1. Original handwritten Bylaw No. 73, dated February 6, 1855. Pertaining to the appointment of township officers. Photocopy in back of file.
2. Original handwritten Bylaw No. 97, dated March 24, 1856. Pertaining to the
appointment of township officers. With trace of seal. Photocopy in back of file.
3. Original handwritten letter by Thomas Frood, of McNab Township, to A.H. Dowell, Township Clerk, dated May 1858, regarding expenditures for the Arnprior and Burnstown Road. Photocopy in back of file.
4. Original handwritten letter, dated September 28, 1864, by W. Fraser, County Treasurer (for Lanark and Renfrew) to John McNab, Clerk of McNab Township, regarding financial arrears — 9th Concession. Photocopy in back of file.
5. Original handwritten letter, dated March 20, 1886, by A.W. Bell, Realtor in Carleton Place, to Andrew Hamilton, Clerk, McNab Township, regarding land at Sand Point and Braeside. Photocopy in back of file.
6. “Declaration of Office”, dated at White Lake, September 20, 1902, signed by Thomas Fraser, appointed as Collector. Photocopy in back of file.
7. Photocopy of chapter entitled “The Municipal Corporations Act of 1849” by J.H. Aitchison, University of Toronto, in Canadian Historical Review, Christmas 1949, pages 107-122. With finding information. Explains the formation of municipal government in Canada West (Ontario).
8. Transcript by Peter Hessel of the minutes of a meeting dated January 7, 1850, held at the home of John McIntyre on the Flat Rapids Road. This is the first entry in the minute book. This meeting was the first meeting of “inhabitant freeholders and householders of the townships of McNab & Bagot”. This meeting nominated the candidates for councillor (John Paris, Peter Robertson, James Morris, William Storie, John Fisher, Allan Stewart, John Robertson, George Rochester, James Carmichael, Duncan Campbell, Alex McDonnell. Rochester, Carmichael and McDonnell withdrew. Eight men “stood for the poll”. The following 5 were elected (number of votes in brackets): John Paris (86), James Morris (80), John Fisher (77), Allan Stewart (63), William Storie (56). James Brown (or Browne), the Clerk, was the returning officer.
9. Transcript by Peter Hessel of the minutes of a council meeting dated January 21, 1850, the first Council meeting of the newly elected McNab Council — the first under the new Municipal Act. Election of Reeve (James Morris), and appointments. Meeting was held at the home of James Dickson on Lot 19, Concession 5. Treasurer: John Forrest.
10. Transcript by Peter Hessel of the minutes of a council meeting dated January 19, 1857, at the home of Daniel McIntyre. John Paris was sworn into office as Reeve. Appointment of officers. Interesting record of the process of passing a bylaw.
11. Photocopy of clipping of article entitled “Early Days in McNab Township from The Farmer’s Advocate (date?). Roads, bridges. Balmer Island, Stewartville.
12. Photocopy of clipping of article entitled “Renfrew County’s Early History Told in New-Found Documents”. Arnprior, April 8 (year?). When Ontario Hydro built the power station at Stewartville, the old township hall was vacant; it contained many documents (“among ankle-deep debris”).
13. Clipping of item from Chronicle-Guide, March 4, 1987, “McNab Pay Rates” by Judy Bedore. States salaries and hourly wages of reeve, councillors and officers.
14. Clipping of article by David Crompton in Arnprior Chronicle-Guide of (date?) 1987 regarding annexation of some McNab land by Arnprior.
15. Photocopy (2 pages) of certain accounts marked 1858. These were found in Alexander Stewart’s account book (Waba), 1858, which was held by Duncan G. Stewart. The originals may be in the Stewart Famco fonds.
16. Clipping of 2 articles from a 1987 issue of the Arnprior Chronicle, re “annexation agreement” and “Building boom in township”.
17. Article on Local Government in McNab Township, 1842-1997, "The Councils of McNab from 1850 to 1997" compiled by Neil Stewart (date unknown). Includes names of Reeves, Deputy Reeves and Councillors.
See also file “Township appointments” in Hessel collection
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.
1. Typewritten copy of a letter from Alderman Edward Charles Henry Jones (in England), grandson of Chief Archibald McNab, to the Clerk of McNab Township in 1967. Refers to the Chief’s marriage certificate: the Chief married Elizabeth Marshall at St. Mary le Bone church in London, August 25, 1855 [see McNab — The Township, page 78-90]. Mentions silver shoulder broach, carved walking stick presented to the Laird by the Grenadiers of the 93rd Highlanders on May 8, 1846.
