillard, as branch Tweedsmuir coordinator, donated the Tweedsmuir history reel, the Minutes of 1994 - 2005, the 1931 McNab Township Assessment Roll, and the 3 volumes of the IOGT minutes. The Assessment Roll and IOGT minutes were discovered by Tim Gordon in the Robertson General Store and were donated to the Burnstown WI. In 2009, the first 4 books of the Tweedsmuir Community History Collection were digitized by OGS and made available at the Archives electronically. In July 2018, Mrs. Irene Robillard donated the same first four volumes of the Tweedsmuir books in their original form, as well as a DVD depicting entries to the Burnstown Garden Competition 2006.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of:
- 6 microfilm reels consisting of minutes and the first two books of the Tweedsmuir history: (I 14.3)
Minutes 1911 - 1954 (Master Negative - do not use)
Minutes 1911 - 1954 (Positive copy)
Minutes 1954 - 1994 (Master Negative - do not use)
Minutes 1954 - 1994 (Positive copy)
Minutes 1994 - 2005 (Positive copy)
Tweedsmuir History (Positive copy)
- Burnstown WI Minutes, 18 volumes: 1911 - January 2005 (I 14.2)
- McNab Township Assessment Roll 1931 (B2)
- Minutes for the I. O. G. T. (International Order of Good Templars), 3 volumes: (I 14.2)
1890 - 1893
1894 - 1905
1905 - 1912
- Tweedsmuir Community History Collection (1st 4 books) (L4.10)
Volumes 1 and 2 have a Table of Contents or an Index.
Volumes 1-4 contain information concerning the branch, its members, and its events, as well as the following:
Photographs of early Burnstown streetview and bridges, WI members and displays
History of early settlement in the area, including Bagot Township to Springtown
Schools, school teachers, university graduates, nurses, active community women, veterans, local industry such as cheesemakers, shoemakers, blacksmiths
Local churches, including St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and the original Presbyterian church at Canaan and now the cairn
Cemeteries at Goshen, Springtown, White Lake and Fraser
Various bridges across the Madawaska at Burnstown
History of Springtown
Newspaper clippings about early settlement, lumbering days, industry, churches, the Leckie Hotel (also known as McGregor Hotel), Chief Archibald McNab and the opening of the Waba Cottage Museum in White Lake, etc.
Some industry in the village, accomplished persons
Burnstown Community Tribute Association
Many WI meetings and events, including information on the first branch and district meetings and other branches, such as the Goshen WI
Wedding anniversaries, family events, and obituaries, including photos
WI meetings and events, including 70 year anniversary photos
Photos and lists of names on 2 signature quilts in 1935 and 1967
Many WI events with photos including community garden contest, 75 and 90 year anniversaries, various activities for the 100 year anniversary of the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario
Life story of Bridget Mulvihill, oldest member in 1999
Photo of the building in which the very first church services were held in the early 1800s.
History of Burnstown School including various photos of students, some named
History of Fraser Cemetery
Dedication of Cairn at site of Canaan church
Newspaper clippings concerning local history, events and obituaries
Profiles of artistic community members and local businesses
Opening of the new Springtown bridge
Articles on Chief McNab and Canaan
One DVD-R showing entries into the Burnstown Garden Competition, 2006 (I 14.3)
Volume 1 of the Tweedsmuirs was re-bound in 2018. Original cover is included.
Tweedsmuir Books - please use digitized version. Electronic copies are in Common folder. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
The Castleford Women's Institute has it roots in Lochwinnoch where the Lochwinnoch Women's Institute formed on July 1 1913 in the Lochwinnoch Presbyterian Church. The name of the Branch changed to Castleford Women's Institute in May 1915. Mrs. James Stringer and Mrs. McLeod of Burnstown were the organizers. The officers were Mrs. Alex Johnson of Castleford (President), Mrs. James Miller of Lochwinnoch (Vice-President), Mrs. William Neil of Castlford (Secretary Treasurer) and Mrs. John M. Lindsey of Lochwinnoch (District Director). In a history of the Branch recorded in 1972 by Mrs. Ernest Somerville, several special projects were listed as being undertaken by the Castleford WI branch in its early days:
1) purchased and convened a lending library
2) purchased an organ, an oil stove, cupboards and dishes for hot lunches in the local school
3) Red Cross work was done by members during the war years
4) a well was dug and a pump installed at the school
A list of Charter members appears in the first section of the Tweedsmuir History 1913 - 1986:
Mrs. William Neil
Mrs. Alex Johnson
Mrs. William J. Humphries
Mrs. James Neil
Miss Mina Early
Miss Bella Johnson
Mrs. Joseph Farrell
Mrs. Calvin Smith
Mrs. William Johnson
Mrs. James Miller
Mrs. John McGregor
Mrs. Charles McCreary
Mrs. John M. Lindsey
Mrs. William Shaw
Mrs. Robert Clark
Mrs. John McMillin
The Castleford Women's Institute disbanded May 10 2013, after celebrating its 100th anniversary.
This collection was donated in June 2014 by Castleford WI life member Mae Craig via Irene Robillard, Renfrew South District Tweedsmuir History co-ordinator. Accrual 2017
Scope and Content
The records of the Castleford Women's Institute consist of four Series of material related to the membership and activities of the Castleford WI: Minutes, Financial Records, Tweedsmuir Community Histories, and Miscellaneous Records.
