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Peter Hessel collection
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1. Clipping from Ottawa Citizen, Sep. 8, 1996, of article, “Dogs, cats lived in filth with family” about a situation where 3 people (2 brothers and their sister) lived on Scheel Drive with 54 dogs and 4 cats in conditions condemned by public health and animal authorities. Animal control. Dogs and cats. Health. Humane Society.
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1. Information about the origin and meaning of the town crest.
Key terms: Patricia Robinson, “Fortis et Fidus” (Strong and True). Bylaw No. 327 (1907). Mayor Bob Simpson. Mayor W.M. Howe, McLachlin Family Coat of Arms.
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Arnprior — town hall and town councils

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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.
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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.
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This file consists of:
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.
Related Material
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Notes
See also files: “Nettle, S. A., Commander”; “Yuill Family History”; “Waba Cottage Museum”, “McNab, Allan (Laird’s Son)”.
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Stewart, Alexander (of Beckwith, founder of Waba)

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Alexander Stewart emigrated to Canada in 1818 from the tiny village of Balintockach near Borenich, in the Loch Tummel area, Perthshire, Scotland. He came to Canada together with his brother John Stewart, who settled and farmed at Robertson’s Corners. Alexander settled at Black’s Corners (Beckwith Township), where he farmed and operated a general store. The large stone house, log barns and dry stone dykes [fences] are still standing, east of Highway 15.
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File consists of:
1. Transcription by Peter Hessel of 2 documents (the original contained in the Stewart Famco fonds 1999-0107-4-3 Box I5.1): of a promissory note by Alexander Stewart to his grandmother, Mrs. Kennedy widowed Stewart, of Woodend Cottage, Strathtummel, Scotland: balance: £4.11.7, for passage to “America”; and of a paper with family dates. Possibly in Alexander or John Stewart’s handwriting.
2. Yellow paper note with the name and phone number of Alexina Dakers, who in 2001 was the owner/occupant of the house built by Alexander Stewart at Black’s Corners. [Alexina Dakers died - in 2003?].
3. Photocopies of some pages from the book “Beckwith” by Glenn J. Lockwood (published in 1991). References to Alexander Stewart. Photos of Alexander Stewart’s house and farm buildings in Black’s Corners.
4. Enlarged photocopy of a photo of the Stewart house, from the above book.
5. 3 pages of notes and transcripts by Peter Hessel including excerpts of a land grant recorded Mar. 20, 1848 (Waba). DES - Duncan E. Stewart. Croftcarnach, Balintockach, Uchdnaneitag, Borenich, Balquidder ... (ancestral place names in Scotland). Letter by Bruce Cairnie who did some genealogical research for DES. Transcript of some family-related letters.
6. Transcript (by Peter Hessel) of a letter by Alexander Stewart (of Beckwith) to his sons Robert and John [and “Neel Stewart seven Line” ?] dated at Beckwith, Oct. 10, 1884. Original in Stewart Famco or D.E. Stewart collection?
7. Leather-bound diary of 1867. Entries are by John Stewart and his father Alexander.
The first page has 1867 stroked out and replaced by 1869. The last entry (under Bills Payable) is July 1, 1875. Under “Cash Accounts”: Jan. 1873: Gold $50, Grey Backs $5, Bills $3.75 + 4.30. Partly, the diary was used more as a notebook. June 3, 4, 1867: Repairing water wheel.
April 16, 1867: “At McNab today and felt the day long.”
May 24, 1867: “Went to Brockville today with Margaret on a pleasure trip mixed with business. Enjoyed the drive well.”
July 1, 1867: [Dominion Day] “Spent at Ottawa, saw many old friends and rejoiced in their company. Oh that new life may this day be given me that with the growth of the new Dominion I may grow in all virtues, deeds and honourable conduct.”
Sep. 18, 1867: “Attended Poll today and recorded my vote for Mr. McDougall. What low motives lead some electors to cast their votes at the poll.”