2. Handwritten sketch (drawn by Iris McNab Jones) of Archibald McNab and his descendants through his last marriage. The Laird’s daughter Annie Elizabeth (born 1858, died 1929) married Edward Charles Henry Jones (born 1894, who wrote the above letter in 1967). Edward Charles Henry Jones has several descendants in Britain including Robin McNab Jones. E.C.H. Jones had a sister Nellie Elizabeth who married a Mr. Nettle. Commander Stanley Archibald Nettle is her son (the Laird’s great-grandson). Iris McNab Jones (a great-granddaughter of the Laird) married Scott Morgan. A photo and photocopy thereof is attached.
3. Event report re article in Arnprior Watchman of Dec. 13, 1918, page 1 re an account in the Dec. 6 issue of the Arnprior Chronicle pertaining to a visit of the Laird’s granddaughter in Arnprior.
4. Two colour photos taken by Peter Hessel at Waba Cottage on Oct. 25, 1994, of Iris MacNab Morgan (great-granddaughter of Archibald Laird of McNab; her husband Scott and son Ian.
See also files: “Nettle, S. A., Commander”; “Yuill Family History”; “Waba Cottage Museum”, “McNab, Allan (Laird’s Son)”.
1. Photocopy of letter by R.E. Hutchison of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to Commander Nettle, dated Oct. 28, 1968, re origins of the Edinburgh portrait of Archibald McNab. The Gallery purchased it from Major A.E.W. Malcolm in London in 1948. “A letter exists which suggests that this picture or another version of it was sent by a Mrs. McDonall . . . in Canada to a Mr. Inglis in Britain. This would suggest that it was painted in Canada . . .” “Probably the work of a Canadian or, at least, someone working in Canada”. Attached photo mistakenly labelled the Chief as the “15th” instead of the 13th.
2. Letter from Helen Smailes of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to Peter Hessel, dated Feb. 12, 1988 re request for a photo of the Edinburgh portrait. The picture is called “primitive”, dated about 1825. Cryptic note to a Captain Mackenzie in Canada.
3. Copy of letter from Christine Boyanoski of the Art Gallery of Ontario to Helen Smailes of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, dated March 1, 1988, referring to the “Dundurn Castle portrait” which belongs to the Royal Ontario Museum.
4. Copy of letter by Peter Hessel to Julie Murphy of the National Galleries of Scotland, dated March 28, 1988 regarding a black and white photo of the Edinburgh portrait for publication in the book. (Attachments).
5. Letter by Helen Smailes to Peter Hessel, dated April 13, 1988. The Edinburgh portrait “seems to be marginally finer . . .” Also reference to the Raeburn portrait of Francis McNab in the National Gallery, London.
6. Postcard from Catherine Forrest to Peter Hessel, dated June 8, 1988, showing the famous Raeburn portrait of Archibald’s uncle, Francis McNab (1734-1816), in the National Gallery in London.
7. Photocopy of pages 9 and 10 of a publication called “Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Sketches by the Late John Kay, Miniature Painter, Edinburgh”, also copy of a sketch of Francis McNab, and biographical background on Francis.
8. Photocopy of page 220, from “Scotland’s Story” by Tom Steel, New Perspective, London, 1984. Illustrations of the Raeburn portrait of Francis McNab and the Edinburgh portrait of Archibald.
9. Photocopy of the “Edinburgh portrait”, PG 1514.
10. Photocopy of the “Dundurn Castle” portrait (from “Giants”) by
11. Photocopy of two-page typescript, article from Sunday Dispatch or Referee, Feb. 1839 re “The Last Macnab”, ref. to the Raeburn portrait, and copy of a letter “My dear Sir,” by “yours truly” [?] regarding an oil painting by Chief McNab sent to Mr. Inglis by an aunt, Mrs. McDonall [should be MacDonell in Sand Point!]. . .” A handwritten reference at the top of this copy refers to Roland Wild’s book.
12. Photocopies of pages 135/136 of Roland Wild’s book, “MacNab: The Last Laird” referring to a portrait of Archibald given to Alexander MacDonnell . . . “there is some mystery about the portrait, and there are still some who actually believe that the Raeburn masterpiece of Francis Macnab found its way to Canada...” This, with attached copies of articles, was sent to Peter Hessel by the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland in 1988, with some handwritten comments.
13. Photocopies of portraits, sent to Peter Hessel by the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland in 1988, with handwritten comments.
14. Correspondence between Peter Hessel and the Royal Ontario Museum, and other documents pertaining to the reproduction of the “Dundurn Castle portrait” in the form of a postcard published by Waba Cottage Museum, January to May 1992.
15. Letter from the Royal Ontario Museum to Peter Hessel, dated March 25, 1992 and signed by Trilby Bittle, Head, Marketing and Public Relations, re rights to reproduce the portrait of Archibald McNab on a postcard.
