In 1835, Archibald 13th Laird of McNab, had a small stone house erected on the shore of White Lake. Here he lived for a number of years with his common-law wife Catherine Fisher, their son Allan, and their daughter Kitty. The Laird returned to Britain in 1852; Catherine remained in the house until her death in the 1870's.
Later the house became the property of Mrs. Violet Box. It had fallen to disrepair, and efforts were made to have the historic building restored. However on April 12, 1936 the owners demolished it with a few sticks of dynamite. It remained in ruins until 1967.
The second grist mill to be built in Arnprior, this stone building was built by Daniel McLachlin around 1850 and it remained in the McLachlin Bros.' posession until 1935. Multiple millers operated the mill and in 1898 the company began to use it as a training headquarters for boy scouts as well as a boarding house. After 1935 it was used for multiple purposes, most notably as Baird's restaurant and coin wash, owned by Bill Baird. In 1975, it was sold to the Ontario Hydro company and unfortunately gutted by fire. Today, one of the original turbines stands as a reminder of its presence, along with a plaque.
Margaret Stewart (b. 1914) was the daughter of Duncan Gordon Stewart (1875-1954) and Ethel Stewart nee Stewart. Duncan Gordon Stewart was a prominent Ottawa lumberman and President of Stewart Bros. Ltd., Waba. In 1909, he married Ethel Margaret Stewart nee Stewart; they had six children, among them: Donald Burton Stewart (died in infancy); Margaret Robertson Stewart (dietician and part-time lecturer at MacDonald College, Que.); and Duncan Edward Stewart (later married Elizabeth Wallace [Bessie] nee McLaren). Following her studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Margaret worked as the Dietitian-in-Charge, at MacDonald College, Montreal, for over 25 years.
Donated by Elizabeth Stewart-Hessel in 1993 and 1994.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 32 Series containing a large number of files, photographs and negatives, primarily of family members and places. Other material consists of pamphlets, catalogues, postcards, a lapel pin and a 1912 dime. The records contain such information as the following: the Stewart Brothers Ltd., (one of the area’s oldest lumber mills, dating back to the 1840’s; over the years, the mill produced cedar shingles and lathe as well as lumber (pine was the mainstay), pot barley and cheese from a cheese factory; a fire on December 6, 1956 destroyed everything, but the mill was rebuilt the next spring; Duncan E. Stewart sold the mill in December 1968 to Edwin Kennedy (an American entrepreneur who also owned a saw mill in Calabogie); Donald Stewart (1829-1883) who was born in Beckwith Township in 1829 [son of Alexander) moved with his father to Waba in the early 1840s and later became senior partner of the Stewart Brothers enterprise there; he served as Reeve from 1869-1875 and Warden of Renfrew County in 1875; he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Reformers in the 1871 Ontario election; he never married. Donald had 3 brothers: 1. Alexander Jr. who stayed in Beckwith, 2. Robert, 3. John (born in 1841 in Beckwith Township and died at Waba in 1925). Robert and John also were partners in the Stewart Brothers enterprise at Waba. John married Margaret Robertson of Robertson’s Corners (see file Robertson’s Corners). John Stewart served as Reeve from 1879-1889 and from 1906-1913. He also served as Warden of Renfrew County. He was politically active on behalf of the Reform Party.
File includes such records as the following: the minutes of the proceedings and by-laws of the County of Renfrew (1882), tax notice, notice of assessment, correspondence to John Stewart (Reeve of McNab and Warden of Renfrew County) and other correspondence (for example from the County of Lanark, County Clerk’s Office), list of article in bill of sale from Allan Stewart to George Seelerf, list of arrears for the 5th Concession line, regulations of the public Works Department under the Colonization Road Act (Ontario Statutes, 1907, chapter 17, section 4), 1883 Auditor’s Report (Expenditures on Roads and Bridges), bylaw to defend the duties of pathmasters and provide for the due performance of statutes labour within the municipality of McNab, 1876-1877 Auditor’s Report for McNab Township, and a 1997 real estate flyer about an 1870 home formerly owned by the Stewart family.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 2
Dates of Births, Marriages, and Deaths. -- 1835-1970. -- 1 folder.
File includes such records as the following: dates of births, deaths, and marriages of family members, certificates, passport of Annie Jamieson Stewart, and 1922 will of Annie Stewart. Three passports of Margaret Stewart and her birth certificate are also included.
File includes such records as the following: notices of deaths, clippings, remembrance cards, and a receipt for perpetual care of cemetery plot. Some of the names mentioned include Mabel Stewart, Catherine Annie Stewart, Dr. John Robertson Stewart, Annie J. Jull, Percy L. Jull, Donald Burton Stewart, and Isabel Stewart.
File includes such records as the following: personal correspondence of a personal/family nature and clippings. Some names mentioned are Katherine Isabel Stewart and Ernest J. Stewart.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 6
Western Canada. -- 1882; 1888; 1896; 1911. -- 1 folder.
File includes such records as the following: clipping, one letter to John Stewart (Manitoba) to John Stewart (Waba), 1896 clipping about an Arnprior man’s stay out in Manitoba for three months, and two booklets: Millions of Fertile Acres, Guide to Settlers, January 1888 (published by the authority of the Department of Agriculture) and Western Canada, Manitoba, Assiniboia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, 1899, issued by the authority of Clifford Sifton.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 7
Transportation other than Railways. -- no dates. -- 1 item.
File contains a booklet, Motor Car Magneto by Victor Page and Clifford Shattuck.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 8
Stewart Brothers--Sale to Kennedy. -- 1968-1970. -- 1 folder.
