View of County Road 2 and village taken from above (possibly from Church steeple). View is towards Burnstown. White Lake appears top left. Photograph could have been taken in the early 1940’s. Note on back reads, ”Road down past our house from church.”
Macnamara and his friends often went on excursions around the area. Lindsay Russel, husband of Harriet McLachlin and surveyor general of Ontario from 1878-1882 is seen at extreme left of photograph. Armond Burwash is seen in centre with beard. On a trip to Pakenham, they ran into some trouble with their carriage near White Lake.
1. Black and white photo of Maggie McNab of White Lake, with a spinning wheel outside a building. Origin unknown.
2. Colour photograph taken by Peter Hessel in the 1980s, showing the house in White Lake at the southeast corner of the intersection of White Lake Road and Burnstown Road (opposite the church). The house was then occupied by Phoebe Hunter.
3. Black and white photograph (enlargement) by Dorothy Garlough of Burnstown, taken in 1984. The photo shows a detail of the verandah of the “Fraser House” on Main Street (Front Street, later named Burnstown Road) in White Lake. It won second prize in a photo contest organized by Waba Cottage Museum.
4. Photocopy of a black and white photo showing the boathouse for the Stewart and McLachlin yachts at White Lake. The boathouse was demolished in the 1940s after which Mr. Ostler built a dance pavilion on the site (the pavilion burned down).
5. Photocopy of a page from the “Canada Directory” for 1857-1858, showing names and occupations of heads of households. The population was given as about 150. Family names: Adams, Barry, Bennet, Box, Boyle, Brown, Browne, Burlongette, Casey, Cram, Dennin, Elliot, Ferguson, Fraser [Rev.], Johnston, Kenny, Lindsay, McNab (one spelled Macnab), McAdam, McDonald, McLauchlan, McManus, McRae, Mills, Moynahem, Paris, Parkhurst, Robertson, Ryan, Stirling, Yuill. Occupations: innkeeper, shoemaker, stonecutter, general store, clerk, painter, lumber merchant, miller, plasterer, teacher, free church [minister], carriagemaker, waggonmaker, saw mill owner, landowner, farmer, constable, carpenter, postmaster, carding and fulling mill, flouring mill, stonemason, tailor.
6. Photo of a map of White Lake (original at the Ontario Archives) by H.F. Walling, dated 1863, showing Main Street, Allan Street, Fisher Street, Side Line (the road to Arnprior), and Mill Street (now John Box Street). It shows the locations for the Paris grist mill and sawmill, the Lindsay sawmill, Alexander Stirlings "shoe shop" and store, J. Cuthbert's store, D. McManus's blacksmith shop, the Presbyterian Church, the Manse (Rev. S.S. Fraser), J. McAllum's Hotel (White House), the school, and a number of residences. There are 2 copies of this photo.
7. Sketch of a map of White Lake village (source and date unknown), showing Main Street, Allan Street and Point Road, plus “Highway 2”. Scale: 1” = 1000 feet.