1. Material regarding the Arnprior Town Hall building: photocopy of clipping from the Arnprior Chronicle, Dec. 14, 1888 [Holiday Number]: “Our New Town Hall — The handsomest public building on the line; a model of beauty and convenience”. Line drawings of the new and old town halls. The old town hall in the “Market Square” area, at the corner of Hugh and Victoria Streets, was destroyed by fire on April 2, 1888. Two fire engines were also destroyed in the fire. The new town hall was designed by Andrew Bell of Almonte. It was built on the “gore lot”, donated by Daniel McLachlin. It was constructed for $11,760 by Robert Fleming. The article also contains biographies and line drawings of municipal officers: R.G. Moles, Dr. James Goldie Cranston, Peter McGonigal, Archibald J. Campbell, John Tierney. There is also a clipping from the Chronicle of March 12, 1964 of an article by Bernie Bedore, largely based on the above.
2. Material (including lists) concerning council members, reeves and mayors, municipal election “appreciation notices”, ads, etc.
3. Obituary notice for George Manning Johnson (Mayor Johnson, Mayor George M. Johnson), who died in Almonte on June 4, 2001, at age 81. He was born in Saskatchewan. He served in Worlds War II. He moved to Arnprior to work for M. Sullivan & Son Construction (Vice Chairman). He served first as councillor, then mayor of Arnprior. Article about him in the Chronicle of June 13, 2001.
See: Chronicle articles and pictures, Jan. 16, 1964, page 1 regarding the removal of the tower from the town hall.
See: Chronicle, July 3, 1985: town hall bell and its theft.
1. Copy of article by Harry Walker, reprinted in “100 Years Ottawa + the Valley: Ottawa Journal, 1967 (p. 64-66), entitled “Arnprior Editor Got News Right Off Cracker Barrel”. George Edward Neilson. “Neilson’s Weekly”, “Weekly News”. Clerk of the Town of Arnprior and Division Court Clerk. Patent medicines.
2. Photocopy of article in the Chronicle-Guide (1995?) entitled “Over a century in Arnprior” by Jason Marshall, photo of publisher Marjory McBride (Guide). Chronicle established in 1879 by Munn and MacDonald (not the first paper). Mentioned: Star, Weekly Review, News. W.H. McFarlane. County News Limited. Donald W. McCuaig, Donald Runge.
3. Copies of pages from “Holiday Number”, dated 1904, with several articles (John R. Tierney, Bank of Ottawa, Elgin Street Bridge, post office, etc.
4. Another set of copies of the above, with slightly different pages copied.
5. Photocopy of undated (1967?) excerpt from Arnprior Guide about the Guide. Attached is a photo of a Gillies Bros. steam pumper in front of the Guide office
6. Photocopy of pages from book, “The Weeklies, Biggest circulation in town” by J. George Johnston, Bolton, Ont., 1972. Chronicle publisher Dick Atkey (1958). W.H. McFarlane, Mr. McCartney.
7. Transcript of a talk given on Sep. 11, 1990 by Leo Lavoie to the Historical Society about Rene (R.A.) Jeffery (reeve, mayor and newspaperman) and the history of newspapers in Arnprior. Key terms: Norma Hall, Arnprior Chronicle, Ernie Wolff, Josephine O’Neill, Dr. Roylden Jeffery, Barclay Craig (the Craig house on Ottawa Street was the Jeffery home), publishing, printing presses, Star & Arnprior Weekly Review, J.H. Nicholson (Star publisher), Munn & MacDonald (Chronicle), A.J. Jeffery (R.A.’s father, owner of the Chronicle), horse trough (for watering horses, on Elgin Street), Women’s Christian temperance Union (WCTU), W.H. Mcfarlane (Chronicle), R.S. Atkey (Chronicle), County Newspapers Ltd., Donal McCuaig (Chronicle), Runge Newspapers Inc., Fred Runge, Deutsche Post, E.B. Christiansen, Mansfield, German Settlement, Watchman, E.K. Johnston (Watchman), J.C. Williams (Watchman), A.E. Bradwin (Watchman), Arnprior Guide, Steve Prensler (Guide), Mayor G.S. Levy (Guide), Gordon Fenn (Guide), Sue and Derek Walters (Guide).
8. Booklet entitled “MACNAB” by R.A. Jeffery (27 pages). Published in 1946 by the Clan McNab Society, The Cottage, White Lake. Follows more or less “The Last Laird of McNab” by Dugald C. McNab (with most of its errors).