File contains such records as the following: financial statements, letter to employees, and list of assets.
File contains such records as the following: receipts, letters, lumber estimate, time sheet, notes regarding concession lines, notes on degrees Bagot lines are run on (1885), Duncan Stewart’s business card, and letter regarding lease of lot 26, concession 11, Darling Township.
File contains such records as the following: catalogues and pamphlets on cutter heads, leading evaporator, shingle packer, saws, sugar-camp fixtures, letters, and special instruction about saws. International Log Rule and Lumbering Tools, Cant Hook and Peavey Handles are some examples. Pamphlet in French also included.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 11
Politics. -- 1884; 1900; 1923; 1925. -- 1 folder.
File contains such records as the following: clipping of “The Observer in Queen’s Park”, letter from House of Commons, receipt for services in the electoral district of Renfrew South 49.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 12
Military Interest. --Letters from Val Horn to Margaret. -- 1939-1945. -- 1 folder.
File contains letters from Val Horn while she was on active service in charge of food preparation in Europe, a 1940 black and white photo of Val Horn, and a War Savings Certificates pamphlet.
File contains such records as the following: list of medical costs, receipts in order to claim hospitalization benefits, 5 black and white postcards regarding Dr. Locke, one back and white postcard of an unidentified nurse, a pamphlet on Eclectric Oil, a 1904-1905 Queen’s University Convocation program (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Law, and School of Nursing), exercise booklet, 1896 Electric Almanac, and a 1926 gastro-intestinal tract examination. Names mentioned are Margaret Stewart, Ethel Stewart, and Dr. Locke.
File contains such records as the following: letter from author Hugh MacLennan, letter from K. Margaret DuPorte, high school certificate, birth certificate, school results (lower, middle and upper schools), Queen’s University results, letter of congratulations on 25 years of service, letters to Santa from Neil Stewart and Margaret Stewart, letters to family from Margaret.
File contains such records as the following: a 1900 Oath of Engineer (James L. Morris), a 1938 subpoena for The King vs. Thomas Gale regarding theft of logs belonging to Stewart Bros., 1885 letter to John Stewart requesting legal advice, notes about Gale case, a 1926 receipt for a claim against R.D.F. Campbell.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 16
Jim Stewart. -- 1906; 1911-1912; 1948. -- 1 folder.
File contains such records as the following: a black and white photo of Jim, letters between Jim (in Montreal) and his parents, and a 1906 letter from S.R. Smith Infirmary in Staten Island, New York, to parents regarding Jim.
File contains such records as the following: clippings regarding the sale of timber limits in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia, sale of Ottawa limits owned by William Mackey in 1902 (bidding started at $200,000 on 129 3/4 miles), several issues of Canada Lumberman (December 13, 1899, December 1902, December 1903), clippings from the Montreal Daily Witness (January 12, 1906), information on the production of lumber in Canada from 1919-1938, exports to the United States, imports from the United States from 1926-1939, Spruce Waste in the Sawmills of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces by S.B. Prince (1940), a 1904 Annual Report (Bureau of Forestry, Province of Ontario) and a 1901 2nd Annual Report (Canadian Forestry Association), Old Original Pine by William Hall, and a 1923 Ottawa Agency timber license issued to John Stewart for timber located in Bagot Township
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 18
White Lake Presbyterian Church. --1886; 1889; 1908-1921; 1956; 1960-1962; 1967.
File contains such records as the following: Diamond Jubilee of St. Andrew’s United Church, White Lake 1881-1956 booklet, a 1919 Book of Family Devotion, a life-member of the United Church lapel pin, a 1912 10-cents piece, a letter from the Board of Managers about the 1960 Church budget, financial statements for the United Church (1962, 1979, and 1987, White Lake, Pastoral Charge), a 1921 notice of assessment for the Presbyterian manse, 1968 treasurer’s statement and a 1916 bank book (Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church), 1934 letters to Mrs. Stewart, list of distribution of funds (Presbyterian Church, 1912-1913), notes on the weekly offering, receipts, 1914-1915 budget for Presbytery of Lanark and Renfrew, a 1967 St. Andrew’s Church service program, lists of arrears of stipend and schemes of the Church (1908, 1910, and 1914), and a 1917 certificate for the memorizing of scriptures by Duncan Stewart.
File contains such records as the following: letters regarding investments with various companies and agents (AEmilius Jarvis & Co., Wood, Gundy & Co., Goldman & Co., Bank of Nova Scotia, Dominion Mortgage & Investments Assoc., Dominion Securities Corporation, International Portland Cement Co. Limited, The London Guarantee and Accident Co. and International Finance Co. Ltd.), a 1912 balance sheet for The Thornbury Transportation & Reduction Co. Ltd., a 1894 Annual Report of the Ontario Mutual Life Assurance Co., 1912 receipts and 1913 clippings from the Spokane Daily Chronicle and the Evening Citizen.
File contains such records as the following: a 1896 Trade List of the Subscription News Co., Weekly Globe (January 29, 1896), Daily British Whig (April 24, 1906), Catalogue of Lightning Evaporators, 1902 Male Attire catalogue, Cataloguing of Books for Schools and Libraries 1901, American Farmer (December 1892, Springfield, Ohio), 1931 letter from The Eaton Co., The Globe Toronto (July 10, 1912 and November 11, 1914), Montreal Daily Witness (March 5, 1891 and November 9, 1895), Weekly Globe and Canada Farmer ( September 25, 1912, November 12, 1913 and February 26, 1913).
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 21
Oversize Items Box 3 G13.2
1. Poster of “Canadian soldier”, painted by Lilias Torrance Newton, circa 1942. One of a series produced by this war artist.
