Please, keep items in the order in which they are listed below:
1. Pages from a photo album containing photographs and other material pertaining to research for and the writing of the book, “Destination: Ottawa Valley”, published by Runge Press, Ottawa, in 1984. The book deals with immigration of Germans to the Ottawa Valley before Confederation. Photocopy of a page from “Deutsche Post”, 1916.
2. Photocopy of a map (coloured by Peter Hessel), showing predominantly German townships of Renfrew County in the 1941 Census.
3. Photocopy of a map , showing percentage of German origins in the Town of Pembroke, based on the 1951 Census.
4. Printed form regarding the publication of the book, with overview, contents and order form.
5. Payment advice notices for grant money paid to Peter Hessel for research, from the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
6. Four letters (1980-81) from the Multicultural History Society of Ontario to Peter Hessel regarding research and publication of the book.
7. Cancelled cheque and payment advice re $100 fee paid by Peter Hessel to Hans Teschke in Germany for the use of 4 photographs in the book.
8. Slip case with black and white negatives for illustrations used in the the book.
9. Slip case with 4 colour negatives for illustrations used in the the book (Pontiac County).
10. Clipping and photocopy, Eganville Leader, April 10, 1985, article and photo by Bernd Krueger, “Destination Ottawa Valley outlines German immigration”.
11. Photocopy of article with pictures from This Week in the Madawaska Valley, Barry’s Bay, January 23. 1985, “Book on German Immigrants”.
12. Photocopy of book review (with photo) from Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 2, 1985, by Christina Thiele, “German settlement part of Valley story”.
13. Photocopy of book review (in German) in Kanada Kurier, Winnipeg, Jan. 24, 1985, by Edith Kuntz. Photos.
14. Photocopy of book review (in English and French), “Ottawa Valley Germans” in Dialogue, Secretary of State, Ottawa, March 1985.
15. Pages from Cultures Canada, 1985, with review of the book in French and English.
16. Photocopy of review in the Pembroke Advertiser News, Jan. 16, 1985, “Destination: explores German settlement, by CB Pappin, with 2 photos.
17. Photocopy of article in Arnprior Guide, Jan. 9, 1985, “New Book on German Settlement in the Ottawa Valley, one photo.
18. Photocopy of article in Ottawa Citizen, April 19, 1985, by Burt Heward, re Citizen literary prize, for which Peter Hessel’s book was nominated. Sandra Gwyn’s book won the award. Also letter of congratulation attached.
19. Typewritten brief column regarding the book, from George Bonavia’s column, “From My Bookshelf”, March 1985.
20. Article (in German) in Kanada Kurier, Winnipeg, Feb. 7, 1985, by Edith Kuntz, regarding a book launch in Ottawa on January 19, 1985, organized by the Business and Professional Association.
21. Copy of article from the Canadian Dictionary of Biography about Philip Vankoughnet, also black and white studio photo. As Minister of Agriculture, he was responsible for immigration when the German and Kashub immigrants came to the Ottawa Valley.
22. Typescript of a speech by Peter Hessel at Earl of March High School on May 22, 1985, “Germans, one of Canada’s Founding Groups”.
23. Letter from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and an attached negative review of Brenda Lee-Whiting’s book, “Harvest of Stones” with a positive reference to Peter Hessel’s book at the end.
24. Photocopy of book review by Peter Hessel of Brenda Lee-Whiting’s book, “Harvest of Stones, in Canadian Geographic, April/May, 1986.
25. Photocopy of photo of Peter Hessel with then Secretary of State for Multiculturalism, Jack B. Murta, who wrote the foreword in Peter’s book. 1984.
25. Photocopy of article (in German) about a tour of German settlements in the upoper Ottawa Valley, organized by the German Auxiliary Society in Ottawa, guided by Peter Hessel.
26. Photocopy of information about Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data (National Library) for the book.
27. Letter from Ric Swigger of Tara, Ontario, to Peter Hessel, dated June 20, 1995, re questions stemming from the book.
28. Envelope with negatives of photographs (H.T.s for illustrations) in the book.
1. Photocopy of article in Chronicle-Guide of Nov. 23, 1988, “Book on McNab Township a history lesson for all” by Melanie O’Brien (with photo).
2. List of persons invited to the book launching in November 1988.
3. Invitation for the book launching [pink card].
4. Copy of program for the launching of the book at the Christian Education Centre in Arnprior on Nov. 26, 1988.
5. Photocopy of clipping from the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, Nov. 30, 1988. “McNab Township history book available at library” with photo from the launching.
