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. 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.
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 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 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. 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).
This file pertains to some illustrations for the book, McNab — The Township.
1. Handwritten notes by Kirstin Jeffrey about 3 illustrations in HALR = Historical Atlas of Lanark & Renfrew Counties, orig. published in 1881: Arnprior Butter Tub Factory; Arnprior Marble Works; McLachlin Brothers grist and a saw mills. Not used for the book.
2. Handwritten notes by Kirstin Jeffrey about 2 illustrations borrowed from Janet Carmichael: Amos Burton in uniform (this is in the McNab book) and Barn raising. Neil Robertson’s farm (also in the book, on the back cover). There is a photocopy of this latter photo in this file (photo dated Jan. 15, 1910, by Arnprior Art Studio.)
3. Photocopy of a photo taken on June 15, 1910 of a barn raising on the farm of Neil Robertson, “The Retreat”. This photo is on the cover and following page 184 (Plate 70) of “McNab - The Township”. The original was in the (Janet) Carmichael Papers.
See also file ”McNab — Portraits of the Laird”
See also file “McNab — The Township” (book) which includes all the illustrations (plates) from the book.
The book, “McNab — The Township” by Peter Hessel, was published in 1988. A copy of the book is on the reference shelves in the Archives. A complete electronic copy is in the file “McNab — The Township”. In 2003, Peter completed an addendum and errata sheet which is available from him.
Scope and Content
The file consists of:
1. Preliminary estimate for two options including the writing of a book, by Peter Hessel, submitted to the Township (1986).
2. Three-page project outline and preliminary budget for the book, accompanying the above preliminary estimate, by Peter Hessel (1986).
3. Photocopy of estimate by H. Brittle Printing, dated September 5, 1986, for the printing of various quantities, etc.
4. Photocopy of letter by the Township to Peter Hessel, dated September 18, 1986, with commitment to spend $6000 providing a matching Wintario grant is received from the Province. Signed by Murray Yantha.
5. Photocopy of estimate by Prior Graphics, dated September 23, 1986, for the printing of various quantities, etc.
6. Photocopy of estimate by Renfrew Printing, dated Oct. 21, 1986, for the printing of various quantities, etc.
7. Letter from the Ontario Ministry to Peter Hessel, dated December 2, 1986, acknowledging the application.
8. Photocopy of form dated Oct. 22, 1986 (matching share / Wintario program grant).
9. Photocopy of letter by Ministry to McNab Heritage and Museum Committee, dated January 23, 1987, re approval of the application. Forms and conditions attached.
10. Clipping (1986) of short article by Judy Bedore Hulan, “Book may be written on history of township”.
11. Clipping (1986) of article by David Crompton, Arnprior Chronicle, entitled “From the editor’s notebook”, re the book project. Reference to Peter Hessel’s column in the Chronicle-Guide.
12. Clipping of article in Chronicle of Oct. 28, 1987, “Hessel compiling history of McNab”. It concerns progress on the book at that time.
13. Letter from Township to Peter Hessel, dated May 20, 1988, regarding increase in number of pages.
14. Copy of invoice by William C. Mitchell (Bill Mitchell of Waba) dated November 18, 1988, to McNab Museum and Heritage Committee, in the amount of $750 for lay-out, pagination, formatting, etc.
15. Artwork for the entire book as produced by Brittle Printing. These are the pages from which the book was printed. They include all the photographs used in the book. Key terms: manuscript, art work, photos.
16. Clipping of article by Chris Gallon, Chronicle Guide, of June 27, 1990, “McNab historian recalls two historic events”: 170th anniversary of the arrival of the “M.S. Niagara Settlers” (June 23, 1825) and 150th anniversary of the crucial township meeting of June 3, 1840 on Allan Stewart’s farm.