2. Certificate of Baptism, Donald Burton Stewart, 1918.
3. Cradle Roll for Margaret Robertson Stewart, 1918.
4. “Royal Visit” contains 29 b&w (black & white) photographs, mostly taken by Duncan E. Stewart of Waba, of the 1939 Royal Visit in Ottawa. Also 2 b&w photographs of unidentified women in front of the Ottawa Normal School (Teachers’ College) in 1911. Names mentioned include Duncan G. Stewart, Margaret Stewart, Ethel Stewart, Maggie and Lizzie Burton, and Duncan E. Stewart.
5. “Waba School” contains 13 b&w photos of the Waba School (located on the 5th Line in Pakenham Township, Lanark County and served parts of Pakenham Township in Lanark and parts of McNab Township in Renfrew), and 1 b&w photo of an unidentified school.
3. “Waba - family pictures” contains 53 loose b&w photographs, an album with 8 b&w photographs, and 3 colour photographs, all of the Stewart family of Waba. Most photos are identified.
4. “Negatives--Margaret Stewart, Waba, 1955” contains 16 negatives of that year.
5. Portrait of Margaret Stewart by Arnprior photographer Handford.
6. “Waba--scenery” contains 11 b&w photographs of Waba, mostly taken by Margaret Stewart.
7. “Stewart-McLaren wedding” contains 8 b&w photos of the 1936 wedding of Duncan E. Stewart and Bessie McLaren, in Waba.
8. “Margaret Stewart, camp pictures” contains 2 b&w photos of 1924-25 vintage, taken at Andrew’s Island in White Lake.
9. “Kingston Air Show” contains 4 b&w photos taken in 1930.
10. “Waba Mills” contains 9 b&w photographs of Waba Mills and related subjects.
11. “Car pictures” contains 12 b&w photos and 1 negative.
12. “Margaret Stewart”, Handford Photographer, no date.
13 “Duncan G. Stewart”, Ottawa Auxiliary Bible Society certificate, 1953.
14. “Mrs. Duncan G, Stewart, Ottawa Auxiliary Bible Society certificate, 1953, and a Woman’s Missionary Society certificate, 1953.
15. Bachelor of Household Science and the red cylindrical case, Margaret Robertson Stewart, McGill University, 1940
16. School certificates, Margaret Stewart, School No. 3, Pakenham Township, 1925-1927
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 22
Advice. -- ca. 1908. -- 1 folder.
File contains such records as the following: notes on raising children, sexuality, and home life.
Domestic Science Notebook dated 1903, Renfrew Collegiate Institute containing hand written notes, recipes, instructions on how to make a bed for an invalid, how to wash blankets, etc. From the date of this item it could possibly have belonged to Mabel Stewart b. December 10 1888. The book was found in Margaret Stewart's home in 2018 and donated to the AMBA as an accrual by E. Stewart.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 23
Duncan E. Stewart. -- 1956; 1962-1963; 1968. -- 1 folder.
File contains such records as the following: three letters from Duncan E. to Ethel (his mother), wedding announcement of Duncan E. of Waba to Bessie Wallace McLaren, of Renfrew, and a clipping about the marriage, and letters to Margaret.
File contains such records as the following: one black/white photo of the factory, letter to and invoice made out to Alexander Stewart, list of accounts of clients, and an index to names of clients.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 25
Alexander (Patriarch) letters to John (son). -- 1883. -- 2 items.
File contains two letters from Alexander to John.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 26
Bessie Stewart. -- 1940; 1966. -- 1 folder.
File contains a letter to Margaret from Bessie (1966) and a receipt from Rosamond Memorial (1940).
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 27
Annie Burton Stewart to her grandchildren (Margaret and Duncan). -- 1921. -- 1 item.
File contains a letter.
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 28
Agriculture. -- 1892-1957. -- 2 folders.
File contains letters about the identification of plant material, clippings (for example on the topic of dairy v. grain raising), and publications. Some of these publications include booklets by the Department of Agriculture (federal and provincial) on such areas as insect control, apple culture, poultry house construction, the potato, agriculture and colonization, the angora goat, hothouse or winter lamb raising, sheep husbandry, the stave silo, lime-sulphur wash, Wabigoon Country (Rainy River District), reports from the Experimental Farm; other books include the Farmer’s Advocate (May, August and November 1892 issues), M.T. Buchanan’s catalogue on hay tools and wire fence (Ingersoll, Ontario), Bettshen’s pamphlet on corn and root cultivator, Massey Harris Illustrated: A Journal of News and Literature for Rural Homes (September-October 1897), and a Massey-Harris catalogue of farm machinery (1896).
File contains such records as the following: 1909 marriage certificate to Duncan Gordon, letters from A. Jull (Ethel’s sister), death certificate, birth certificate, remembrance card, and letters to Margaret from Ethel and Duncan Gordon.
Margaret Stewart Fonds
Duncan Gordon Stewart. -- 1908-1909; 1925-1926; 1953-1954. -- 1 folder.
File contains such records as the following: letters to Duncan Gordon from Ethel (of Renfrew) before they were married, letters from Isabella W. Fraser, letters to Margaret (1953), a 1909 letter from the minister about the wedding, 1925 and 1926 letters between Duncan Gordon and Dr. John Stewart (also called Jack, his brother), a remembrance card, a 1954 death certificate, a clipping about his death, and Duncan Gordon’s business card.
File contains such records as the following: cancelled cheque from Wood, Gundy, and Co., list of cheques issued, Duncan Stewart’s account/passbook at the Bank of Ottawa, Arnprior (1911-1920 and 1961-1962), a 1906 Bank of Ottawa Annual Report, letter to Duncan from Bank of Nova Scotia (1920).