9. Copy of article by Harry Walker, reprinted in “100 Years Ottawa + the Valley: Ottawa Journal, 1967 (p. 64-66), entitled “Arnprior Editor Got News Right Off Cracker Barrel”. George Edward Neilson. “Neilson’s Weekly”, “Weekly News”. Clerk of the Town of Arnprior and Division Court Clerk. Patent medicines.
10. Copy of an ad by Geo. E. Neilson (Weekly News, Jan. 27, 1906) “Money to Loan”, Neilson was also an agent for a loan company.
11. Ads by Geo. E. Neilson (Weekly News, Feb. 3, 1906) re a lot for sale on Edward Street and “water rates notice” (Neilson as Town Clerk). He lived opposite St. Andrew’s Church.
12. Event report: Chronicle, Nov. 13, 1930, page 7: Outstanding Ottawa Valley men: Mr. John J. Neilson of Arnprior [any relation to Geo. E.?]
13. Photocopies of pages from the book, “The Weeklies, Biggest Circulation in Town”. References: Chronicle publisher Dick Atkey (1958), correspondent Mrs. J.W. Smith (Kinburn news). Veteran newspaperman W.H. McFarlane (retired in 1952). Mr. McCartney (resigned in 1953 as chair of the Community Newspaper Association, was publisher of the Chronicle).
14. Article of interest: in Watchman, Sep. 1, 1916, page 1: Obituary for James C, Williams, editor of the Arnprior Watchman. Includes some history of the Watchman, the Chronicle and the Review.
15. Event report: Watchman, Dec. 1, 1916, page 1: Albert E. Bradwin of Sarnia has purchased the Arnprior Watchman from the James C. Williams estate and has made the Watchman a 6-column, 8-page paper.
16. Event report: Chronicle, Oct. 3, 1890: Edwin K. Johnston, editor of the Watchman, married Eliza Anne Kenny.
17. Clipping of an article by H.W. in the Ottawa Journal under the heading of “Tales of the Valley”, in 1963. No. 40: “Rugged Confederation Era Reflected in Valley Press”. Reference to George Neilson’s Weekly and the issue of June 12, 1869. Undertaker ad: “hearse, coffins”. Agent for Northern Transportation Co. and its passenger steamers operating “daily voyages” between Ogdensburg and Chicago. Re settlement of prairies. Edey’s Hotel of George Taylor: “good value for the money”. Neilson also owned a general store and advertised in his own paper (patent medicines).
18. Photocopy of article from the Arnprior Chronicle (late 1960s?), heading incomplete: “... founded in 1878” - History of the Chronicle.
19. Letter dated Nov. 11, 1983, by the town’s solicitors Mirsky & Ritchie in Ottawa, to the Town, Attn. Clerk Gary Buffam, pertaining to the purchase of 17-19 Madawaska Street from Thomson Newspapers by the Town of Arnprior. Attached is a copy of an indenture dated June 16, 1983 between Canadian Newspapers Company Ltd. and the Town of Arnprior. Sale of land for $7,500 to the town. Also attached: Deed for the land. The copy of this letter and attachments were given to Peter Hessel by Gary Buffam, former CEO of Arnprior.
20. Photocopy of clipping from Leo Lavoie’s column “If You Remember” (Chronicle, April 20, 1994) regarding The Star, a newspaper published in Arnprior in the 1860/70s. The publisher was J.H. Nicholson.
21. Print from microfilm copy of Arnprior Chronicle May 06 1981 about the life and work of newspaper publisher and Town Clerk George E. Neilson. Includes references to The Municipal Miscellany which was published by Neilson which later became Municipal World.
22. October 28 1981Obituary and article about Dick Atkey (Richmond S Atkey), publisher of the Arnprior Chronicle from 1952-1965 when it was sold to Thomson newspapers.
See also the George Mattok Fonds, which has a copy of the “Christmas Number of The Herald”, published by Arnprior High School students in 1919. This number has a photo of the old high school erected in 1875 and the new high school erected in 1910. Other information about the high school, the cadet corps. Poem, “Toast to the A.H.S. by M.J. McComb.
Dugald C. (Campbell) McNab was the author of “The Last Laird of McNab”, which was published first in serial form by the Perth Courier / Bathurst Courier in Perth under the title "History of the Settlement of the Township of McNab". In 1899, Alexander Fraser (the first Ontario Archivist) took this material and published it as a book, using only his own name as the “editor and publisher”, and not revealing the author’s name (which he probably did not know). A new edition of the book under the proper author’s name was published in the 1990's by Waba Cottage Museum, with a foreword by Peter Hessel.