Series 1 consists of 15 Bound Volumes and 2 files containing Minutes (gap from 1917 to 1927), Attendance Records of Meetings and Financial Accouts from 1913 - 1978, 2010 & 2011:
Bound Volume - Minutes July 1913 - September 1916
Bound Volume - June 1927 - April 1930
Bound Volume - Jan 1938 - April 1940
Bound Volume - May 1941 - March 1945
Bound Volume - April 1946 - April 1951
Bound Volume - May 1951 - March 1956
Bound Volume - April 1956 - November 1960
Bound Volume - December 1960 - March 1966
Bound Volume - April 1966 - March 1972
Bound Volume - April 1972 - Nov 1978
Bound Volume - Jan 1979 - March 1984
Bound Volume - April 1984 - November 1988
Bound Volume - December 1988 - October 1994
Bound Volume - November 1994 - May 2001
Bound Volume - July 2001- March 2010
File - Minutes of Castleford Women's Institute 2010
File - Minutes of Castleford Women's Institute 2011 and misc. correspondence
Two certificates on occassion of 100th anniversary; Certificate of Congratulations from John Yakabuski MPP for Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke; Certificate of Congratulations from Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
File of Miscellaneous correspondence re: grants, contributions etc.
Series 2 consists of 11 files of Financial Records NOT contained in the Bound Volumes listed above. Ten of the eleven files consist of material taken from a Financial Workbook binder 1990-2004:
Financial Workbook parts 1 & 2 - Area Donation 2001-2002, Casual Notes (working accounts) 2001-2002
Financial Workbook parts 7,8,9 - Trillium Foundation 2000-2001, Statements, Special Projects, Horton History 2000-2001
Financial Workbook part 10 - Reports on Fees and Financial Statements1990-2004
File Treasurer's Account of Receipts & Expenditures 1982-1988
Financial Workbook 2002-2012 (Box 4)
Series 3 consists of the contents of several Tweedsmuir Community History and Community Events binders which document the activities of the residents of Horton Township as well as the Castleford Women's Institute from 1913-2013. The titles of the file listed below were taken from the covers of the original binders. The order of the files corresponds to the order of the digital copies available in Reading Room of the AMBA. A photocopy of the first Tweedsmuir History was placed in the Reading Room of the Archives for Reference Purposes.
File 1 - Volume 1, Part 1 Castleford Tweedsmuir History 1913-1986 (PDF 1)
File 2 - Volume 1, Part 2 Castleford Tweedsmuir History 1913-1986 (PDF 1)
File 3 - Volume 2, Part 1 Castleford Current Events 1947-1970 (PDF 2)
File 4 - Volume 2, Part 2 Castleford Current Events 1947-1970 (PDF 2)
File 5 - Volume 3, Part 1 Castleford Tweedsmuir History: Community History and History of Store (PDF 3)
File 6 - Volume 3, Part 2 Castleford Tweedsmuir History: Homes & Farms (PDF 3)
File 7 - Volume 3, Part 3 Castleford Tweedsmuir History: Post Office, Township and School (PDF 3)
File 8 - Volume 4, Castleford Community Current Events 1990-1998 (PDF 4)
File 9 - Volume 5, Part 1 Castleford Current Events 1999-2006 (PDF 5)
File 10 - Volume 5, Part 2 Castleford Current Events 1999-2006 (PDF 5)
File 11 - Volume 7, Part 1 Castleford Tweedsmuir History 1987-1999 (PDF 7)
File 12 - Volume 7, Part 2 Castleford Tweedsmuir History 1987-1999 (PDF 7)
NOTE: PDF 6 contains material from Tweedsmuir History Volume 6 - 1984-1986 that was not donated to archives.
Tweedsmuir Community Histories continued. These have been digitized and are available on the FWIO Virtual Archives website.
File 1 - Castleford Community Current Events 1971-1979
File 2 - Castleford Community Current Events 1980-1990
File 3 - Part 1 Castleford Tweedsmuir History 2000-2009
File 4 - Part 2 Castleford Tweedsmuir History 2000-2009
File 5 - Part 1 Castleford Current Events 2007-2011
File 6 - Part 2 Castleford Current Events 2007-2011
Binder - Renfrew Fair Displays and results for various entries by the Castleford WI from 1987 - 2003. Compiled by Moira Shaw and Mae Craig. (Box 4 L2.12)
Series 4 consists of Miscellaneous Subject Files containing program files, clippings, photographs etc.
File 1 - Castleford Women's Institute Anniversaries; 50th in 1963 & 80th in 1993. Available on the FWIO Virtual Archives website.
File 2 - Miscellaneous Correspondence, Invitations and large, hand drawn, satirical Valentine's Day card depicting certain members dated February 1930.
File 3 - Quilts by Castleford Women's Institute Members; colour photographs and description of projects by Doris Ferguson and other members in duotang. Available on the FWIO Virtual Archives.
File 4 - 21 x Black & White Photographs; submitted by Edna H (probably for Tweedsmuir History) and reprints from Renfrew Mercury.
File 5 - Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings; possibly already contained in Community Histories.
File 6- Celebrating 100 Years of Founding Women's Institute 1997; contains colour photos and information about how Castleford WI celebrated the anniversary, Century of Fashion publication. Available on the FWIO Virtual Archives Website.
File 7 - Renfrew South District Women's Institute Material; Reports, Director's Minutes, Programs and Financial Statements
File 8 - Eastern Ontario Women's Institute; reports, Convention material, correspondence, spiral bound publication from Eastern Area Rally "Focus on Associated Country Women of the World" 2000, 1998 Emergency Plan Workshop handouts developed by Mae Craig, President of Eastern Area Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (See Dewar WI for 1999 publication).