8. Photocopy of article in a local paper (April 20, 1933) by Ruth Fraser, “Early Days at White Lake”. Reference to John McLauchlan, immigrant from Scotland, L 15 C 3 (Alex McLeod), Thomas McLauchlan. Charles Fraser L8 C4 (son Alexander Fraser, grandson William N. Fraser). John Cunningham (from Ireland) L 11 C 5 (son John Cunningham, grandson Samuel O. Cunningham). James Cunningham. Lowlands (Clay Bank). L 2 C 7, William J. Cunningham. James Headrick (his son James Headrick, grandson Fred), L 3 C 8. Mail service, mail delivery: James Robertson (first mail to White Lake). Rural route: first mailman Michael Havey (on horseback, one trip a week): Arnprior - White Lake - Burnstown). First post office John Paris. Louise Paris. Joseph Thoms. William McNab (R.R. 1, 5th Line, daily). Ernest Box (R.R. 2, Bellamy Road 3 x a week). Post master at White Lake in 1933: John Hough. “Church Lot” (Free Church / Free Kirk) in White Lake donated by the Laird owned in 1933 by John Fraser (Allan Street / Back Street). First minister: Rev. Cunningham Simon Fraser from Scotland. The old manse: home of Alexander McNab in 1933. First blacksmith shop where “Joseph Hamilton now resides”, another owned by Michael Merriman on the “vacant lot now owned by Russell Cameron. Merriman’s Corner. Alexander Cameron “present blacksmith”. In frame house built by Adam McGonigal. Village “surveyed mostly from L 6 C 4. Allan McNab. William Lindsay, Alexander Lindsay, Gavin Lindsay. James R. Gillies (sawmill on Waba Creek on Fraser property). Robert Box. Sawmill burned in 1898, never rebuilt. Daniel Fraser. Matthew J. O’Reilly (lineman for McNab Co.) White Lake schools (3 successive buildings). Land from Robertson. First teacher: Duncan Ferguson, “present” Miss L.E. Andison in the senior room and Miss G.I. Halpenny in the junior room. Leslie Hanson, (Mrs.) William McAdam operated the hotel called Old White House. Stores: Thomas Young, William Sterling, F. Ostler, James E, Cuthbert. John Paris mill, James Paris, Colin Deacon, Jack Campbell. Cemetery: Donald Fraser gave land. Enlarged in 1932. taken care of by the Women’s Institute. Waba Cottage. John S. Box. White Lake a summer resort. Tourists, cottages. Presbyterian Church, United Church, Baptist Church, Orange Hall, (Loyal Orange Lodge) L.O.L. No. 2902. Lawn socials. [Ruth Fraser married Donald McLeod.]
9. Colour slide taken by Peter Hessel (about 1983) of a small frame house on Back Street in White Lake. The house was later demolished.
Much information about the history of the White Lake area is contained in the books “White Lake — The Early Years” (published by the White Lake Property Owners Association in 1999) and “White Lake — The Later Years” (published in December 2000) — on our book shelves. Some of the articles from these books have been copied and inserted in the relevant files.
The Baptist Congregation in White Lake was established in the early 1870's. Funds were raised to erect a brick church at the southeast corner of Bellamy Road and the White Lake Road on land donated by John Box. This church was completed in 1880 and seated approximately 250 people. It was located directly opposite the Presbyterian (later United) Church in White Lake. In 1884, a parsonage was built that Rev. Holbin first occupied. Reverend Fred Ashton arrived in April of 1922. Oh June 4 1924, the Church, manse and sheds were destroyed by fire.
File consists of:
1. Photocopy of a typescript found in the pulpit of the “community church” at Waba Cottage Museum, It is entitled “The Life Story of the White Lake Baptist Church, 1873-1969”. Key terms: John Box, “Images”, Orange Hall (Loyal Orange Lodge), Quilt, “Temple”, Rainboth,
2. Photocopy of article (Chronicle, about 1924), “Baptist Church and Parsonage at White Lake Destroyed by Fire”. Rev. Ashton and family narrowly escaped; no insurance. First Baptist services in White Lake in 1879, when Rev. Rainboth came to hold service in “The Temple”. The church which burned now, a brick building that seated 250 people, was erected in 1880.
There are two buildings at opposite corners at the intersection of White Lake Road and Burnstown Road (formerly Main Street) in White Lake, which have been general stores. One was built by James Cuthbert in 1860 and was later operated by Fred Ostler (now called the Sweet Shoppe). The other was built in the 1940s by John A. Box and Robert Box and later operated by Ernie and Nettie Box. The first building was demolished. The building replacing it has been a general store ever since. Over the years, there have been other general stores on Main Street, especially Stirling House.