Scope and Content
The file consists of:
1. Photocopies of pages 313 to 322, McNab — The Township, re Dugald C. McNab.
2. Photocopy of clipping from Renfrew Mercury of Sep. 10, 1909 with article “The Late J.D.C. McNab” (born in 1822 in Malta, Clerk of McNab Township for half a century), in which it is stated that Dugald C. McNab [spelled here Dougald] was the “only full brother” of the deceased John D.C. McNab. Both Dugald C. and John D.C. McNab were the sons of Duncan McNab, who had been an officer in the British Army, while their mother was “the daughter of the sheriff of Argyllshire ... who died six years later ... en route to Scotland”. The father remarried; the family first lived in Miramichi, New Brunswick, then in March Township in Carleton County. Attached to the clipping is a 2-page handwritten letter by Neil Stewart (then of Nepean), to Peter Hessel, dated January 20, 1993. Neil corrected information on page 308 of McNab — The Township: “Plug” Duncan C. McNab was NOT the son of Duncan McNab (Isla).
3. Handwritten reference card (researched by Kirstin Jeffery in 1987/88) indicating that Dugald C. McNab and his wife Beatrice had a daughter Katherine E.C. McNab, who at the age of 27 married David Camelon, 26, of Cedar Hill, farmer.
4. Photocopy of (land registry?) form, pages 284/285, with the following information: In 1873, Dugald C. McNab (hand-written into the document by unknown) granted land to Charles D. McNab in Braeside.
5. Photocopy of a letter to the editor to the Arnprior Watchman, written by Colin C. McNab of Braeside on Jan. 9, 1917, quoting a letter to him by author Percival J. Cooney of Los Angeles, dated Dec. 28, 1916. Colin C. McNab refers to Dugald C. McNab as his father and author of “Memories of the Township of McNab”.
6. Photocopy of an article in the Ottawa Journal by Harry Walker, entitled “Famous District Dominie Demanded Satisfaction for Alleged Insult . . .”, referring to Dugald C. McNab. This was found in the Perth Museum files.
7. Handwritten note by unknown, undated, re Dugald C. McNab: “Charles D. McNab, Dugald’s second son, born about 1863, was a long-time log foreman for Gillies Brothers (reference from Charlotte Whitton’s book, “A Hundred Years A-Fellin’”. page 169). Francis Peter (Frank) McNab, born in 1867, was a timber cruiser for Gillies (ibid.).
8. Photocopy of a two-page letter by author Glenn Lockwood of Ottawa to Gerald White of the Arnprior and District Historical Society, dated Oct. 28, 1985, in which Lockwood states that he is writing a biography of Dugald C. McNab
9. Photocopy of a letter by author Glenn Lockwood of Ottawa to Edna Carey of the Arnprior and District Historical Society, dated June 16, 1987, in which he again states that he is working on a biography of Dugald C. McNab.
10. Handwritten note by unknown, re Dugald C. McNab, quoting an editorial obituary from the Renfrew Mercury, Jan. 17, 1873. Dugald C. McNab died (in January) 1873 from “congestion of the lungs”.
11. Handwritten note by Jim Cherry of unknown date, re Dugald C. McNab’s son Colin C. McNab. In 1923, Thomas H. Johnston purchased the home of Colin C. McNab in Braeside which today is Audrey’s Boutique (Audrey Leitch). Also mentioned: Robert A. Carswell of Glasgow. Colin C. McNab taught telegraphy classes at his home and worked for the C.P.R.
12. Copy of letter by Peter Hessel to Andrew McNab in Saginaw. MI, dated April 10, 1987 asking for family information re Dugald C. McNab. Handwritten notes attached.
13. Three-page typewritten letter from Andrew R. McNab in Saginaw, MI, dated April 18, 1987, in reply to Peter Hessel’s letter of April 10, 1987 confirming that Dugald C. McNab was NOT the son of Duncan McNab (Isla). Attached are some handwritten notes by Janet Carmichael, on which Peter Hessel’s letter was based.
14. Two-page handwritten notes by Peter Hessel (1987) regarding a letter to the editor of the Bathurst Courier by “Monitor”, dated June 10, 1847, published on June 15, 1847, regarding Dugald C. McNab, who is called “notorious swindler and rogue . . . tricked employers . . . diddled £25 out of the Tories . . .”, and other derogatory remarks. Also: “. . . Dugald C. McNab, late editor of the Prince Edward Gazette is now in Montreal jail for forgery . . .”
15. Clipping from Chronicle-Guide of July 1988, article Wade Raley: “Local author needs info”. Peter Hessel was seeking more information about Dugald C. McNab, specifically also about the “Annals of Trumpington”, or “Struggletown Annals”.