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 31
Duncan Stewart. -- 1909. -- 1 folder.
File contains a copy of his last will and testament. Names mentioned in will are Annie Stewart (his wife), Daniel B. Stewart, Peter D. Stewart, William Stewart (all three are his sons), John Stewart (his brother), Daniel W. Stewart (his nephew).
Margaret Stewart Fonds: Series 32
John Stewart. -- 1872-1920. -- 14 cm of textual records.
John Stewart was Reeve of McNab Township from 1879-1889 and from 1906-1913 as well as Warden of Renfrew County. He was also treasurer of Church at Waba (1911).
File contains such records as the following: Fred Ostler’s receipt books (1909; 13 of them; Fred Ostler & Son owned and operated a store at the northeast corner of White Lake’s main intersection; it is not known how John Stewart came into possession of Ostler’s books), The Weekly News (Arnprior, February 10, 1906), financial papers (receipts issued by Town Hall (1882 and 1907), treasurer’s account for McNab (1880), list of arrears for stipend, recapitulation of account), legal papers such as indentures, land deeds, declarations of ownership, and list of articles seized (some of the names mentioned in these papers include James Barr, James Morris, George Gillespie, D. W. Campbell, A. F. Campbell, John Campbell, Hugh Frederick McLachlin, Alexander Stewart, John and Ellen Byrne, Carl and Mary Strike, School No. 15, Daniel Fyfe, John and Amelia Rose Phillips, William Box, August Boese, William Burton, William McAdam, William Alexander Leckie, Alexander McLean, Peter McLean, James Stewart, James Taylor, Archibald White, Thomas Lindsay, Timothy O’Connor, John Odbur, John Hill Wright, Peter Duff), by-law no. 745 regarding equalization of assessment rolls, and correspondence (dealing with such matters as Claybank bridge, J. B. Hutson, assessment and election supplies, Town’s account with the Bank of Ottawa, Robert Young, School No. 7, Horace Russell about the opening up of town line between McNab and Pakenham, Education Committee of Renfrew County, Ditches and Watercourses Act, Donald Watt).
Records are a good source of information on lumbering machinery, agriculture, and even on Western Canada at the turn of the 20th century.
April 2018 - Domestic Science notebook donated by Elizabeth Stewart. Added to Series 22.
See also Duncan E. Stewart collection, Accession No. 95-0057.
Vital statistics, Collector Rolls, and Bylaws were digitized in August 2009
24.5 m of textual material
History / Biography
The Township of McNab, Renfrew County, Ontario, was incorporated effective January 1, 1850 under the terms of the Baldwin Act, Chapter 81, Canada Statutes, 1849. This act provided for the creation of municipal governments at the town, village and township levels and identified those which would automatically be granted municipal status when the act came into effect, January 1, 1850. The township of McNab was surveyed and named McNab in 1824; the area covered approx. 64,000 acres. The first group of settlers arrived from Scotland to the township in 1825. Between 1840 and 1844, cultivated acreage in the township rose by 65%. Before the first McNab township hall was erected, the town council met in the house of Daniel McIntyre (an early Stewartville resident). Later, the council met in Stewartville’s township hall. Allan Stewart donated land for the township hall in 1850.
Under the provisions of Bill 26, the Savings and Restructuring act, 1996, McNab Township was amalgamated with Braeside village to form the new Township of McNab/Braeside effective January 1, 1998. The Village of Braeside was part of the Township of McNab until its incorporation in 1921.
The records were transferred from the basement storage room of the McNab Township office in 1993 and 1999. In 2008, Mrs. Nancy Argue donated 1877 Collector's Roll (Accession 2008-0234).
Scope and Content
The collection is arranged into three series:
I: McNab Township
II: Village of Braeside
III: Township of McNab/Braeside
Each series consists of sub-series relating to the administration of the township or village.
McNab Township Series 1
Bylaws and Minutes Sub-Series 1.1
The minutes of McNab Township date between 1850 and 1978. Along with the bylaws, they reveal in detail how the township developed and was governed for over 100 years.
Bylaws from 1846 to 1952 are described separately and have been digitized. See McNab Township Bylaws Sub-Series and Item Level descriptions.
For textual records relating to McNab Township Bylaws see also Township of McNab Sub-series: Administrative Files, Box 1 .
For records relating to the township before this period, researchers must enquire at the Archives of Ontario and the National Archives of Canada.
Assessment, Collection and Non-resident Sub-Series 1.2
Assesment, Collection and Non-resident rolls list the household heads residing on each property and their addresses, form of tenure, and other relevant information relating to the value of property within the township. Please note that due to the fragile condition of some of these records, all rolls that pre-date 1900 are CLOSED. However, the digitized copy of the Collector's Rolls are available for viewing.
Assessment Roll 1906 - 1917 B1
Assessment Roll 1918 - 1935 B2
Assessment Roll 1936 - 1948 B3
Assessment Roll 1949 - 1957 B4
Assessment Roll 1958 - 1961 B5
Notes: 1924, 1925 rolls missing, 1937/38 = 1 volume, 1959/60 = 1 volume, two copies of 1943, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1957 exist.
Note: The Collector's Rolls to 1888 have been digitized and available for viewing.
The Administrative Files Sub-Series includes correspondence, various municipal returns, agreements between the Township and other parties including the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission, cemetery records etc.
Box 1: B12
County Rate Levies/ Trustees Levies. -- 1870-1906.
Petitions to Council, Various Issues. -- 1850-1944.