File 9 - Song Books and Song Sheets; used by Castelford WI members including 1951 publication The Women's Institute Song Book owned by Doris Humphries.
File 10 - Member's Instructional Pamphlets; several rug hooking booklets, accessories for the home, hats etc. from various sources.
File11 - Bernice Noblett Literary Competition; contains copy of play "Mom's First Trip to the Big City"
File 12 - Federated Women's Institute of Canada Literary Kit, 50th Anniversary Program, undated Brochure, Federated News Bulletin Summer 1972, Report of the 46th Annual Board Meeting and 14th National Conference 1997 (handwritten notes by participant Doris Humphries)
File 13 - Tweedsmuir History Manual 1987
File 14 - Nomination of Doris Humphries for Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award 2008. Available on the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Guest Book - containing signatures of visitors to 70th Anniversary Event held June 11 1983, 80th Anniversary event held on May 19 1993, an Awareness Night held April 19 1995 and Osteoporosis Speakers event on November 21 2001 (Box 1)
Two small cloth bags for collection of money for the branch and for Pennies used at meetings.(Box 1)
All of the Castleford WI Tweedsmuir Histories have been digitized. Please see Resources folder for searchable PDF's for volumes 1-7. Also searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Collection is open to the Public except for one file containing Member Profiles which are restricted for 50 years following the death of the member.
Copyright held by Federated Women's Institute of Ontario. Other than for research purposes, written permission is required to copy in whole or in part. Tweedsmuir Volumes 1-11 and other miscellaneous items are digitized and searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
See Glasgow Women's Institute for set of Programs of the Women's Institutes of South Renfrew District 1947-2006 (including those donated by members of the Castleford WI)
For more information about location of other Tweedsmuir Histories see
Front cover had detached from spine and Scotch tape was used by the WI to hold it together. The binding was professionally repaired in 2019.
History / Biography
The Torbolton Women's Institute Branch disbanded in 1993.
Tweedsmuir Community History was donated in 2014 by Mrs. Ruth Kennedy. Program books were donated in 2019 by Mrs. Irene Robillard.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of a Tweedsmuir History and program books for the Torbolton Branch of the Women's Institute. The Tweedmuir History was assembled between the late 1960's and 1985. Most of the material is photocopied from another book with the exception of the last page containing a colour photograph of life members taken in March 1985.
Topics covered in the scrapbook include:
St. Thomas Anglican Church - Woodlawn
Epworth United Church
Daniel Baird family
Obituary of Margaret Abina 1979
Programme books included the years of:
1936 - 1937
1937 - 1938
1939 - 1940
1944 - 1945
1947 - 1948
1954 - 1955
1974 - 1975
The Tweedsmuir History book was repaired and digitized in 2019. It is searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archive.
Tweedsmuir History - Please use digitized version instead of original. Available through the FWIO Virtual Archive.
One Blue Tweedsmuir History Binder
9 Bound Volumes of Minute Books
History / Biography
The Galetta WI, a branch of West Carleton District, was organizaed in 1910, inactive between 1924 and 1932, and disbanded in 1976.
Donated by Berna McClure, curator of Carleton Co. Tweedsmuir Histories February 07, 2008.
Scope and Content
Galetta is a hamlet just outside of Arnprior in Fitzroy Township. Earlier names were Mohr’s Corners and Hubbell’s Falls.
The Tweedsmuir Community History contains a history of Galetta and District from 1823 and the Galetta WI Branch, including its 50 and 60 year anniversaries.Some families mentioned are Austin, Bidgood, Burr, Carss, Chown, Costello, Dickson, Forbes, Gardiner, Halpenny, Hemphill, Heneahan, Herrick, Hubbell, Hunt, Jeffries, Kennedy, MacHardy, Major, Maloof, Mohr, Montfort, Moran, Muldoon, Riddell, Ritchie, Sinclair, Smith, Stanton, Steen, Story, Tait, and Wilson.
The history book also contains the following information:
- History of early settlement, including a lost needle.
- War veteran information, including the Boer War
- Farm, house, and family histories
- History of Mohr’s Corners School (S.S.#6)
- History of St. Augustine’s Church
- Some information on businesses including hotels, Canada Cooperage Co., Galetta Electric Light & Power Co., and milk skimming station
- Some information on Kingdon Mining & Smelting Co.
- Extensive description of Ephraim’s House from Beldon Atlas, including early house plans.
- Mention of Indian settlement location (page 26)
- Yearly highlights of events from 1907 to 1935
- Fish and Game Club, Hotels, Wars, The Bishop's Place, Post Office and a time line listing important historic events from 1907 - 1955 submitted by Mrs. M. Easterbrooke.
Minute Books of the Galetta Women's Institute from 1919 - 1976:
Vol 1 - 1919-1921
Vol 2 - 1922-1923 (followed by inactive period between 1924-1932)
Vol 3 - 1932-1939
Vol 4 - 1939-1942
Vol 5 - 1943-1948
Vol 6 - 1949-1953
Vol 6 - 1954-1960
Vol 7 - 1960-1966
Vol 8 - 1966-1971
Vol 9 - 1974-1976
Tweedsmuir History Book has been digitized.
Tweedsmuir Book - please use digitized version rather than original. Available in resources folder. Also searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Clay Bank Women's Institute, part of Renfrew South District, was formed in 1917 with a membership of 25. It disbanded in 1989.
Donated by the Women's Institute, Clay Bank, 1993.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of minutes, correspondence and a Tweedsmuir history book.