6. Guest book from the book launching.
7. Card of congratulations from Peter’s family.
8. Card of congratulations from Susan Thompson.
9. Telegram of greetings from Commander Stanley Nettle in England, dated Nov. 24, 1988.
10. Photocopy of book review in Ottawa Citizen of Nov, 24, 1988, by Trish Dyer, “McNab Township tyrant gets softer treatment in new history”.
11. Copy of publication announcement for the book by Kichesippi Books.
12. Copy of publication announcement for the book (for libraries), by Kichesippi Books.
13. Photocopy of article by Trish Dyer in Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 28, 1988, “Tyrant still has power in valley. New book on Laird’s rise and fall”, with original clipping attached.
14. Photocopy of book review in Ottawa Citizen, by Jim Robb, “Laird McNab and his miserable flock”, with photo. (December 1988?)
15. Letter from Len Hopkins, M.P., with handwritten congratulations, dated December 14, 1988.
16. Ontario History, vol. LXXXI, No. 4, December 1989, with review of Peter Hessel’s book (pages 323-324) by Patricia Bolger, Renfrew.
17. Clipping from Chronicle-Guide, June 27, 1990 of article, “McNab Historian recalls two historic events” by Chris Gallon. Not directly related to the book, but two two historical anniversaries in 1990: 170 years ago (June 23) the “McNab Settlers” arrived, and 150 years ago: township meeting at Allan Stewart’s farm (June 3).
Peter Hessel is an author, journalist and translator by profession. He was instrumental in establishing the Arnprior & District Archives in 1993.
While conducting research for his book "McNab - The Township", Peter Hessel created many files which he donated to the ADA in 1994 along with other historical information about the Arnprior area. This formed the basis of the Peter Hessel collection. The collection expanded over time and continues to be added to on a regular basis as an "open" collection based on subject rather than provenance. The photograph album was donated to the ADA in 2006.
Scope and Content
Collection Files H2.1 - H3.3
The collection consists of many original documents as well as photocopied material and newspaper clippings pertaining to the history of Arnprior, McNab and Braeside. Each file contains various items which are listed in the Scope and Content note for that particular file. SEE INDIVIDUAL FILE LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS DATABASE.
Photograph Album H10.02
The collection also consists of a photograph album (1930 - 1990) containing 294 colour photographs and 74 B&W photographs which was compiled by Peter Hessel. It documents areas of historical interest in McNab Township including Burnstown, White Lake, Waba, Lochwinnoch, Braeside, Canaan, Dewars, Sand Point, Stewartville and Glasgow Station.
Peter Hessel Collection Maps - Map Cabinet 1 Drawer 12
Files arranged alphabetically by subject by Peter Hessel .
Maps are described at the item level in Archives OnLine. eg. Peter Hessel Collection M001 etc.
Further accruals are expected
See also: Stewart Famco fonds, Accession #1999-0107
Shows water depths, lighthouses & buoys. Insets of Sand Point Wharf, Arnprior Wharf, the Madawaska Marina, mouth of Madawaska, Norway Bay wharf, the lowest part of the Madawaska and Mississippi Rivers, etc.. No longer an island behind church on Albert St.
Other names: Stewarts Bay, Rhoddys Bay, Rhoddys Point, Stories Bay, Sandy Hook, Sandy Beach, Rafting Point, Boomcamp Hill, Goodwyns Bay, Pocket Bay, Marshall Bay, Indian Point, Snake Island, Marsh Island, Lighthouse island, Chats Haven, Vydon Acres
Graph showing mean water level below Chenaux Dam.See 2006-0202-001 for 1969 version of map.
Shows water depths, lighthouses & buoys. Insets of Sand Point Wharf, Arnprior Wharf, Baker & Kennedy Marina, mouth of Madawaska, Norway Bay wharf, the lowest part of the Madawaska and Mississippi Rivers, etc. Shows the island behind the Catholic Church on Albert St.
Other names: Campbell's island, Stewarts Bay, Rhoddys Bay, Rhoddys Point, Stories Bay, Sandy Hook, Sandy Beach, Rafting Point, Boomcamp Hill, Goodwyns Bay, Pocket Bay, Marshall Bay, Indian Point, Snake Island, Marsh Island, Chats Haven.
Graph showing mean water level below Chenaux Dam. See 94-0021-017 for 1986 version of map.
