Engraved print of Hudson's Bay Company canoe. Caption on envelope reads "1920 Banknote engraving of Hudson's Bay Company's Canoe from Grand Lac Victoria at Kippewa." Below the image reads 'American Bank Note Co. N.Y'
1. 4-page typewritten notes by Stan Horrall containing general information census; attached are two work orders by the National Archives. Also attached: notes re finding aids for 1942 census, and a list of families in that census in alphabetical order (Stan Horrall, 1995).
2. Letter from Norman Crowder of Nepean to Peter Hessel, dated May 19, 1995 regarding GHISAD and census information, photocopy of an early (1928) “head of household” census.
3. Typewritten copy of a White Lake census (Canada Directory for 1857-1858), on salmon-coloured paper. Showing heads of household and occupations.
4. Photocopy of assessment roll for McNab, submitted by Laird of McNab to Perth in 1829. PAC R.G.1, E 3, vol. 53, pp. 49 (c) to 49 (f). Giving total population as 290.
5. 3 pages of handwritten notes by Neil Stewart (Glasgow) regarding the 1861 and 1871 census, referring to PAC records. Key terms: Fisher, Yule [Yuill], Spink, Alston, Jesse Millar, John McAdam, William Gemmill, Box, etc.
See also: File “Voters’ lists” in Peter Hessel collection.
See also: Census Returns for Arnprior and McNab Township. -- 1842; 1851-1852; 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891; 1901.
A note regarding the population of Braeside and the notable people in the town. The note reads:
Michael Behan grocer
Gillies Bros. saw Mill
John Gillies postmaster
Joseph Henry Hotel
A McKinnon grocer
A. Sproule blacksmith
R.M. Stewart general store
CD is found with several others in an envelope labelled "Braeside History Project."
File contains information about Clay Bank School and about a timber raft rumoured to be in the Madawaska River near the Clay Bank. In the 1990s, Clay Bank is a small rural area along the “White Lake Road”. There are no signs identifying the area.
1. One typewritten page by an unknown writer about Clay Bank school (SS No. 8, McNab). Legree family. Peter Duff. Ben Legree. John Thoms. William Cunningham. Athol Moorhead. The school was closed in 1949 when the students were transferred to Pine Grove School. Elsie Laughlin (teacher). Mamie Halpenny (teacher).
2. Photocopy of a picture postcard showing Clay Bank bridge (original owned by Jimmy Forrest of McNab Township).
3. Photocopy of a typescript of a report by Nick Nickels on the Investigation of Buried Squared Timber Cribs at Flat Rapids, Madawaska River, August 1964. “Where the 9th concession road intersects the river, one mile north of the hamlet of Clay Bank”. Built in the early 1880s. Goodfellow’s Bay. Buried under clay, said to contain 11/2 million board feet of squared white pine timber. Original of the report at Algonquin Park Museum (No. APM 0654). Donated by Bernard Shaw (836-5533) of Stittsville, in August 1996. Macrae Lumber. Story was published in the Globe & Mail (1995?).
4. Note re an article about the above slide in Chronicle, Dec. 6, 1929, page 8.
5. Clipping of an article by S. Bernard Shaw in Country Connection, No. 31, summer/autumn 1998, pages 4-5, entitled “Buried Treasure in the Madawaska. Based on previous information. Re logs, log drives, etc. see Chronicle of July 24, 1930, page 3: “15 years ago (1915) 200,000 pulpwood logs on the Madawaska River between High Falls and Arnprior”.
School Section #8 at Clay Bank was formed in 1857. It was originally situated on Lot 4 Concession 9 on the White Lake road. In 1905 a new, one room school house was built on the same site. It was raised in 1925 and replaced with another which had a concrete foundation, a full basement and a wood-burning furnace. In 1930 toilets were installed in the basement which “were a great success” according to teacher James Gillie. This school closed in 1950 when the students were bused to Arnprior. In 1964, students were transferred to Pinegrove school when tuition rose from $6.18 to $24.90 per month in Arnprior. In 1967, the Clay Bank section was included in the catchment area of the new McNab Public School. Athol Moorhead attended Clay Bank school and was later trustee and secretary of the school board.
The registers and account books in this collection were donated by Mrs. Donna Meek in 2004, daughter of Athol Moorhead.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 10 General Registers and accounts statements from Clay Bank School. The general register reveals student’s name and date of birth, parents or guardian name, record of promotion and a short history of the school. The daily registers record each pupil’s attendance and reason for absence.
Daily Register - 1 page only (date unknown)
Teacher: Jean D. Grierson
Daily Register 1920
Teacher: Elsie Laughlin
Daily Register 1921 (Oct. - Dec.)
Teacher: L. P. Watehorn
Daily Register 1930 - 1934
(also contains Minutes of Annual Meetings 1930 - 1934)
Teachers: Mamie Halpenny, Mildred Ritchie, James G. Gillies
Daily Register 1934 - 1939
Teacher: James Gillie
Accounts 1935 - 1946
General Register 1935 - 1944
(also contains photocopied page from General Register 1927)
Daily Register 1944 - 1949
Teachers: Beatrice Bennet (later Mrs. Beatrice Barrie), Marion McEwen, Ethel Lenser, Berna I. McNab
Accounts 1948 - 1949 (contains Evaluation of School Property $1292.00)
Group of W.I. members with three children. Members identified as: Louise Robertson, Lottie Stewart, Jean Robertson, Mrs. William Barrie, Mrs. George Shaw, Mrs. Alex Stewart, Mrs. Andrew Robertson, Mrs. John Duff, Irene Bole, Annie McNeill, Ruby Cunningham, Mrs. William Young, Mrs. F. Levi, Mrs. Thomas Byrne, Mrs. Joe Shaw, Mrs. R.M. Robertson and William [Robertson], Mrs. Roy Levi, Florence Cunningham, Mrs. O. McComb, Mrs. John Shaw, Lila Headrick, Dorothy Robertson and Lila Thoms.
Caption reads “This picture was taken at Mrs. Cliff Saunders’ cottage on the Ottawa River on June 9, 1963.” Identified members include Ruth Cunningham, Charlotte Robbins, Annie Young, Myrtle Graham, Jean Duff, Mrs. R.M. Robertson, Alice Melanson, Gertrude Morphy, Muriel Saunders, Leta Holbein, Alice Shaw, Mrs. Frank Levi.
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.
Group of Institute members packing boxes for overseas during W.W. I at Mrs. Hugh Graham’s residence. People identified as: Mrs. David Bole. Mrs. Hugh Graham, Mrs. John Duff, Mrs. James Legree, Mrs. M. H. Levi, Miss Irene Bole, Miss Anna Legree, Mrs. Joe Shaw, Miss Annie McNeil, Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Mrs. William Cunningham, Mrs. Robert Robertson, Mrs. Robert Barrie, Miss Mildred Cunningham, Mrs. William Young, Mrs. Frank Levi, Mrs. John Shaw, Elva Graham, Mrs. Kennedy, Viola Graham, Kenneth Campbell, Mrs. Roy Gourley, Mrs. McGill, Mrs. Alex Stewart and Mrs. Thomas Taylor.