16. Photocopy of an article by Harry J. Walker (no date, in the Ottawa Journal), entitled “Arnprior Hoax Brings Jitters to Ottawa and Washington”. With cartoon. Regarding a prank played by Dugald C. McNab in 1865 (just after the American Civil War). He started a rumour that Indians from the Upper Ottawa were planning a raid on New York State. Dugald C. was dismissed as principal of the Arnprior Grammar School for “severely birching” the son of The Rev. Otis Hackett. McNab wrote to someone in Washington that Hackett was organizing an Indian raid! A confidential agent was sent to Arnprior from Washington to investigate. Also, Canadian troops were called out in Perth. Reference to an article in the Ottawa Daily Union of April 14, 1865 (editorial) which stated that McNab was in jail in Perth for stealing firewood meant for the school (later acquitted).
17. Printed copy of the obituary for Dugald C. McNab which was published in the Perth Courier 1873-01-17. It was presumably written by George Walker, proprietor of the newspaper at that time and former employer of McNab who was the correspondant for the "Upper Ottawa Country".
See also file ”Trumpington, Annals of” (by Dugald C. McNab).
See also red subject file in Reading Room for Dugald C. McNab.
1. Clipping of an article entitled “Ernie Wolff receives honour”, by Leo Lavoie, Chronicle-Guide, August 21, 1985, with photo. Ernie Wolff (Ernest B. Wolff), 85 years old, received a local award for his work on the Arnprior and District Historical Society, of which he was president for a number of years. He was born in Admaston Twp. in 1899, son of Carl Wolff (an immigrant from Germany). His mother moved to Arnprior with her family in 1905, following Carl’s death. Ernie was educated in Arnprior and worked in McLachlin’s lumber mills. Later, he worked extensively as a house painter and decorator. He was an ardent reader and very interested in history. He was also a member of several Arnprior town bands. His wife was Olive nee Stein. Their son is Carl Wolff, associate professor of history at Brock University.
2. Clipping of an article entitled “Carl Wolff remembers his life in town as a young boy”, by Travis MacLeod, in the Chronicle (February or March 1997). Photo: in wheelchair with a broken leg). Carl Wolff is the son of Ernie Wolff (see item 1). He was speaking at the Canadian Legion hall about his Arnprior memories.
3. Clipping of advertisement for an auction sale held in Arnprior in 1989, at which the household goods and collections of Ernie Wolff (see 1) were sold.
File contains copies of documents pertaining to the incorporation of Arnprior as a town effective Jan. 2, 1893. Also program for the celebration of the 100th anniversary in 1993, written by Peter Hessel for the Historical Society.
1. Photocopies of 2 photos of the sawmill rebuilt after a fire had destroyed the second mill in 1931 (photos taken in 1959). The originals are owned by Mrs. I. Cunningham, who lives opposite the site on Waba Creek. The first mill built in 1840 was destroyed by fire in 1912.
2. Photocopies of pages 177-178 and 208, “McNab — The Township” regarding the Paris mills . The photo is of the second mill (destroyed in 1931). John Paris, James Paris, Colin Deacon, Jack Campbell, Boyd Campbell.
3. Black and white photo of the sawmill on the White Lake Road, north of White Lake Village, on Waba Creek, in the 1920s. The first mill on this site was the grist mill of John Paris (1840), who later also built a sawmill. His son James inherited the sawmill (the grist mill was destroyed by fire in 1912). The sawmill was later operated by Colin Deacon and Jack Campbell. It was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire on July 31, 1931. It was rebuilt, but eventually demolished. The same photo was used as an illustration in the book, “McNab — The Township” (Plate 62). This (colour) photo was taken by Peter Hessel of an original old photo.
4. Photocopy of article in “White Lake — The Later Years” by Peter Deacon, “The Deacon Family, with photo of the Headrick family c, 1875 and the Campbell and Deacin sawmill and grist mill. George Deacon, Marry Deacon nee Griffith. Colin Deacon, son of George, married Jane Headrick in 1896. Colin Deacon purchased a grist mill from John Paris and was co-owner of the sawmill with Jack Campbell. Colin Deacon was killed by a truck in 1950 at the age of 85. Memories of fishing at White Lake.
5. Four colour photos (3 in duplicate) by Peter Hessel (about 1999) of the property near where the Paris Mill stood on Waba Creek, White Lake.
6. Original postcard-sized black and white photo of the sawmill as in No. 3. Donated by Edith Morphy.
7. Print out from Arnprior Chronicle August 16 1934 page 3 "Merchants in 1850" shows Paris, John, miller, merchant, carder and lumber, White Lake. Other merchants from Burnstown mentioned are George Rochester and firm of Morris and Martin.