The Tweedsmuir History book profiles such events as war work, district annuals, branch history, farms, schools and churches; and other records deal with the activities and causes that the Institute supported. Some families mentioned are Barrie, Bryne, Campbell, Church, Cunningham, Duff, Eady, Glenn, Levi, McEwen, Moorhead, Morphy, Robbins, Robertson, Shaw, Stewart, Taylor, Van Dusen, Wallace, Watson, and Young.
Some specific information includes:
- 1863 Walling’s Map of McNab Township and upper Pakenham Township of Lanark County
- July 1854 passenger ticket on the ship Inkerman for John Stewart and his family, as well as Margaret Robertson
- History of early settlement and McNab Twp.
- Photos of Madawaska River, the bridges across it, and the 1902 spring timber drive
- Wedding anniversaries, with photos
- Farm histories, with photos
- History of Clay Bank School and St. Georges Anglican Church at Waba
The photos in the Tweedsmuir book are listed below. Most have been scanned and recorded on the database at the item level.
Photo Description Year
1 b&w Members of W.I. no date
1 b&w Members of W.I. 1963
1 b&w Madawaska River 1892
1 b&w Madawaska River, log drive 1902
1 b&w Birthday party for Mr. John Byrne no date
5 b&w Clay Bank Bridge 1880, 1906(2),
4 b&w, 1 col. Golden Wedding Anniversaries no dates
3 b&w Taylor Farm no dates
1 b&w Sgt. Glenwood Taylor, Airgunner
Killed in action, RCAF, 1943 1942
2 b&w Wallace Farm, grain cutting no date
1 b&w Centennial Farm -Young Farm,
feeding hens no date
1 b&w Elizabeth and William Young no date
1 b&w Aerial photo no date
2 b&w Mr. & Mrs. Cunningham no date
3 b&w Shaw Farm no date
2 b&w Duff Farm no date
1 b&w Packing boxes for overseas WWI 1914-1918
Tweedsmuir Book - please use digitized version rather than original. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
See also: Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963 in Dewar Women’s Institute Collection.
The Pine Grove Women's Institute, part of Renfrew South District, was formed in 1914 and disbanded in 1999. The branch was responsible for knitting socks for the Red Shield war effort, having mail boxes named and sending treats of fruit to the local school for Christmas. The Women's Institutes were very active in fundraising, scholarship programs and in keeping the history of their local communities recorded.
Donated by the Women's Institute, Pine Grove, 1993 c/o Museum and minutes, correspondence donated by Betty Comba in May 1999, accounts by Irene Robillard 2004. A photo of a group of ladies was donated by Amy Kelly in 2011. Women's Institute Story donated 2012.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 4 Series: Minute Books (1944-1999); Tweedsmuir histories (1914-1989); Golden Jubilee Booklet (1963); minutes, correspondence (1988-1998) and Accounts (1990 - 1999); Ontario WI History Story
Pine Grove Women's Institute: Series 1
Minute Books. -- May 1944-March 1999. -- 12 bound volumes; 22 x 27 cm.
Series comprises minute books containing information concerning upcoming activities, purchases, organizing, financial accounts and roll call. The minute books comprising the years 1914-1943 were burned in a fire at Del Hudson's residence.
Pine Grove Women's Institute: Series 2
Tweedsmuir Histories. -- 1914-1989. -- 1 volume; 32 x 37 cm stored within a pine box 37 x 43 cm.
The book contains a Table of Contents. Some families mentioned are Abraham, Adrain, Bahm, Bayford, Bedore, Boese, Campbell, Collins, Dodd, Findlay, Flint, Fraser, Glenn, Havey, Greene, Hutson, Hyde, Lenser, MacLaren, McComb, McCormick, McCreary, McNab, Moir, Mooney, Ritchie, Russett, Saunders, Staye, Van Dusen, and Yuill.
Besides information concerning the branch and its members, the book contains the following information:
- 1861 map of Pine Grove
- History of early settlement in McNab Twp. and Pine Grove, including a memoir of Peter Campbell’s 1845 barn raising.
- World War 1 and 2 honour roll
- Farm and house histories, including photos
- History of Pine Grove School (S.S.#9)
- Businesses in Pine Grove, including Crown Motel
- Summary of histories of churches in Arnprior
- Yearly highlights of community/Canadian events from 1969 to 1990
- 1988 annexation of part of McNab to Arnprior
- 1989 cairn unveiling with list of contributors
- Newspaper clippings of many events/celebrations
The photos in the Tweedsmuir History are listed below (pages reference original book and not digitized copy)
Photo Description Year
1 col. Waba Cottage, White Lake no date, p. 26
1 b&w Abraham Farm no date, p. 41
3 col. Don Campbell Farm no date, p. 44
1 b&w Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Campbell Home no date, p. 46
1 b&w H. Ross Campbell no date, p. 47
1 b&w Mr. & Mrs. Warren Campbell Farm Aerial no date, p. 48
1 col. Collins Home no date, p. 49
1 b&w James Fraser Farm no date, p. 52
1 b&w Stanley Fraser Farm no date, p. 53
1 b&w Johnston Home no date, p. 57
2 b&w Crown Motel & Lenser Home no date, p. 58
1 b&w Kenneth Russett Farm no date, p. 59
1 col. Colin C. Ritchie Farm no date, p. 61
1 col. Bob Saunders Home no date, p. 63
1 b&w VanDusen Farm no date, p. 64
2 b&w Old School House no date, p. 65
14 b&w Pine Grove Women's Institute Members 1958, p. 73-74
1948, 1960, p. 83
no date, p. 89-92
1 col. Mrs. Moir, citizen of the year P.G.W.I. 1967, p. 94
4 col. Centennial Quilt 1967, p. 97
1 col. Members at Centennial events 1967, p. 101
1 col. Mrs. Moir presenting Mrs. Campbell
with a life membership 1975, p. 119
2 b&w, 4 col. Members and activities no date, p. 127, 129, 132
1 b&w Members at Burnstown no date, p. 131
1 b&w, 10 col. Institute Award no date, p. 134-136
1 b&w, 1 col. Pakenham 85th Anniversary no date, p. 139
2 col. Meetings, Nov. & Oct. 1982, p. 140
1 b&w, 1 col. Members, 70th Anniversary p. 142
2 col. Meeting, 1984 p. 143
3 col. Pine Grove Area 1986, p. 146
4 col. Plaque dedication & meetings 1987-1989,
1 col. Plaque dedication at the Cairn during
White Lake festivities 1989, p. 155-157
1 b&w Group of WI Ladies separate envelope with Tweedsmuir book
Pine Grove Women's Institute: Series 3
Golden Jubilee Booklet. -- 1963. -- 1 booklet; 21 x 26 cm.