The Madawaska Book Club was formed in Arnprior in 1962. Originally a member of the Canadian Home Reading Union, the group decided to drop its membership in the Union in 1991. Funds were used to buy books and magazines for use in Arnprior & District Library, the Grove nursing home and the Arnprior & District Hospital. Also, the group sent parcels of books to schools where funds were not available for a library.
The book club held monthly meetings beginning in September where readings of poetry, book reports and exchanges followed regular business meetings. Often, the book club invited guest authors to their meetings where they would discuss the research, background and intent of the novel with the members.
Donated by the president Gillian Danby and Diane Brearly (secretary) in 2000. Accrual January 2013
Scope and Content
The collection consists of four file folders containing minutes of the Madawaska Book Club, membership lists and bookkeeping related to membership, as well as book lists, correspondence, photographs, general discussion of the books etc.
Of particular note is a small collection of photographs, news clippings, thank you letters etc. from an event that was organized by the Madawaska Book Club and hosted by Gillian Danby in her beautiful garden in June 2003. It was organized by the book club to honour the Arnprior Book Store (Gwen Storie), Arnprior Public Library staff and Arnprior Public Library Board members.
File contains information about the novel Kinsmen by Percival Cooney.
1. Photocopy of article from Chronicle, Sep. 27 (?), 1929, entitled “Rousing Welcome Accorded P.J. Cooney; Urges Maintenance of Chief’s Old Home”. Photo of P.J. Cooney. Key terms: David Craig, Thomas Paris, Ed Armand’s store, E.C. Armand, Frank Cooney, Byron Cooney, Barclay Craig, Dr. David Craig, Mayor Mulvihill, R.A. Jeffery
2. Photocopies of some pages in McNab — The Township, with references to Kinsmen and Cooney. Other key terms: Roland Wild, Lipsy.
3. Photocopy of article from H.S. Herald Christmas Number” , entitled “Percival J. Cooney”. Eldest son of John Cooney, head gardener in the extensive nurseries of John Osborne [should be Usborne?]. Nickname in high school: “Kidnapped Cooney”.
See also: interesting letters in file “Historical Society Documents [formerly HS copies]” in Peter Hessel Fonds.
Cooney’s letter to Chronicle (Sep. 27, 1929, page 1).
Chronicle, Sep. 20, 1929, page 4: reference to “new edition” of Kinsmen by P.J. Cooney.
1. Photocopy of the title page and copyright page of the book, a novel written anonymously under the pseudonym of “Duncan Clark, M.D.” (“edited by M.C. Craig”) and published in Ottawa in 1930. The Archives has a complete (paperback) copy of the book on the reference shelves. Peter Hessel owns a hardcover edition.
2. 4-page notes by Peter Hessel, listing persons and places mentioned in the book, in an effort to establish relationships between the fictional account and actual historical events in Arnprior. The name of the fictional community (Braemar) is made up of Braeside, McNab and Arnpior.
In the 1990s, the book was reprinted by General Store Publishing in Burnstown.
Madawaska Accounts of Men who are making Timber for D. McLachlin for 1847-1848. Inscribed on front page: "It is the Rule for this season's business that every man is to pay two shillings and six pence per pound for the tea he may use" signed DM.
Names contained in the pocket notebook include: (names appear as written)
This book was used to record the quantity of lumber shipped and to which destination for each cutting year. According to this book, the McLachlin Bros. shipped lumber to W.L Proctor and Shepard Hall in Ogdensburg, and Isaac P. Wetmore in Oswego, all in New York State.
Use digital copy only. Archivist permission required to access originals.
1. Pictorial pages prepared prior to the printing of Leo Lavoie’s “Arnprior Story”, donated by Arnold McIntyre in 1999.
2. Clipping from Ottawa Citizen, April 17, 2003, article by Kelly Egan: “For tales of Arnprior way back when, call Leo”. Photo of Leo holding a volume of his collected newspaper columns (“You’re Not Getting Any Younger ...”). 90th birthday. Certificate from Ontario Heritage Foundation. Chronicle-Guide. Father Napoléon (native Quebecker) worked for McLachlins. Leo’s parents and 2 siblings died of influenza in 1920. Raised by grandparents. Learned Morse code and to operate a telegraph. Became town agent for CPR telecommunications. Married wife Anne 67 years ago. Founded Lavoie Travel in 1962. Retired in 1978. Member of Separate School Board for years.
3. Obituary of Leo Lavoie (d. Feb 17, 2007) and 7 articles about his life and career from various sources.