Watercourses and Ditches Act, Awards, Appeals, Agreements. -- 1876-1928.
Assessors Notices and Appeals. -- 1886-1942.
Surety Bond Returns. -- 1938-1951.
Municipal Returns, Debts. -- 1877-1919.
Municipal Returns, Statistics from Assessed Values and Taxation. -- 1891-1934.
Return of Assessment Officers. -- 1935-1952.
Application for Municipal Subsidy. -- 1939-1948.
Municipal Returns, Statistics from the Assessment Rolls. -- 1912-1934.
Municipal Returns, Statistics from the Collection Rolls. -- 1890-1904.
McNab Township, Ontario Hydro Electric Commission. -- 1937-1957.
County Treasurer, Re: Arrears of Taxes. -- 1877-1937.
Various Agreements, McNab and Other Parties. -- 1909-1946.
McNab Bridges: Burnstown 1899, 1913
McNab Bridges: Dochart Creek 1909, 1942
McNab Bridges: Cameron Bridge 1940
McNab Bridges: McGregor Bridge 1941
McNab Bridges: Clay Bank Bridge 1897, 1904
McNab Bridges: Bridge over Gully between Lots 9 and 10 on 10th
Concession McNab Township 1944
McNab Bridges: White Lake Creek at Paris' Mill 1890
McNab Bridges: Stewartville 1909
NB. See blueprints of bridges listed in miscellaneous series below
Records belonging to this series have not yet been transferred from the Township office.
Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths are restricted for 104, 80 and 70 years respectively. All records are subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Further accruals are expected.
See also the Louise Matiece-Richardson Collection #94-0025 for bylaws that are not included in this fonds.
Researchers may also wish to examine the land records relating to transactions within the township of McNab which are held in the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives. Separate abstract indexes were produced for the areas of Sand Point, Mansfield, Dochert and Braeside. The records of various Women’s Institutes such as Burnstown, Clay Bank, White Lake and Braeside should also be consulted particularly for details of social and farm history of the area. See also Accession No. 1993 0014 McNab Township Heritage and Museum Committee.
See also Dochert Creek Park master plan Accession No. 2005-0182
See also Mary Campbell fonds for the 1870 Township of McNab Assessment Roll. 2019-0395
Daniel McLachlin was born in 1809 at St. Andrew's East, Rigaud Township, and by 1837 had built a sawmill and gristmill at Chaudiere Falls, Bytown. McLachlin bought 400 acres of property in Arnprior during 1851 and thus began a successful enterprise in which McLachlin was foremost known for his involvement in the timber trade. McLachlin had a hand in many facets of the Arnprior community and is generally regarded as the person who contributed the most to Arnprior's growth in the nineteenth century.
Donated by Pat Hall (a descendant of Daniel McLachlin) in 1993.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 30 letters to and from Daniel McLachlin concerning both personal and business matters. See item level records for descriptions of letter content.
Letter from D. Barham[?]. -- March 1854. -- 1 letter.
Letter concerning emigration of grandmother in 1802 from Fort William, Inverness. Died January 13, 1854 at 84 years of age.
Letter from Sarah McLachlin. -- June 23, 1856. -- 1 letter.
Letter from Daniel's sister Sarah, writing from Breadalborne [Breadalbane?].
Letter to Mrs. Dart or Fitzsimmons. -- letter copied March 8, 1858. -- 1 letter.
Copy of a letter sent by Daniel McLachlin to the addressee. Letter also has the date 1857.
Letter from William Bredon. -- April 7, 1857. -- 1 letter.
Letter concerns a father’s concern for his missing son who he fears was killed in a log run.
Letter from James Wilson. -- September 6, 1848. -- 1 letter.
Wilson was writing from the Bytown jail for bail money.
Letter from Mr. Dawson. -- June 4, 8 and August 25, 1864. -- 3 letters.
Letters concern ownership of some islands located on the Madawaska River.
Letter from Thomas Johnston. - February 14, 1860. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin concerning his nephew Hugh McLachlin being arrested and then escaping custody. He is now considered an escaped felon.
Letter from Rev. H.J. Borthwick. -- June 18, July 1, 17, 1861. -- 3 letters.
Letters concerning the terms for payments for boarding Daniel's son Daniel Jr. July 1, 1861 letter contains Daniel Jr's report card.
Letters from Joseph Braithwaite. -- 1854-1859. -- 8 letters.
Letters to Daniel McLachlin concerning the schooling of his sons John and Hugh in Chambly, Quebec. Letters also contain report cards for son Hugh.
Letter from Alex McLachlin. -- October 29, 1842. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin from his brother Alex concerning the purchase of horses.
Unknown signature on letter. -- April 11, March 14, 1843. -- 2 letter.
A letter sent to Daniel McLachlin protesting a note. Signature is very difficult to decipher.
Letter from Nathaniel Burwash. -- June 26, 1843. -- 1 letter.
Letter written to Daniel McLachlin in Quebec where he was engaged in loading squared timber. Letter also mentions a smut machine. Nathaniel Burwash was a councillor in Bytown in the 1850's, he was also a lumber merchant.
Letter from Nathaniel Burwash. -- July 5, 1843. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin concerning the mast issue.
Letter from D. McCallum. -- October 10, 1843. -- 1 letter.
A letter from shanty man S. McCallum written from Hooker's Creek near Pembroke regarding canoes and supplies.
Letter to E. Corthandle. -- February 3, 1848. -- 1 letter.
Letter from Daniel McLachlin with an account sheet for debts.
Letter from Nathaniel Burwash. -- February 7, 1846. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin concerning a M. Wordsworth trespassing and taking timber off Daniel McLachlin's land.