1. Photocopy of a book by Roland Wild, entitled “MacNab, the Last Laird”, published by Macmillan in England in 1938. The following comments are by Peter Hessel in “McNab — The Township”, which also contains many other references to Wild’s book:
“Presented as a factual account, not as historical fiction, this book nevertheless is full of unsubstantiated, anecdotal material which does not stand up to scrutiny. For unknown reasons, its author took it upon himself to blend fact and fiction liberally. While the book contains a brief, inconclusive bibliography consisting of seven book titles, the names of two periodicals, and one pamphlet, none of these are referred to in the text. On the other hand, lengthy direct quotes from KELTIE (1885) are not identified as such. In his preface, the author said that the subject of his book was suggested "by a newspaper paragraph from Ottawa" and that he had the "cooperation of many members of the Clan in England, Scotland and Canada, chief among them should be mentioned Mr. Iain Macnab". He also gave credit in a general way to "Kingston University, Ontario" (sic) and Queen's University, Toronto" (sic), "the Public Archives Department of Ottawa" (sic), "J.J. Walker of the Ottawa Journal" (sic), Chamber's Journal, the Hamilton Spectator, and to a number of individuals. The errors in the preface are indicative of the many serious errors and flaws throughout the book. Because of its pretense as a serious study, the book has been widely quoted and must be held responsible for some of the misconceptions about Archibald McNab and his turbulent life in Canada. Because of the numerous examples of identifiable misinformation, all statements by WILD that cannot be checked against other sources become suspect. As one contemporary reviewer remarked, "(the book) hovers between anecdote and exposition, argument and commemoration, and on the whole is amateurish. The index is not to be trusted, nor is the bibliography apparently, since no one can find out from it where Mr. Wild found his numerous quotations from Dugald McNab, the Laird's right-hand man" (JACK, 1938).”
The reviewer quoted in the last sentence above was Peter Monro Jack, whose book review was published in the New York Times Book Review on June 5, 1938.
See also: pages 81-82, 84, 290, 314 in McNab — The Township.
A bound copy of Wild’s book is on our reference shelves in Reading Room.
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. Handwritten letter by Janet Carmichael, dated Oct. 4, 1987, to Peter Hessel. Re: christening of Archibald McNab, son of Allan McNab and Rebecca nee Buffam, b. Sep. 5, 1852. Source of her information: W.E. Buffam of Carleton Place (related to Rebecca Buffam). Archibald McNab probably died as a child (see copy from McNab — The Township).
2. Photocopies from “McNab — The Township” re Allan McNab and his children.
1. Photocopy and transcript (by Peter Hessel) of Document MS-39-1-5#15, Heritage Renfrew Archives: letter by Duncan McNab of Callender, Scotland, to his brother Angus McNab, Concession 2, Lot 22, McNab, dated May 20, 1835. An Angus McNab operated a distillery in Arnprior in 1836, according to the Allan Report. Catherine Fisher, McNab’s housekeeper.
2. Handwritten note by Peter Hessel re information in MS 39-1-5, Heritage Renfrew Archives. Letter by Chief McNab to Angus McNab” list of those who paid their subscriptions . . . “I have given them the receipts”. Lot 22, Concession 2.
3. Handwritten note by Peter Hessel re information in MS 39-1-5 # 15, Heritage Renfrew Archives. Letter by Duncan McNab (No. 1).
4. Photocopy from “McConnells”, 1985. See “McConnell Ancestry” file. Names: Albert Edward McConnell, Annie Florence McNab, Duncan McNab (Paisley). Archibald McNab, married to Laura Elizabeth Hawley. Donald McNab, Helen McNab of Ottawa.
5. Photocopies of an article (reprinted from the Toronto Empire, Nov. 23, 1889), entitled “Dr. James Macnab”, a physician. Reference to Sir Allan MacNab and to Archibald.
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.
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).
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.
See also our “Photo Collection of buildings in Arnprior and area, Accession # 1998-0094
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
Numbers 8 - 11 These programs contain interesting local ads. Key terms: Agricultural fairs, country fairs, Arnprior Agricultural Society, farming. Pfizer (early ad for Terramycin).
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.
See also file “Geographical Names” in Peter Hessel collection which contains interesting photocopies in the folder prepared by Alan Rayburn.