8. Letter by Marilyn Stewart of Napanee, Ontario, to Peter Hessel, dated October 11, 2004, re Stewart connections.
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This file consists of twelve-page supplement of the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide, 1995, celebrating the order’s 75th anniversary in Arnprior.
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File consists of the following list of schools:
Arnprior and District High School (ADHS)
Arnprior Public Schools [became McNab S.S. No. 16 when the old No. 6 was absorbed by Arnprior, but S.S. 16 never had a school (See file: Arnprior Public Schools).
Arnprior Separate School (Albert Street)
Braeside School (McNab S.S. No. 14, absorbed by Braeside in 1921)
Burnstown School (McNab School Section No. 2)
Canaan School (McNab S.S. No. 10, closed in the 1940s)
Clay Bank School (McNab S.S. No. 8)
Clay Valley School — see German Settlement School
Dewar Settlement School [McNab School Section No. 7)
Flat Rapids School [McNab School Section No. 5)
German Settlement School (McNab School Section No. 15)
Glasgow School (McNab School Section No. 13)
Goshen School (McNab School Section No. 3)
Lochwinnoch School (McNab School Section No. 4, Horton No. 10)
McNab Public School (after 1967)
Model School (McNab Township)
Pine Grove School (McNab School Section No. 9)
Sand Point School (McNab S.S. No. 12)
Stewartville School (McNab School Section No. 5)
Waba School (McNab School Section No. 11, Pakenham No. 3)
White Lake School (McNab School Section No. 1)
Notes
See files for individual schools in Peter Hessel Fonds
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The “Annals of Trumpington” was a fictional, satirical story written and published anonymously by Dugald C. McNab. Anecdotal evidence suggests that “Trumpington” was a fictionalized version of either Renfrew (County) or perhaps Perth, Ontario. It may have been published in serial form in a newspaper (possibly the Perth or Bathurst Courier?). No printed copy has ever come to light.
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This file consists of:
1. Photocopy of a letter by Hugh MacMillan (of the Ontario Archives) to Ottawa Mayor Charlotte Whitton, dated Feb. 3, 1966. In this letter, the “Annals” are not mentioned separately.
2. Photocopy of letter by Hugh MacMillan (of the Ontario Archives) to Charlotte Whitton, dated December 9, 1971, in which the “Annals of Trumpington” [by Dugald C. McNab] are mentioned.
3. Photocopy of letter by Charlotte Whitton to Hugh MacMillan, dated August 3, 1972 in reply to the above letter, in which she says that she has a “loaned” typescript of the “Annals of Trumpington” [by Dugald C. McNab], but will not part with it or allow the reproduction.
4. Photocopy of handwritten letter by Jack Brown of Mallorytown, Ont. to Hugh MacMillan (of the Ontario Archives), dated January 24, 1975, referring to Hugh’s publication in “Canadian Notes...”, regarding the “Annals of Trumpington”. Brown did not have a copy.
5. Photocopy of letter by Hugh MacMillan to Jack Brown of Mallorytown, dated March 25, 1975. in reply to the above letter. Still, the “Annals” were not “found”, but MacMillan was hoping they would show up at Queen’s University, in Charlotte Whitton’s papers. Also mentioned: Radenhurst papers.
6. Photocopy of letter by Ian E. Wilson, Archivist, Queen’s University, to Hugh MacMillan (of the Ontario Archives) dated April 25, 1975, in reply to MacMillan’s letter to Jack Brown, re the Charlotte Whitton papers and the “Annals” or “Chronicles of McNab”. Note: Missing as of May 2008
7. Handwritten note by Peter Hessel re Thomas Radenhurst.
8. Photocopy from Ian Wilson, Queen’s University and City of Kingston Archivist, to Hugh MaacMillan, dated April 25, 1975. At the time, the “Annals” had not yet been identified among Charlotte Whitton’s papers.