Letter from the Crown Land Department. -- February 11, 1848. -- 1 letter.
A letter from the Crown Land Department refusing to specify why a particular decision was made. Letter was written by John Macdonald who answered McLachlin's question in a very curt response.
1 col. Brooch presented to Mrs. Daniel
McLachlin in 1860 by the
Prince of Wales 1994
Brooch is in the Arnprior Museum
There is a poem or song called “The Old Shantyman” in the Arnprior Watchman of May 23, 1919, page 6 (Reel N 584).
See also Arnprior and District Museum Collection, 93-0005
See also Daniel McLachlin (Texas) fonds for more similar letters from this time period.
Peter Hessel (1931-2020) was an author, journalist and translator by profession. He was instrumental in establishing the Arnprior & District Archives in 1993.
While conducting research for his book "McNab - The Township", Peter Hessel created many files which he donated to the ADA in 1994 along with other historical information about the Arnprior area. This formed the basis of the Peter Hessel collection. The collection expanded over time and continued to be added to on a regular basis as an "open" collection based on subject rather than provenance until Hessel's death in 2020. The photograph album was donated to the ADA in 2006.
Scope and Content
Collection Files H1.5 - H5.4
This series consists of many original documents and photographs as well as photocopied material and newspaper clippings pertaining to the history of Arnprior, McNab and Braeside. Files are organized by subject. Each file contains various items which are listed in the Scope and Content note for that particular file. See individual file level descriptions.
Photograph Album H0.02
The collection also consists of a photograph album (1930 - 1990) containing 294 colour photographs and 74 B&W photographs which was compiled by Peter Hessel. It documents areas of historical interest in McNab Township including Burnstown, White Lake, Waba, Lochwinnoch, Braeside, Canaan, Dewars, Sand Point, Stewartville and Glasgow Station.
The documents were found by Ms. Matiece (Richardson) many years ago while her father was an engineer on the hydro dam project at Stewartville. She remembered that many papers were scattered about in the old Stewartville Town Hall, and she and her father retrieved some of these documents. The papers were in her possession for many years; when she heard about the Arnprior Archives she made this important donation. The Stewartville Town Hall has been demolished.
Donated by Louise Matiece (Richardson), 1994.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of McNab rules of council, bylaws, petitions to council, engineer's reports and varied correspondence.
1859 December 5 Rules of [McNab] Council (1994-0025-1)
1855 March 27 By-law amending the duties of Path masters (1994-0025-2)
1858 March 29 By-law on the distribution of statutory labour for McNab township in 1858. (1994-0025-3)
1867 May 25 Petition by the ratepayers of schools Nos. 2 and 3 in McNab township to the McNab Council. Petition requests that the dismemberment of the school be reconsidered. Petition demands reconsideration on grounds that the motion on dismemberment was illegal. (1994-0025-4)
1850 February and July 3 1853 By-law on the remuneration of township officers in the united townships of McNab and Bagot. (1994-0025-5)
1884 Letter on estimation of a property as assessed by McNab township collector. (1994-0025-6)
1864 June Petition sent to the Reeve and councillors of McNab township asking reconsideration on the fee paid for a job. (1994-0025-7)
1867 August 2 Bill sent to reeve and council of McNab township for work done for a local school. (1994-0025-8)
1869 October 11 A note requesting a one-year subscription to the Path [Perth] Courier magazine. (1994-0025-9)
An estimate and tender on the construction of a bridge across Madawaska River at Burnstown. (1994-0025-10)
1871 August 5 A petition by ratepayers to the council of McNab to remove fences from old Flat Rapids Road (1994-0025-11)
Granting to Duncan Ferguson of travel expenses by McNab council for work performed for the township. The work was the auditing of the town accounts. (1994-0025-12)
Report of the Inspection of the Claybank bridge. (1994-0025-13)
Forward note to the township of Horton on property values. Date unknown. (1994-0025-14)
1851 January 20 By-law for the appointment of an auditor for the municipality of McNab for the year 1851. (1994-0025-15)
1859 July 4 Recommendation to McNab council on payment to William Lickie (Leckie) for damages done to his property by the construction of a roadway through his property. (1994-0025-16)
1850 By-law to provide for the defraying of expenses of McNab council in the year 1850. (1994-0025-17)
1855 January 15 By-law for the appointment of an auditor for McNab Township. Also the determination of the auditor’s salary. (1994-0025-18)
1856 May 5 Appointment of officers for the township of McNab in 1856. (1994-0025-19)
By-laws concerning shop and tavern licences. (1994-0025-20)
1855 March 27 By-law on the distribution of statutory labour for the year 1855. (1994-0025-21)
1855 July 3 By-law to provide for the restraining and the running-at-large of certain animals. This by-law stresses farm animals, particularly horses and pigs. (1994-0025-22)
1854 December 4 By-laws on the election in McNab of 1855. (1994-0025-23)
1854 March 27 By-law on the distribution of statutory labour in McNab for 1854. (1994-0025-24)
1861 August 5 Report to McNab council on the work done on Balmers Bridge. (1994-0025-25)
Petition to the reeve and council of McNab on labour done for McNab township, dated April 4, 1863. (1994-0025-26)
Undated Report on specifications of bridge to be built across Locha Creek. Report to McNab Council. (1994-0025-27)
1867 May 4 Petition of trustees for school No. 5 to McNab Council. Petition is against the formation of a school section in New Glasgow. (1994-0025-28)
1867 April 16Petition by ratepayers of Sand Point to the McNab township council requesting a school section for Sand Point. (1994-0025-29)
These papers have also been described as part of the McNab Township Historical collection #1993-0004 which contains other bylaws from this time period.