1. Photocopies of articles in The Examiner, about Archibald McNab, dated November 18, 1840. The Examiner was a Toronto weekly edited by Francis (later Sir Francis) Hincks, a young Irish immigrant and reformer. [Hincks later became a prominent politician.] Dugald C. McNab and others from McNab Township had written to the Examiner about the settlers’ grievances against the Laird of McNab, and Hincks investigated the history of the Laird’s power position, exposing it in this article.
2. Photocopy of pages 61, 62 of “McNab — The Township”, pertaining to the Examiner and the Hincks Libel Trial.
See also file “Hincks, Sir Francis” in Peter Hessel Fonds.
1. Copy of 4-page printout of paper by the Arnprior and District Historical Society, written by various members including Miriam McCreary, Kay Rogers and Peter Hessel in late 1990 and presented to the Town of Arnprior in February 1991, entitled “The Grove: a brief outline of its history.
2. 3-page printout of paper written by Peter Hessel [based on 1991 paper] in September 1993 and presented as a submission to the Town of Arnprior by the Arnprior and District Historical Society in support of preserving The Grove.
3. Clipping of letter to the editor (Chronicle? date?) by Douglas L. Scheels entitled “Grove meeting offers chance to air opinions”. Re meeting on Sep. 15 at Civic Centre.
4. Clipping of letters to the editor (News? date?) by Gerard W. Kellen, Douglas L. Scheels, Ginny Mitchell and Margot Haug re Grove issue and forthcoming meeting on Sep. 15, 1993.
5. Clipping of article from Arnprior News of Dec. 12, 1993, p. 1, entitled “Grove approved for historic site”, by Carl Clutchey. Key terms: Land Preservation Society of the Ottawa Valley (formerly the Save the Grove Committee). Oblates, Oblate Fathers. Doug Reynolds. Mayor Pat Robinson. Peter Vice, lawyer for Oblates.
6. Clipping of article from Arnprior Chronicle-Guide (date not recorded) by Rita Racicot, entitled “The Grove: Controversial development up for debate tonight. English Oblates of Eastern Ontario. Bill Kauffeldt.
7. Clipping of article from Arnprior News of Sep. 19, 1993, p. 1, entitled “Audience denounces Grove plan”, by Carl Clutchey. Gerard Kellen, Bill Kauffeldt, Michael Runtz, Don Johnston, Scott Rollins.
8. Clipping of article from Arnprior Chronicle-Guide of December [date?] 1993, p. 1 and continued , entitled “Public message clear: Scrap development for Gillies Grove”, by Rita Racicot. Doug Reynolds, Bill Kauffeldt, Gerard Kellen, Russ Corbett, Mike Runtz, Daphne Wretcham (planner), Peter Vice (lawyer), Mark Willmer, Nancy Black, Kevin MacDonald,
9. Clipping of article from Ottawa Citizen, by Karen Turner (approx. December 1990), entitled “Forestry expert warns against Arnprior project”.
10. Clipping of article from Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, by Marianne Legris, dated December 1990, entitled “Foresters want Gillies Grove preserved as parkland”. Algonquin Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (C.I.F.) Jayne Gillies. D.A. Gillies, Jessie Gillies.
11. Clipping of article from Ottawa Citizen, by Citizen Correspondent (approx. December 1990), entitled “Forestry official urges Oblates to save pines at Arnprior”.
12. Clipping of letters to the editor (paper? date?) by Frank Foley, Vic Runtz (of Winsloe, P.E.I.) and The Corbett Family.
13. Clipping of letter to the editor in Arnprior Chronicle Guide, Nov. 28, 1990, by David Lewis Stein (Toronto) and letter to the Town Clerk Gary Buffam by Jeff Monty.
14. Pages 581 - 615 of Vol. 2 Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada Agenda Papers, Montreal, Quebec, June 9 - 11, 1993 as well as other documentation related to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board.
15. Photocopy of a plan of proposed development, Sep. 1993/Oct. 1994.
16. Clipping of newspaper article in Ottawa Citizen, April 22, 1998, C3, by Kelly Egan, entitled “Walking through history”. Photos of Michael Runtz, Anita Hamilton, Caroline Schultz. BASF donation. Nature Conservancy of Canada. David Gillies.
17. Pamphlet entitled “Gillies Grove, 10,000 years in the making, ours now for the saving”. Promotional publication by the Land Preservation Society of the Ottawa Valley, 1998. The picture on the cover is a copy of an oil painting by Ottawa Valley artist Tim Yearington [the original painting is owned by Peter Hessel].
18. Letter to Peter Hessel from Parks Canada (John Grenville), dated July 12, 1999 with copies of several documents pertaining to the designation of the Grove and Gillies House as a National Historic Site.