Series contains a booklet chronicling the 50th anniversary of the Renfrew South Women's Institutes. Booklet contains history and photographs of members of the Institute.
Pine Grove Women's Institute. Series 4
Ontario Women's Institute Story - 1972 - 1 book, 2 cm.
Tweedsmuir Book - please use digitized version rather than original. Available in resources folder. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Further accruals are expected
See also: Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963 in Dewar Women’s Institute Collection.
Arnprior & Stewartville Women's Institute branches amalgamated in April 2002 to become the Arnprior-Stewartville Branch. That branch disbanded in 2008, with remaining members joining the White Lake Branch.
Material donated by Jane Maisonneauve in June 2010
Scope and Content
This small fonds consists of the Minutes and Financial records of the Arnprior-Stewartville Women's Institute:
1. Minutes 2002-2008
2. Financial Accounts 2002-2008
3. File of Miscellaneous material including memorial tributes for Ms. Jessie Smith and Mrs. Lila Fraser, a handwritten history and correspondence about the amalgamation (undated), two McNab Public School Graduation Programs (2004 & 2006) and one undated colour photo of Lila Fraser and Jane Maisonneauve.
Metal rings removed from Book 2 & Book 3. Book 4 removed from Binder.
History / Biography
Lorne Sutherland Women's Institute was named after Lorne Sutherland who was killed in WWI in February 1918. March 19 1919 was the date of Organization listed in the front of the Minutes of 1919-1926.
Deposited in 2007 and August 2012 by Joyce Headrick, secretary of the Lorne Sutherland WI and Berna McClure. In August of 2019, Tweedsmuir History Book 5 was donated by Terry MacHardy.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of four Tweedsmuir Histories of the Lorne Sutherland Women's Institute as well as Institute Minutes from 1919-1996 (with gap between 1926-1929).
Minutes (ledgers also contain membership information, financial information and attendance): Box I 8.3
14) 1997-2004 (removed from binder)
Tweedsmuir Histories Books 1-5: Box H 0.15 - H 0.16, I 0.01
Book 1 - 1919 - Full index in front of book.
Book 2 - Compiled 1977. Curator Mrs. Helen Dean. Full Index available in book. Includes Arnprior Hydro Dam Development History, Blair Family, Brydges, Carss Family, Clarke, Crooks, Dean Family, Duncan, Fairburn Farm, Fitzroy Villiage History, Galetta Villiage profile, Herrick Farm, MacHardy, March, Marshall's Bay, McClure, McCoy, McLeish, Mills, Neil, Sample, Schwartz, St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Stanton, Symington Family, Taylor, Vydon Acres, Wilson Family.
Book 3 - Full Index available in book. Includes Chown Family, Death Notices, Dawson Family, Galetta Dam and generating station history, Headrick family, WWII Killed in action, MacHardy, Timbertown
Book 4 - Mostly newspaper clippings. Photos of construction of new bridge over Mississippi River in 2001. Book 4 also contains a copy of 'The Legends of the Chats, A Historical Story of Fitzroy Harbour' by Lois Coe Nichols.
Index is as follows:
3363 Galetta Side Road……………………………………………………………………………….38
4568 Upper Dwyer Hill Road – Clarke; Mick; Smith Farm………………………………………93, 94
Al’s Corner Store 2006………………….……………………………………………………………..83
Andrews, Anne Marie…………………………………………………..………………………………37
Armstrong, Ola Cancer Society Calendar………………………………….………………………...91
Arnprior Boeing Plant Sold to Consolidated 2005……………………………………………………62
Brydges, Agnes 35 year Auxilliary Service Award Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital………..57
Brydges, Agnes, Thompson, Gus HAAO Life Membership Award……………………………....…91
Buttle, Linda - afghans for Costa Rica Children by Lorne Sutherland WI…………………..…….77
Carleton District Annual 2002………………………………………………………………………....45
Carleton District Annual 2005……………………………………………………………………….…60
Carleton District Executive and District Directors 2006……………………………....…………….78
Carleton District President lobbies for action on Rural Issues…………………………………......60
The Renfrew South District Women's Institutes was formed in 1913. It is “an organization for personal growth and community action ... of rural women from farms, villages, and towns”. Its objectives are the following: 1. to assist and encourage women to become more knowledgeable and responsible citizens 2. to promote and develop good family life skills 3. to help discover, stimulate and develop leadership and 4. to help identify and resolve needs in the community. These Institutes have often been referred to as “the rural woman’s university, a place for women to gather and learn about things that interest all of us”. The Women's Institutes contributed in many areas such as child welfare, health, libraries, playgrounds, cooking and sewing.