3 m of textual records and other material including 230 photographs; 3 audio cassettes; 17 maps
History / Biography
Arnold Muirhead was born in Carleton Place January 18 1903, attended Queen’s University where he graduated from chemical engineering in 1926 and eventually came to work in Braeside for Gillies Bros. and company Ltd. in 1948. He became a director in 1950, vice-president of the firm in 1958 and served as President by 1964. He was elected president of the Canadian Lumberman’s Association in 1961 and played an important role in the preservation of the Gillies Grove through his work with the Land Preservation Society of the Ottawa Valley. Mr. Muirhead was fond of canoeing and spent much of his spare time out of doors. He was an active member of the Arnprior Curling Club, Arnprior Historical Society and the Arnprior & District Archives which he helped establish in 1993. In August of 2000 he received the Town Crest just before he left Arnprior to live with his family out west. Mr. Muirhead died in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 19, 2001 at the age of 98.
A small amount of miscellaneous documents were donated in 1995 by Mr. Muirhead, and the rest in June 2000. In December 2012, Arnold Muirhead's daughter, Mrs. Anne Gartshore donated an accrual of material that had been in her possession since her father's death in 2001.
Scope and Content
The Arnold Gillies Muirhead fonds consists of various records related to Mr. Muirhead’s professional life and recreational interests including family history, lumbering history and early transportation systems along the Ottawa River as well as the history of the Gillies Bros. Lumber company.
The files of correspondence, articles and collected material contained in this fonds generally relate to Arnprior history, the Canadian lumber industry, Gillies Bros. and the Gillies family as well as Grace St. Andrew’s United Church. The Arnprior Art Club’s Minute Book belonged to Mrs. Gwendolyn Muirhead, an artist who belonged to this group. A small file and two maps containing information on the Chat’s Canal in this fonds relate to other records donated by Mr. Muirhead to the National Archives.
A large portion of the fonds consists of copies of photographs of lumbering operations, Carleton Place, Herron’s Mills and family members that were donated to the National Archives of Canada. The newspaper clippings have been placed into file folders by the archivist according to broad subject headings. A small number of maps pertaining to the Gillies Bros. operations and family settlement in the Beckwith area of Lanark County are also included in this collection. Each map is also described at the item level in this database.
BOX 1 contains files and publications: H14.1
1. Arnold Gillies - personal
2. McEwens of Beckwith
3. Box family
4. Arnprior History
5. Chat’s Canal
6. Arnprior & District Historical Society
7. H. Kennedy
8. Gillies Bros. - Business Records
9. Gillies Bros. - History
10. Gillies Bros. Timber Marks
11. Consolidated Bathurst Inc.
12. Consolidated Bathurst Inc. and Others
13. Miscellaneous Correspondence
14. Grace St. Andrew’s United Church 1840 - 1990 (publication)
15. Arnprior Ministerial Association Minute Book 1939 - 1951
16. Notes re: Grace St. Andrew’s United Church
16. Notes re: Grace St. Andrew’s United Church - Stained Glass Windows
17. Minutes re: Union & History of Methodism in Arnprior
18. Minutes re: Union & History of Presbyterian Church in Arnprior
19. History of Grace St. Andrew’s United Church
20. Grace St. Andrew’s United Church Annual Reports 1960 - 1970
21. Grace St. Andrew’s United Church Annual Reports 1971 - 1981
22. Grace St. Andrew’s United Church Annual Reports 1986 - 1990
23. Grace St. Andrew’s United Church Annual Reports 1991 - 1998
24. Braeside United Church - Annual reports, 50th Anniversary Calandar, History of Braeside United Church 1902-1997
B0X 2 contains the following files: H14.2
1. National Archives of Canada Photo List -
(NA numbers refer to copies of photos that follow)
2. Photos - Trade Shows, Trade Mark and Public Relations
3. Photos - John Cockburn’s Boat Factory, Pembroke
4. Photos - Chats Canal, Chats Falls & Chats Dam
4a Photos - Oblique photographs (and photocopies) obtained from Air Photo Division of Energy Mines and Resources by Arnold Muirhead of Chat Falls and Bristol Quebec, the Pontiac area, Chats Lake from 1927 - 1967. Inventory list in file. Prints arranged by date.
5. Photos - Bush Operations - Otter Lake P.Q. (includes 1948 photo of John A. Gillies)
10. Photos - Miscellaneous including circa 1870 views of Arprior taken from Daniel McLachlin's residence.
11. Photos - Old Braeside Mill (pre 1919)
12. Photos - Braeside Mill (1921-1980)
13. Inventory of the Gillies Bros. & Co. Papers (F150 Archives of Ontario)
14. Arnprior Art Club - Minute Book & Treasurer’s Account 1966 - 1997
15. Gillies Bros. Lumber Price Lists 1940 - 1960
16. J. S. Gillies or D.A. Gillies Letter book 1889 - 1911
17. The Morphy’s of Morphy’s Falls - Family History
18. Family Record of Muirhead & Gillies Families, McEwen, Brodie and Ogilvie
19. Binder of Correspondence Relating to “A Hundred Years A’Fellin
20. Binder of Correspondence Relating to “A Hundred Years A’Fellin
21. Gillies Bros. Limit Summaries - 1955
BOX 3 contains files of newspaper clippings etc. relating to: H14.3
1. Arnold Gillies Muirhead - personal
2. Gillies Family
3. Gillies Bros. and two large, mounted photographs of the Braeside mill circa 1922
5. Canadian Lumber Industry
6. Chief McNab and Waba Cottage
7. Miscellaneous clippings
SCAPBOOK 1909 - 1943 H14.5
Mrs. John Gillies and later Mrs. N. S. Robertson (Ida Robertson) used a Gillies Bros. ledger for their scrapbook into which they pasted social and political news of the day including births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, royal family news, World War II news and coverage of the Dionne Quintuplets. Some of the ledger entries made between 1872 and 1873 can still be read beneath the scrapbook items.