Scope and Content
File consists of:
1. Photocopy from “White Lake — The Later Years” of an article by Allora Sheridan, “White Lake Sweet Shop”, with a sketch by Max Sutherland (2000). Fred Ostler and his son operated this as a general store until the late 1930s, after which it remained vacant for about 50 years, except for two years in the 1970s, when it was used as a bait shop by Donny Schnob of Pakenham. In April 1980, Barbara Langford opened it as an ice cream store known as “The White Lake Sweet Shop”. In 1984, that business was taken over by the owner of the building, the late Lois McLellan, who was the granddaughter of the original owner, James Cuthbert. In 1989, Alan Budarick and family took over the business.
2. Greeting card with drawing by Pat Hubbard (of Vankleek Hill) of the Sweet Shop when it was operated by Barbara Langford.
3. Photocopy from “White Lake — The Later Years” of an article by Randy Conn, “White Lake General Store”, with a circa 1940 photo owned by Lorna Murdock and a sketch by Max Sutherland (2000). It was built In 2001, this store is owned by Jay Conn and operated by his daughter Babette Nugent and his son Randy Conn. Earlier owners were Marshalls and Farrs.
4. “Mail Order” from the wholesale firm of John M. Garland, Son & Co. in Ottawa for a variety of food items, etc. to be shipped to Fred Ostler of White Lake, dated June 19, 1910. For Picnic Committee.
5. Receipt from Fred Ostler, General Merchant, date not complete (early 20th century), re Picnic, for sugar, etc.
6. Receipt from Fred Ostler, General Merchant, July 3, 1908, re Picnic, for salt, essence, etc.
7. Invoice from F. Ostler, General Merchant, dated June 24, 1904, to “Picnic Committee”.
8. Black and white postcard of the corner of Bellamy Road, White Lake Road and Burnstown Road in White Lake village, showing the Ostler general store on the right. (early 1940s?). The photo is facing west on Bellamy Road toward the Burnstown Road (formerly Front Street). Beyond the intersection on the right are the pumps of a service station (at the Box general store). Opposite that is the fence around St. Andrew’s United Church.
See also file "Stirling House" in Peter Hessel Collection.
The present church building was consecrated as St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in 1881 (built on the site of an earlier frame church). The congregation became St. Andrew’s United Church upon “Union” in 1925, although some members chose not to join “Union” but to remain Presbyterians. They founded a new St. Andrew’s Presbyterian congregation and in 1929 built a new church in White Lake (which in 1963 became the Women’s Institute Hall).
Scope and Content
File consists of:
1. Pages 157-159 from “McNab — The Township”, with an overview of the church history (congregations, church buildings, etc.). First records of 1842 (Fisher House). Auld Kirk, Free Church. District of McNab. Rev. Simon C, Fraser. Rev. George Bremner.
2. Photo (enlarged) of St. Andrew’s United Church, White Lake, in March 1946 (65th anniversary). This photo was given to Rev. D. McRae by John Hough in 1946.
3. Photo (enlarged) of the same vintage as the above, of the interior of the church.
4. Photo of the church (after union) in a Christmas card (late 1920s?).
5. Colour postcard of the church (date unknown; 1950s?).
6. Colour photo of the church while a new steeple roof is installed, taken by Peter Hessel in the late 1980s.
7. Handwritten note dated Waba, Dec. 20, 1912, “List of arrears for Minister’s Stipend in Alex Baque division”, showing names of 8 men (three arrears remaining unpaid).
8. Two-page handwritten ledger, “Joint account White Lake and Burnstown for Manse repairs, 1902”. The end figures are different on each page.
9. Two-page handwritten “Statement of Ordinary Collections for 1902”.
10. Handwritten page “White Lake Burnstown Congregation, to R. Stewart”, 1907.
11. Printed receipt from the Presbyterian Church in Canada, dated September 30, 1914, issued to the White Lake Sabbath School, Rev. A. Drysdale, for $6.65.
12. Blank credit form from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
13. Invoice from Sanitaris Limited (bottlers of table water in Arnprior), dated July 2, 1912, to Presbyterian Church, White Lake, for 18 cases of soft drinks, and “Keep of Team ...?”.