The Renfrew South District contains many W.I. branches; at one time over 20 - as of 2013, 6 branches remain. The District forms part of the larger Eastern Area, which forms part of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO); the FWIO joins with the other provinces to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC); with the Eastern Area, FWIO and FWIC all part of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW). The ACWW is the largest rural organization of women in the world.
The Dacre-Hyndford Branch was organized September 29 1964. Following the District Annual in 1983, the Branch was disbanded. They had recently suffered a fire at the Women's Institute Hall and were down to four or five women attending meetings. Mrs. Maggie Bruce was President at that time and Secretary Treasurer was Mrs. Viola Merchand.
The Madawaska Valley Branch of Renfrew South District was formed in 1964 at a meeting in the Palmer Rapids Hall. Miss Margerie Lentz was its first president. This branch disbanded in July 1973 at a meeting in the home of Mrs. Harvey (Florence) Schutt. She wrote in the minute book "It is with deep regret that the M.V. W. I. has had to disban (sic). But it is my hope that perhaps in the near future, we will again pick up where we have left off to-day. I have felt that to be a member and Presidend in my sixth year it was time well spent with much knowledge gained and friendship renewed. Thank you all".
Donated by the Women's Institute of South Renfrew, 1995 (transfer from the museum), 2002, 2008, 2011. In 2014, the Minutes of the Dacre-Hyndford W.I. and Madawaska Valley W.I. were donated. In 2017, Mae Craig donated Tweedsmuir History Binder 1996-1999 and other material for Renfrew South District 2006-2011. In 2018, as District Tweedsmuir Coordinator, Mrs. Irene Robillard donated the Admaston Heritage Book and the Renfrew South District program books from 1997-8, belonging to Jean Denniston, as well as those from 2006 to 2018, several of which belonged to Joan Reid. The programs complete an existing collection in box I9.1. Mrs. Robillard donated the two Horton North cookbooks in 2019.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of four Series;
Series 1 - Minute and Cash Books of the District;
Series 2 -Tweedsmuir Histories,
Series 3 - Other Material
Series 4 - Records of Disbanded Branches.
Series 1) Minute Books: This Series includes bound volumes of minutes for regular and executive meetings held between 1913-2002. District Annual Reports and Financial Statements also appear in these volumes.
Volume 1 June 1 1913-June 12 1917
Volume 2 May 1st June 12 1922
Volume 3 June 1 1923 - May 7 1926
Volume 4 June 1926 - June 5 1930
Volume 5 June 1 1931 - May 30 1935
Volume 6 May 20 1936 - September 30 1939
Volume 7 June 14 1940 - November 8 1941
Volume 8 May 29 1942 - June 8 1945
Volume 9 June 9 1945 - Jan 22 1948
Volume 10 May 1 1948 - March 31 1951
Volume 11 April 1 1951 - April 30 1954
Volume 12 April 30 1954 - April 30 1958
Volume 13 May 28 1958 - May 30 1962
Volume 14 May 29 1963 - May 16 1967
Volume 15 May 14 1968 - November 13 1971
Volume 16 May 17 1972 - May 13 1975
Volume 17 May 1 1976 - November 3 1979
Volume 18 May 15 1980 - October 27 1984
Volume 19 May 8 1985 - March 4 1989
Volume 20 May 10 1989 - May 2 1988
Volume 21 May 11 1998 - May 11 2002 (spiral bound volume also contains correspondence)
Series 2) Tweedsmuir History Books: This Series contains five books which cover 1947-2006. Box L1.6, L1.8
Tweedsmuir History Book No. 1 (1947-1978): Binder contains information first compiled by Edith L. Wilson in 1947 and later by other curators. It contains a list of Women's Institute branches in South Renfrew as well as a hand drawn map of same. Lists of District Officers and a history of the formation of the various South Renfrew branches are included in this first volume. Images of District Presidents and Secretaries with their years of service make this a valuable source of early history of the District. A copy of "A Country Women's Day by Mrs. William H. Hamilton (Glasgow Station) which won first prize at A.C.W.W. competition (1949-1950) is included along with a tribute to Mrs. Hamilton who passed away in 1974. Other members are recorded on "In Memorium" pages for each Branch. A copy of "Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963" in included in this binder.