9. Photocopy of an article by Mrs. J.L. McDugall entitled “Renfrew in the Early Days” published in “Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa”, Transactions vol. 1 (1901). On page 56, the author writes: “No history, however short, is complete without an account of the literature of the period. Probably the most important effort made in this county was the ‘Annals of Trumpington’, a clever parody on Samuel Warren’s “Ten Thousand a Year”. In it every prominent man in Renfrew and Lanark was written about and generally ridiculed. Instead of praise, the clever author was taken up for libel — the very first libel suit in the county. This seems rather a barbarous way to treat budding genius ...” [see Item 10].
10. Photocopy of a handwritten note by Peter Hessel regarding Samuel Warren’s “Ten Thousand a Year” (see Item 9).
11. Photocopies of pages 316-317 of McNab — The Township”, re the “Annals”.
12. 40-page typescript of “The Annals of Trumpington by Professor Nelson Dumbedykes, Castigator General”. “Published in Boston by Fitzgammon & Son, 1854”. The last page consists of “advertisements”. Since the first of these ads refers to Renfrew County, it is perhaps more likely that the fictional persons and events are based on Renfrew County rather than Perth. On page 3, the author says that Trumpington is in Nova Scotia, although Dugald C. McNab seems to have had no connection to that province.
13. Red booklet entitled “Perth Rerumoured or The Annals of T ... Revisited”, a Souvenir from Perth, Ontario, 1991, with “introduction and warning” by Duncan Meikle. Published by the Bookworm, Perth, 1991. The introduction provides some interesting background to this mysterious piece of writing. The rest of the booklet is a reprint of the text of “The Annals of Trumpington”. Purchased from the Bookworm bookstore in Perth by Peter Hessel and donated to the Archives.
Notes
See also file: “McNab, Dugald C.”
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Stewart, John, of Waba (Reeve of McNab Township)

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John Stewart was the father of Duncan Gordon Stewart, grandfather of Duncan Edward Stewart.
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File consists of:
1. Colour photo taken by Peter Hessel of a photo in a book, of John Stewart, Reeve of McNab Township and Warden of Renfrew County, brother of Donald Stewart, grandfather of Duncan E. Stewart of Waba.
2. Photocopy of a photograph taken approx. 1900-1905 at the Stewart house in Waba (then the home of John Stewart, born Dec. 21, 1841). Back row, left to right:
James Donald (or Donald James) Stewart, called Jim Stewart, born Nov. 5, 1877, died April 22, 1949(?), remained a bachelor, lived away from home, sometimes in Montreal. Occupation? Possibly worked as a butler or man servant.
Duncan Gordon Stewart, born June 28, 1875, died Oct. 3, 1954, father of Duncan E. Stewart, operated Stewart Brothers business together with his brother Alexander. See file, “Stewart, Duncan Gordon”.
Alexander Newton Stewart (born August 26, 1873, died Sep. 3, 1934), oldest son of John Stewart of Waba. See file: “Stewart, Alex (Waba)”. Remained a bachelor, operated Stewart Brothers business together with brother Duncan G.
John Robertson Stewart, born Dec. 19, 1879, died May 25, 1947, became a medical doctor (Cobden, Toronto). See file “Stewart, John Robertson”.
Andrew Mowat Stewart, born Dec. 16, 1885, died Aug. 12, 1971, twin brother of William, father of Morris Stewart of Waba. Called “Uncle Andy” by the family.
Front row, left to right:
William Gladstone Stewart, born Dec. 16, 1885, died January 1953, twin brother of Andrew. Moved to Trois Rivières, father of Doug Stewart.
John Stewart, born Dec. 21, 1841, died Aug. 27, 1925. Grandfather of Duncan E. Stewart (Waba). Operated the Stewart business in Waba. Son of Alexander Stewart of Borenich, Scotland / Beckwith Township. See file “Stewart, John (Reeve)”.
Elizabeth (Lil) Douglas Stewart, born Dec. 31, 1881, died June 1959, married the Rev. George Brown. They lived in Kingston.
Margaret Stewart nee Robertson, born at Robertson’s Corners on Jan. 3, 1853, died Feb. 13, 1920, wife of John Stewart, grandmother of Duncan E. Stewart of Waba.