14. Invoice from The Watchman, Jas. C. Williams, Proprietor, Arnprior, dated March 21, 1914, apparently for an ad re: the 50th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church.
15. (Last) printed financial statement of the Presbyterian Church, Jan. 23, 1924.
16. (First) printed financial statement of the United Church, Dec. 31, 1925.
17. Envelope with two “Golden Jubilee” invitation cards 1881-1931 (United Church). One marked: Mr. and Mrs. D. Stewart and family. In the envelope with black and white photo of a winter scene. In the middle: Margaret Stewart of Waba (as Sunday School teacher?)
18. Clipping of newspaper article, dated September 1932 (Chronicle?), “White Lake Church In Golden Jubilee”.
19. Printed program for United Church anniversary services, dated Sep. 25, 1938 (2 copies).
20. Printed Church Report for 1940. Rev. Gault.
21. Printed program for United Church Anniversary Services, Sep. 24, 1944.
22. Printed United Church annual report, 1950. Rev. Jaster.
23. Printed United Church annual report, 1951. Rev. Jaster.
24. Printed United Church annual report, 1953. Rev. Jaster.
25. Printed United Church annual report, 1954. Rev. Jaster.
26. Printed United Church annual report, 1955. Rev. Jaster.
27. Membership card (undated) in Woman’s Missionary Society for Ethel M. Stewart (of Waba).
28. Diamond Jubilee of Saint Andrew's United Church, White Lake, Ontario 1881-1955 booklet printed in 1956 by the Renfrew Advance. Photo of Rev. Jaster in military uniform (Captain). Photo reproduction of Rev. George Bremner, Rev. Henry G. Steers, Rev. Thomas McNaught, Rev. M.R. Brown, Rev. David G. Gault, Rev. C. Armstrong Sales, Rev. Duncan McRae.
29. Printed hymn sheet, “Decoration Day Service” (no date).
30. Printed program, June 29, 1958. Rev. W.J. ten Hoopen.
31. Printed program for Decoration Sunday service at White Lake Cemetery, Sep. 7, 1958.
32. Printed program for “Rally Sunday - Diamond Jubilee” service, Sep. 23, 1956. Rev. W.J. ten Hoopen.
33. Printed program for Decoration Day service at White Lake Cemetery, Sep. 4, 1960. Rev. W.J. ten Hoopen.
34. Printed program, May 3, 1964. Rev. W.M. Bridges.
35. Printed program, November 1, 1964. Rev. W.M. Bridges.
37. Newspaper clipping (Chronicle, June 1, 1966): “Rev. and Mrs. V.A. Plager Attend Kingston Conference”. Also mentioned: death of William Russell Headrick.
38. 100th anniversary booklet (1881-1981).
39. Letter from Ruth Dyck Wilson of the United Church Archives at Victoria University (U of T), to Peter Hessel, dated March 8, 1993, re: archival holdings for local churches. Attached are some references regarding White Lake.
40. Handwritten notes by Edith Barker, dated April 4th, 1989 re: the 25th anniversary of the United Church Women in White Lake.
41. Memorial card (Boyce Funeral Home), dated December 21, 1993. $25 donated to the St. Andrew’s Memorial Fund in memory of the late Lawrence Millar.
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?
Shows roads, wet areas, and residences around White Lake; lots,concessions and township lines; names of bays and islands; and some farms identified. There is an insert of the village, which includes roads, residences, and Waba Dam.
Jean Belle Headrick was the daughter of John Cunningham and Elizabeth McLachlan. She was born 4 January 1910, a twin to James Donald Cunningham. There were nine children in the Cunningham family. They lived on a farm on the 5th Concession of McNab Township, near White Lake. Jean and her siblings attended White Lake School. Jean married Wilmer Headrick on June 15, 1927 and they farmed on the property at the corner of Bellamy Road and the Campbell Side Road just east of White Lake. They had no children. Jean was an active member of the White Lake Women's Institute. She died September 6 1994.