District Presidents throughout the years covered in this book include:
Mrs. J. F. Blane (Burnstown) 1913-1917
Mrs. G. F. Cardiff (Bonnechere Valley) 1918
Miss Janet Yuill (Pine Grove) 1919 also 1928-1930
Mrs. J. C. Cole (North Horton) 1920-1921
Mrs. William Neil (Castleford) 1922-1924
Miss Jessie McIntyre (South Horton) 1925-1927
Mrs. Robert McEwen (South Horton) 1931-1932
Mrs. Alex W. Stewart (Clay Bank) 1933-1934
Mrs. Robert Mullin (Braeside) 1935-1950
Mrs. Walter Galbraith (Bonnechere Valley) 1937-1938
Mrs. J. H. Findlay (Pine Grove) 1939-1940
Miss Kathryn Farmer (Combermere) 1941-1942
Mrs. John E. Miller (Goshen) 1943-1944
Mrs. S. G. Wilson (Arnprior) 1945-1946
Mrs. John Henderson (Bonnechere Valley) 1947-1948
Mrs. C. D. Dewar (Dewars) 1949-1950
Mrs. R. M. MacGregor (Lochwinnoch) 1951-1953
Mrs. Forrest Merrifield (Braeside) 1954-1955
Mrs. Archie Bennet (Arnprior) 1956-1957
Mrs. Gordon Campbell (Pine Grove) 1948-1959
Mrs. Hector Scheel (Stewartville) 1960-1961
Mrs. Harry Stevenson (Combermere) 1962-1963
Mrs. William Buffett (South Horton) 1964-1965
Mrs. J. C. McConnell (Burnstown) 1966-1967
Mrs. H. Collins (North Horton) 1968-1969
Mrs. J. A. Young (Glasgow) 1970-1971
Mrs. T. H. Jones (White Lake) 1972-1973
Mrs. W. H. Richards (Dacre-Hyndford) 1974-1975
Tweedsmuir History Book No. 2 (1979-1988): Binder contains photographs of the interior of the Erland Lee Home and bus trip there in 1986, photographs of various displays, 4-H awards, guest list, photographs and report of the Tweesdmuir History Tea held June 4 1980 in the basement of the Burnstown United Church. The binder contains reports from Arnprior, Balsam Hill (history of Branch), Bonnechere Valley (history of Branch), Braeside, Burnstown, Calabogie, Clay Bank, Castleford, Combermere (history of Branch), Dewars, Glasgow Station, Goshen (history of Branch), Lochwinnoch (history of Branch), North Horton, Pine Grove, Rose Bank (history of Branch), South Horton, Stewartville, White Lake (includes historic notes and photos of displays at Renfrew Fair), Appreciation Tea held in 1983 to honour Mrs. Vera Bedore and others who served at the District Level and Area Convention Reports 1979 -1989. It also contains an "In Memoriam" list.
This Tweedsmuir History contains resumes and photographs for various District Officers including:
Christina L. Burton, President 1976-1978
Eva Mitchell, President 1980-1982
Mary Wallace, Secretary Treasurer 1978-1984
Mrs. Olive Watt, President 1982-1084
Susannah MacMillan, President 1985-1086
Flora Campbell, Secretary 1985-1989
Tweesdmuir History Book No. 3 (1988-1997): Binder contains a profile of Mae Craig, Renfrew South Women's Institute President from 1986-1988 and Marilyn Misener, President 1996-1998. It also contains reports of District Annuals, and various Tweedsmuir History Curator's Reports, list of Officers for 1997-1998, History of South Renfrew District 1897-1917 by Eileen Brydges, 1917-1956 by Doris Humphries, 1957-1970 by Gloria Hamilton which list the highlights of the WI throughout the years. In the summer of 1992 Tweedsmuir Curator Marcie Johston sent all area Tweedsmuir curators a notice that a new "Quilts" section should be added to the Tweedsmuir History books. This Tweedsmuir also contains photographs, newspaper clippings and information about activities of the following branches: Arnprior, Balsam Hill, Bonnechere Valley, Burnstown, Calabogie, Castleford, Combermere (includes tribute to Miss Kathryn Farmer), Dewars, Glasgow, Goshen (includes history of Goshen school), North Horton, Horton South, Lochwinnoch, Pine Grove, Rosebank, Stewartville.
This Tweedsmuir also contains an "In Memorium" Section, Workshop Section and Eastern Ontario Women's Institute News section.
Tweedsmuir History Book No. 4 (1998-2005): Binder is packed full of information and Curator's reports from the various Branches similar to the previous three books. A new section "Grandmother's Legacy" was an opportunity for members to contribute profiles of their grandmothers in an informative and loving manner.
Tweedsmuir History Book No. 5 (2006): Binder contains Annual Tweedsmuir Reports from the various Branches of the District as well as monthly news clippings for activities of the Women's Institute Branches. A Manual for Compiling Tweedsmuir Histories (1987) is also contained in this binder.
File containing Renfrew South District Annual invitations, minutes and reports and misc. correspondence from 2006-2011 was added in 2018.
Series 3) Other Material: Series includes publications and miscellaneous administrative material. Box L1.7, L1.9, I9.1
1. Renfrew South Renfrew Institute Newsletter starting with the first issue of December 2003 and ending with the last printed copy dated December 2012.
2. Home & Country Rose Garden Newsletter, Winter 2008 and Home and Country magazines that contain items from Renfrew South District branches, 1958-2005 with gaps. (Note: all Home and Country Magazines were digitized by FWIO)
3. "Sharing Our Heritage" presented at the Renfrew South, Women's Institute District Annual Meeting of May 2005. Publication contains short histories of the various branches that constitute Renfrew South as a District including Arnprior, Balsam Hill, Bonnechere Valley, Burnstown, Calabogie, Castleford, Dewars, Glasgow, Horton North, Horton South, Lochwinnoch, Pine Grove, Rosebank Stewartville, and White Lake. This publication also contains a history of the Renfrew South District Banner; a commemorative project that produced a colourful banner from quilted blocks contributed by all active branches and embroidered names of disbanded branches of the District. (2 copies)
4. Ontario Women's Institute Story, written in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the Women's Institute of Ontario published by the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario in 1972.
File also contains a calendar produced for 100th Anniversary of the Women's Institute 1897-1997.
5. Blue Duotang containing newspaper clippings and photographs for Renfrew South District from 1982-1995. This scrap book is similar to the Tweedsmuir history books of the same period.