19. Clipping of newspaper article in Ottawa Citizen, August 4, 1999, by Kelly Egan, “Natural Resources gives $100,000 to save Gillies Grove”.
20. Clipping of Newspaper article in Ottawa Citizen, January 23, 2000, section C9, by Barbara Sibbald, “Saving Gillies Grove”.
21. Clipping of Letter to the Editor (Chronicle, date?) by Margot Haug, “Use Grove to attract tourists”.
22. Photocopy of clipping from Chronicle, Jan. 10, 1946, “Oblate Fathers Buy Arnprior Estate For $25,000 to Serve as Novitiate”. Purchase of the old McLachlin estate most recently owned by Col. Fraser Hadley of Ottawa and Hull, by the English Oblates of Mary Immaculate. “The Hill”, purchased from the McLachlins by the late R.M. Gemmil of Ottawa and later sold to Col. Fraser Hadley by Mrs. Gemmil who moved to Ottawa. The Holy Rosary Novitiate, at present located at the scholasticate on the Montreal Road, 8 miles east of Ottawa, will be moved to Arnprior (in 1946). Father Birch. Rev. L. Keighley.
23. Photocopy of article (paper? date?), “Destination Arnprior prepares to put out welcoming mat”. Regional tourism group. Wade Raley designed the logo. This actually has nothing to do with the Grove.
24. Five pages of “overheads” re Gillies Grove & House National Historic Site (June 22, 1999). Handed out at an orientation meeting at BASF.
25. Photocopy of a letter from Debbie Paine, Director Communications, Canadian Heritage, to H.E. Langer of Ottawa, re Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada’s designation of Gillies Grove and House.
26. Correspondence of Land Preservation Society of the Ottawa Valley re Grove, dated 1992.
1. See also file: “McLachlin history” in Peter Hessel Fonds.
2. Key terms: Arnprior Grove, Gillies Grove, Save the Grove Committee.
1. Photocopy of picture in a publication (?), caption: Beautiful Residence of R. M. Simpson, overlooking Town Park and Ottawa River. Photo taken about 1946. Reference to 93-0005, Arnprior & District Archives.
2. Photocopy of picture (by Newton for the Ottawa Citizen; reproduced in the Chronicle) and caption, March 1955. Caption refers to Mayor R.M. Simpson and 51 other people from Arnprior in front of a Colonial Airlines plane at Uplands Airport in Ottawa before departure for New York. Reference to a heading, Arnprior “Scotsmen” on Goodwill Trip to New York (to “sell” Arnprior to US investors or business firms). Mayor Simpson is 8th from the left in the front row.
3. Genealogical notes about R. J. Simpson (handwritten, author unknown).
4. 8 x 10 B&W photograph of Mayor Robert Simpson shaking hands with unidentified man (possibly the Mayor of North Bay). Photographer's stamp on back reads Railton Studio of Photography, 141 Main St. West, North Bay Ontario. (Donated by Sandra Fletcher in 2012. Accession 2012-0286)
5. Newspaper clipping from Arnprior paper (unidentified) showing family of Mayor R. J. Simpson circa 1953.
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.
File contains photocopies (from the National Archives) of some of the Laird’s reports to the Government of Upper Canada, and letters from the government to him. All copies are identified by their National Archives numbers. Two reports have been transcribed. Key terms: Daniel Ross (March 13, 1827, June 4, 1830); Major Hillier (recipient of letter dated April 22, 1827). Clergy reserve, lists of settlers, population of township, assessment rolls.
File contains a photocopy of a biographic entry in vol. VIII of the Dictionary of Canadian Biographies (1851-1860), pertaining to The Reverend William Bell (1780-1857), a Presbyterian minister in Perth. The file also contains an excerpt from McNab — The Township, pertaining to The Reverend Bell’s visit in McNab Township [ref.: Bell Papers, identified in the bibliography of the book].
Alexander Henderson was born in Alloa, Scotland, in 1800. He came to Canada in 1849, first to Fitzroy Harbour, where he farmed.
Scope and Content
File consists of a photocopy of a newspaper clipping from the Clackmannshire Advertiser in Alloa, Scotland, in the possession of Brian Bean, owner of the Pakenham General Store. In a letter to a friend, Rev. Henderson wrote: “a few years ago I formed a congregation in the then hamlet of Arnprior. That village is rising rapidly into a large town, and the congregation is now building a handsome church. In Parkenham [sic — Pakenham], I built up a congregation, and procured the erection of a nice place of worship. In Torbolton ... third congregation.” Attached to the copy is a copy of pages 159 and 160, McNab — The Township, indicating that The Reverend Henderson must have been involved with one of the groups mentioned there.
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).