Deposited by Irene Robillard on behalf of the Headrick's nephew, Jim Robillard, who regularly worked and lived with the Headrick family.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains four photographs of students attending White Lake School No. 1 which was built in 1889.
1. White Lake School photograph circa 1920:
Upper Row l to r: Anna Cameron, Iolene Cameron, Elsie McLachlin, Murray Yuill (teacher), Miss Fulton (teacher), Alex McNab, Fraser McLachlin, Morris McLachlin, Murray Barber, Andy Fraser, Gib Fraser. Middle Row l to r: Lill Robertson, Dorothy Stewart, Lillie Fraser, Jessie McGregor, Susie Lavalee, Ruby Cameron, Jean Cunningham, Alda Fraser, Harry Fraser, Harry Fraser, Violetta Smithson, Ronald Barrie, Beryl Fraser, Meridith Kippen, Helen McLachlin, Alex Fraser, Lottie Fraser, Florence Cameron, Ruby Stewart, Jimmie Fraser, Clarence Aide Front Row l to r: Jimmie Cunningham, Sam Cunningham, Arnold Ledgerwood, Dougal Fraser, Peter McLachlin, Lawrence McKay, Elwood Cameron, Leslie Aide, Clarence Barber, Howard Kippen, Mac Kippen, Forbes Barr, Neil McKay, Gar Ledgerwood, Nick Fraser, Evans Cameron. Names taken from photo with description published in The Guide, 17 November 1982. Note: Leslie Aide also identified as Merville or Orville Aide by another source. Also, Alex Fraser was known as "Little Alex Fraser".
2. White Lake School photograph circa 1924:
3rd Row, 3rd from left Stanley Fraser, 3rd Row, 5th from left Ronald Barrie. 2nd Row, 4th girl from left Marjorie Fraser (Smith), last girl on right Eva Cunningham, 1st Row, 5th boy from left Gordon Cameron.
3. White Lake School photograph circa 1960:
Jen Hooper, Brian Fraser, Franky Robertson, Linn Deacon, Roslin Campbell, Gail Black Fraser Box, Welland Jones, Wingle McEwen, _ Box, Sandra Cameron, Tiny Hopper, Allan Cunningham, Bobbie McIntyre, Lon Cummingham, _ Watt, _ Marshall, Marcia Deacon, Marion Jones, _Deacon, _ Deacon, Dorothy Jones, Beth Johnson.
4. White Lake School photograph 1962 1963: no identification
Upper Row l to r: Anna Cameron, Iolene Cameron, Elsie McLachlin, Murray Yuill (teacher), Miss Fulton (teacher), Alex McNab, Fraser McLachlin, Morris McLachlin, Murray Barber, Andy Fraser, Gib Fraser. Middle Row l to r: Lill Robertson, Dorothy Stewart, Lillie Fraser, Jessie McGregor, Susie Lavalee, Ruby Cameron, Jean Cunningham, Alda Fraser, Harry Fraser, Harry Fraser, Violetta Smithson, Ronald Barrie, Beryl Fraser, Merideth Kippen, Helen McLachlin, Alex Fraser, Lottie Fraser, Florence Cameron, Ruby Stewart, Jimmie Fraser, Clarence Aide Front Row l to r: Jimmie Cunningham, Sam Cunningham, Arnold Ledgerwood, Dougal Fraser, Peter McLachlin, Lawrence McKay, Elwood Cameron, Leslie Aide, Clarence Barber, Howard Kippen, Mac Kippen, Forbes Barr, Neil McKay, Gar Ledgerwood, Nick Fraser, Evans Cameron. Names taken from photo with description published in The Guide, 17 November 1982. Note: Leslie Aide also identified as Merville or Orville Aide by another source. Also, Alex Fraser was known as "Little Alex Fraser".