6. Scrap book containing clippings, documents and photographs of Renfrew South District Women's Institute's 60th Anniversary celebrations in 1973.
7. Spiral bound notebook containing signatures of South Renfrew District Women's Institute Delegates who attended District Annuals from 1981-1999
8. Binder of material belonging to a District Secretary containing correspondence, reports, draft documents, membership lists, administrative forms etc. (Contents removed from Binder and placed in file by Archivist).
9. Miscellaneous documents including a script for 90th Anniversary bus trip in 2003 which toured the Ottawa Valley from Renfrew, up the Opeongo road to Combermere (visit to Madonna House) and back along Highway 60.
10. The History of South Renfrew 1897-1997 (various contributors).
11. Personal Scrapbook compiled by Mae Craig containing news clippings, photographs, cards, etc. relating to the activities of Renfrew South District Branch between 1986-1989. Mae Craig was President of the Castleford Women's Institute and President of the Renfrew South District, as well as Eastern Ontario Area President at various times. She was also involved with the restructuring of the FWIO as a board member. A profile of her roles is included in the front of the binder.
12. Purple covered folder containing more photographs of WI activities compiled by Mae Craig including a trip in 1986 to the Ontario Agricultural Museum in Milton and Erland Lee Museum, Barnet Cottage visit, 1994 International Plowing Match and members receiving Ontario Volunteer Service Awards 2002-2003.
13. Renfrew South District Women's Institute Program books; 14 books from 1997-8 and 2005-2018 (Box I9.1)
14. "The Admaston Heritage Book," written by Carol Bennett and the Balsam Hill Women's Institute, chronicling the history of Admaston Township. This book is also in the reading room of the AMBA.
Series 4) Records of Disbanded Branches: Box L1.10
1. 1 bound Volume of Minutes for the Dacre-Hyndford Women's Institute April 1981 - March 1983
2. 3 bound Volumes of Minutes for the Madawaska Valley Women's Institute May 1964 - July 1973. Volume 1 (1964 - 1967), Volume 2 (1967-1972), Volume 3 (1972-1973). These Volumes also record Cash Expenditures, a Financial Statement for 1973 and Record of Attendance.
3. 2 bound Volumes of cook books from the North Horton Women's Institute. "It's Fun to Bake it Yourself: North Horton Women's Institute Cookbook," published in 1947, and "The North Horton Women's Institute Heritage Cookbook, 1915 - 1995." Searchable online on the FWIO Virtual Archive.
Tweedsmuir History Books Vols 1-5, Program books, Mae Craig Scrapbook, North Horton Cookbooks, Madawaska Valley WI Minute Books and miscellaneous files are digitized and searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Tweedsmuir Books, Program books, North Horton Cookbooks, the Madawaska Valley WI minute books and the Mae Craig Scrapbook - please use digitized versions rather than originals. Searchable online through the FWIO Virtual Archives.
Accruals are expected
See Glasgow Women's Institute for copies of Programs of the Women's Institutes in South Renfrew District 1947-2018 in Box I9.1
See also Goshen Tweedsmuir History Volume 2 - Programmes of the Women's Institutes in South Renfrew District 1958-1959
A copy of "Golden Jubilee, A History of Renfrew South Women’s Institute, 1913-1963" is available in Reading Room.
The White Lake Community Cemetery was originally established as a Presbyterian Cemetery (later United Church) but as its name indicates it is now a Community Cemetery for all denominations. It is located in the Township of McNab/Braeside at Concession 3, Lot 10.
According to the records, the first burial was of Elizabeth Hill (1791-1823) which would date the cemetery at 190 years as of 2013. The White Lake Cemetery held the 1st decoration service in 1921 with Reverend McNaught presiding.
Burials before 1800 were:
Walter Stirling 1790-1869
J. A. Robertson 1792-1874
John Cunningham 1793-1870
Colin Campbell 1794-1881
Isabella Douglas Campbell 1794-1859
Originally, the lots were very large (measuring 10 feet by 20 feet) to accomodate large families. The plots were reduced in size in later years. The cemetery is divided into 16 Sections with Section 11, 12 and part of 10 reserved for parking on Decoration Day. The White Lake Cemetery Vault was dedicated to the memory of John McRae and his wife Jane Goth by his family in 1957. In 2000, an additional 300' x 290' was purchased from Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Fraser of White Lake which brings the total size of the cemetery to 9 acres. This land is being slowly improved, including the removal of trees, stumps and rocks, in preparation for use in upcoming years.
As of 2013, the cemetery committee has noticed an increase in cremations and increased strain on the resources of the volunteers who endevour to keep up with the maintenance of the cemetery grounds.
For many years, Lorne Deacon of White Lake Village was caretaker of the cemetery. In 1995, Olga and Cecil Lewis transcribed the cemetery stones and published an index to the White Lake Cemetery. An Amalgamated Index was produced by Philip Durrett in 2000 as a project of the Arnprior McNab/Braeside Archives.
The records were donated by Rita Fraser, on behalf of the Cemetery Committee in August 2009.
Scope and Content
Donation consists of Bylaws, Minutes, Correspondence, Millenium Project Files, Plot & Burial Records and Financial Records.
Bylaws - 1999, 2005, 2009
Minutes - four folders: 1914-1961, 1961-1990, 1991-1999, 2000-2008
1. Photocopy of newspaper article, “Goshen WI honors 50 year members” in the Renfrew Advance, July 8, 197 [last digit illegible]. Photo of members. Family names: Barr, Miller, Jamieson, Phillips, Roffie.