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Printed brochures and some copies of Arnprior ads.
Key words: Museum, house tour, Salute to the Valley, Royal Tour, Royal Oak, Two Rivers Artists Studio Tour, Downtown Arnprior, B.I.A., industry, industries, industrial development, program for ceremonies at Mayor Tom Sullivan’s retirement party in 1989. Trish Dyer. Bonnie Jane’s Scones, Arnprior Book Shop; Arnprior Bookshop, Arnprior: Souvenir Book and Historical Sketch, 1831-1909, a certificate entitling bearer to one cubic centimeter of property on the historic island at the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers; advertising feature on Arnprior published in Nepean This Week, Vol. 2, No. 31, pages 16 to 20, August 6, 1999.
1. Booklet produced by the Town of Arnprior (in 1946), with newspaper clippings pasted over some of the text by an unknown collector of clippings. On the cover: town hall, 1940. Population: 4300. Water conditions. Arnprior Hydro. Municipal Council 1946 (Mayor A,A. McLean). “Arnprior - The Heart of the Ottawa Valley”, Rev. J.T. Warnock [Dean Warnock], Sullivan & Son, David Craig & Son, telephone, McCord’s Drug Store, Alex Menzies, T.T. Barnes, Kenwood Mills, Buchanan Brothers (article by Harry Walker), Canadian Public Booth Co. Ltd., AS.F. Campbell & Son, Cold Storage Plant, Boat Building Plant (Ayling & Ramage), newspapers, airport, fire brigade, John Street looking north (N of Madawaska), Separate School, Public School, Sacred Heart Convent was home built by Claude McLachlin about 1880, then John Burwash, Lindsay Russell, Eric McLachlin, Charles E. Read: sold to St. John Chrysostom. Sanitaris Building (Kenwood). High School. Stafford R. Rudd, Parental Association, street names, Wagenblass, Stan Slater’s Bread and Pastry, R.M. Simpson residence, Francis B. Murphy, editor of Arnprior Guide, Golf, Beattie’s Service Station and Lunch Room in the old grist mill (built by Daniel McLachlin), Neil Campbell Insurance, Malloch’s Tourist Home, Canadian Tire (Elgin Street), Caruso’s grocery, Donoghue Motors, Scholl’s, Newbyrne Hotel, Central Hotel, Yacht Club, beaver colony, Sand Point.
2. Brochure with ring-binder, blue cardboard cover, “The Town with a Future ... Arnprior, Ontario - Canada”. This 14-page brochure was produced by the Town of Arnprior at some time during or shortly after 1979, when George M. Johnson was mayor and Gary M. Buffam was Clerk. It was printed by Brittles. Some aerial views of the town. Climate chart, population chart with age distribution and ethnic origins, employment data, government facilities, trade unions, wage rates, manufacturing firms and their employee numbers, information about water, sewage, power, natural gas, education, new housing, churches, banks, hospital, cablevision, recreational facilities, transportation, municipal taxes, utilities, medical services, dental services, living environment, the 1979 municipal budget.
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1. Photocopy of pictures (from Saturday Globe, Oct. 1, 1892 - except “Lang Home” - source?) of the following buildings: Woollen Mill on Madawaska Street, Stafford’s sash, door and furniture factory and store, “Edgewood”: residence of Claude McLachlin), “The Hill”: residence of Daniel McLachlin, later of H.F. McLachlin, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (later Grace-St. Andrew’s United Church), Methodist Church and parsonage, “The Lang Home” on John Street North, (built for Hugh McLachlin for his mother in 1874.
2. Photocopy of pictures of “Edgewood”, “The Hill” and the “Lang Home” - same as above.
3. Hand-coloured print (ca. 1860s) of Stafford’s sash, door and furniture factory (just north of the present Arnprior Museum), and the residence of B.V. Stafford (building still standing in 2002, opposite the IGA store). Also a photocopy of this print and a copy of the photo of the Stafford factory as in item 1. The original hand-coloured print was purchased by Peter Hessel in Ottawa in 1992 for $25 and donated to the Archives.
4. Small letterhead with photo of “Post Office, Arnprior” in top left corner.
5. Event recorded: Chronicle of Aug. 17, 1944, p. 1 has an article about the Powell Block being sold, then known as “Russell Corner”.
6. Clipping from Chronicle, May 8, 2002: “Major expansion in the downtown” re start of construction of the $400,000 extension of the Gallery Gift Shop by the Pocket family on the southwest corner of John and Madawaska. Photo of (l. to r.) Tara Pocket-Jack, Margaret Pocket, Anthony Pocket. Attached: clipping of article about Tara Pocket, “Out of Africa”, by Julia Elliott (Citizen, Aug. or September 2003).
7. Eight colour photos by Peter Hessel of the building (see 6.) in various phases of construction in 2002.
8. Photo by Peter Hessel showing renovations to Arnprior Guardian Drugs building. Foreground: owner Peter Wilson. 2002.
9. Two colour photos by Peter Hessel of Kirkman House Bed and Breakfast, on John Street, Arnprior (2002).
10. Five colour photos taken by Peter Hessel in Arnprior in the late 1990s. Elgin Street (former Stafford building: see Item 2); Riley Monument Works on Daniel Street (just before demolition); Arnprior Mall.
11. Photocopy of Christmas card showing the house once situated on the east side of Daniel street at Madawaska. It was torn down in the 1970's. This house was built by McLachlin Bros. and used as an office at one time. It was laster the home of Augustine F. Long and Esther Kathleen Long (nee Hornidge). Esther Long was the Grand Aunt of Linda (McCabe) Chandler who donated the image (Linda's grandfather's sister). The original remains with donor. Photocopied page also contains extracts about the ownership of the lot taken from Arnprior Copy Book #1.
12. Original photograph of Moskos Variety Store circa 1957, located on North East corner of John and Elgin Streets. Donated by Irene Robillard in 2017 (belonged to Wayne Robillard).
Notes
Re Stafford R. Rudd: see also article in Chronicle, May 2, 1919, page 3 (N584, reel 2) about “first-class planing mill, sash and door factory” by Stafford R. Rudd & Co. See article in Chronicle, June 27, 1930 on the occupants of the new Barnes Block on the west side of John Street in Arnprior. Event recorded: see Watchman, June 1, 1917, page 5: article on the construction of the Moskos Sugar Bowl restaurant building.
Related Material
See also our “Photo Collection of buildings in Arnprior and area, Accession # 1998-0094
Accession No.
1994 0021
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Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
Description Level
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textual records
photographic
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Peter Hessel collection
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File
Scope and Content
1. Clipping of newspaper photo “Fair Days in Arnprior, 1920 (horses in front of J.H. McKerracher & Son, Horse Milliners).
2. Clipping, Chronicle, Aug. 6, 1975 of article “Arnprior’s 121st fair”.
See also file “Fairs of the Ottawa Valley” in PH Fonds.
3. Clipping from Chronicle-Guide, Aug. 7, 2002, of article by Scott Howard, “Arnprior Fair ready to roll” and by Peter DeWolf, “150th anniversary date of Arnprior Fair in serious doubt”.
4. Clipping from Arnprior News, Aug. 9, 2002, of article by Peter DeWolf, “Not 150 years old yet”.
5. Photocopy of article from Chronicle, 1923: “Three Prominent Arnprior Fair Officials” (Horace Russell, A.M. Storie, A.J. Charbonneau).
6. Program of the 2002 Fair (erroneously: “150th Anniversary”)
7. Photocopies of pages 189, 190 from McNab — The Township by Peter Hessel, re the Arnprior Fair and its predecessors (Balmer Island Fair, Stewartville Fair). McNab Agricultural Society, Arnprior Agricultural Society.
8. Program of the 1960 Arnprior Fair.
9. Program of the 1961 Arnprior Fair.
10. Program of the 1962 Arnprior Fair.
11. Program of the 1976 Arnprior Fair.
12. Colour photo taken by Peter Hessel (1990s?) of an old sign for the 1922 Arnprior Fair. [Location of sign?]
13. Program of the 2013 Arnprior Fair
Notes
Numbers 8 - 11 These programs contain interesting local ads. Key terms: Agricultural fairs, country fairs, Arnprior Agricultural Society, farming. Pfizer (early ad for Terramycin).
Accession No.
1994 0021
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Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
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File
Format
textual records
Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
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File
Scope and Content
File contains various material pertaining to the name of Arnprior (Scotland and Canada). Clipping and typescript of a letter to the editor by Peter Hessel (1995). The true meaning of Arnprior is “the arn of the priory”, i.e. an arn (or section of land) belonging to the 13th century Augustinian priory of Inchmahome [now ruined], which is situated on an island near the Lake of Menteith, SW of Callander, Scotland [see map]. The name does NOT mean “the priory on the river Arn”, as was mistakenly suggested by some Canadian writers, an error that is often repeated! Near the Priory is the present village of Arnprior.
Key terms: Name of Arnprior; Arnprior name; Arnprior, Scotland.
Notes
See also file “Geographical Names” in Peter Hessel collection which contains interesting photocopies in the folder prepared by Alan Rayburn.
Accession No.
1994 0021
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Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
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File
Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
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File
Scope and Content
Picture postcard of Arnprior, Scotland (sent in 1968 by Elizabeth Kelly of Almonte, Ont. to Miss M. Gaudette, Arnprior, Ontario).
Notes
See also file: “Arnprior — name” in Peter Hessel collection.
Accession No.
1994 0021
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Date
1900 - 1957
Collection/Fonds
Arnprior District Museum Collection
Description Level
File
Physical Description
3 B&W photographs; 10.5 x 15cm, 20 x 14cm, 25.5 x 20cm
Date
1900 - 1957
Format
photographic
Collection/Fonds
Arnprior District Museum Collection
Description Level
File
Physical Description
3 B&W photographs; 10.5 x 15cm, 20 x 14cm, 25.5 x 20cm
Scope and Content
File consists of 3 photographs:
1. large group of unidentified people taken in the 1950's.
2. Highway 17 (undated)
3. Willie & John Clarence — Irvine?, taken by photographer Lancefield Studio in Ottawa (late 19th century).
Notes
Originally accessioned as a separate collection. Should be part of Museum Collection.
Accession No.
1995-0049
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Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
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Format
textual records
Collection/Fonds
Peter Hessel collection
Description Level
File
Scope and Content
1. Photocopies of documents in the National Archives of Canada and a transcript (by Peter Hessel) of one document (R.G. 1, E3, Vol. 53, pp. 3-5). The “Articles of Agreement”, also called “bonds”, were drawn up in 1825 and later between Archibald McNab and his settlers. See explanation from “McNab — The Township”.
2. Photocopies and transcript of “bonds” signed by 8 settlers in Montreal who paid their own passage to Canada and who lived as “squatters” in McNab Township prior to June 1825. Also copies of “bonds” for settlers arriving in 1827.
3. Photocopy of a list of potential “McNab settlers” drawn up and signed by [Dr.] Francis B. Hamilton, Justice of the Peace in Perthshire, who was Archibald McNab’s cousin in Leny near Callander, Scotland. The document is NOT a bond, but is entitled “List of persons who have agreed to join McNab in Upper Canada, arranged according to families”. The persons whose name is underlined have “signed the agreement as heads of families ... bonding themselves ...” It was dated at Greenock, April 18, 1825.
4. Clan McNab Society Newsletter 1980. Item 9 "The Original Emigrants to McNab Township, Upper Canada - 1825, by Professor Garnet McDiarmid. Apparently, this paper was going to be published in the Ontario Provincial genealogical publication "Families" Vol. 21, No. 1 (1982). Paper contains original research by McDiarmid and examines Wild and Fraser's accounts of the terms of settlement of the McNab Township settlers.
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