PORTRAITS; Mrs. James (Eleanor Ackland) Gillies and James Gillies (parents of D.A. Gillies) Map Cabinet #1, Dwr 14
FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS - Gillies Plant and Yard in Pembroke, Waltham Plant & Braeside Yard presented to Arnold Muirhead upon his retirement in 1967.
Item M014; Public Works Canada Georgian Bay Ship Canal Lake Huron to Montreal 22 foot Channel Project, Mile 132 to 165, plate #8
Item M015; Public Works Canada Georgian Bay Ship Canal Lake Huron to Montreal 22 foot Channel Project, Mile 165 to 198, plate #9
Item M016; Algonquin, Ontario Sht # 31 E.N.E.
ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS - 1997, 1998 H14.3
Two interviews were conducted by Laurie Dougherty and John Baker with Mr. Muirhead at his home on September 20, 1997 and January 18, 1998. Transcripts of the contents of the audio cassette tapes do not exist at this time. Mr. Muirhead talks about his early life, his trip to Europe as a young man, working up north as an engineer and working at Gillies Bros. Ltd. in Braeside.
Historical Atlas of Lanark & Renfrew Counties 1880-1881 (Reference Room)
A large accrual occured in December 2012. Several land documents were transferred to the Lanark County Archives in February 2013 as per the donor's wishes as they relate to land transactions that took place in Carleton Place and Beckwith Township. The accrual and items transferred are listed below:
BOX 4 G19.1
1. Ledger containing Entries from the Estate of the late William Muirhead and the late Agnes McLaren 1870 – 1890
2. Scrap Book containing mainly religious articles 1903-1924. Membership card for William Muirhead – Hardware Merchant 1923 for the Retail Merchants Association of Canada. Original invitation to a reception for the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York Sept 18 1901 for Mr. & Mrs. James Gillies. A note on the envelope indicates that this was found in Mrs. Jas. Gillies scrapbook.
3. Folder “Ottawa Valley Trust Co. Ottawa” – containing a handwritten list of journals and ledgers sent to the Ontario Archives, Toronto. Folder also contains a photocopied handwritten article called Navigation, Ottawa River to Chats Falls by Mary Learmonth, dated 1933 and photocopied map of the Chats Rapids (reduced from an original).
4. Illustrated Catalogue of John Gillies & Co., Carleton Place Ont. Manufacturers of Steam Launches, Shipman and Acme Engines and Boilers 1890
5. Illustrated Catalogue for the Two Cycle Marine Engine built by The John Gillies Estate Co. Limited Carleton Place circa 1906. Catalogue features a photograph of Arnold Gillies Muirhead as a child. A typed transcript from the Carleton Place Herald dated March 6 1906 describes the catalogue.
6. Folder of material related to Gillies Bros. & Co. Ltd. Including the first Collective Agreement drafted by A.G.M., a typed history of Gillies Bros. & Co. Ltd. 1967 by A.G.M., Historical Notes by D.A. Gillies (photocopy), Program for Unveiling and Dedication of Historical Plaque in Commemoration of Gillies Bros. & Co. Ltd. and other material related to Gillies Bros. limits and history.
7. Folder of material consisting correspondence from J. S. Gillies (Vancouver) 1921 to Victoria Colonist and American Lumbering. Also included in folder is material related to holdings in the Gillies-Credille Drilling Co. Ltd (1937) and one map of Wainwright Alberta with locations of various well sites.
8. Speech of the Honourable John Haggart on Transportation, 18 April 1901 (possibly Hansard) which includes comments regarding the building of Georgian Bay and Ottawa Canal.
9. Envelope containing several typed and handwritten papers delivered by A.G.M. on Navigation of Chats Lake, Chats Lake Portages, the Horse Railroad and Early Transportation in the Ottawa Valley. Contour map fragment of Lac Des Chats. Also contained in the file is an Excerpt from a Report of the Commissioners of Public Works for the years 1852 and 1853 with handwritten notes by A.G.M. and correspondence with the Dept. of Transport regarding the Chats Canal works.
10. Envelope containing a history of Herron’s Mills by Jack Brown 1972 and correspondence regarding the preservation of the site.
11. Contour map of Arnprior 31 F/8 West half showing Arnprior and Pakenham (ripped)
12. Photographed Copy of the General Plan of the Vicinity of The Chat’s Rapids 1845 showing Part of the Township of Fitzroy, Mohr’s Island, Chat’s house, proposed slide, etc.
13. File of handwritten correspondence and extracts compiled by Howard M. Brown from the Carleton Place Weekly Herald and Bathurst Courier regarding items of historical interest on the use of the Mississippi River at Carleton Place as well as references to James C. Poole and other topics.
14. Envelope containing photocopied article by D.A. Gillies entitled “Notes on Square Timber” 1961, and a program for the “Unveiling and Dedication of an Historical Plaque to Commemorate Timber Rafting on the Ottawa River and her Tributaries” 1967. Also, a photocopied brochure about the “Chutes Coulonge” is contained in this file, an article The Camboose Shanty by Charles Macnamara, and other items related to the history of square timber.
15. File containing paper entitled “John Gillies’ Businesses after 1874 which was compiled by A.G.M. Also contained in the file is information about Ferdinand Beyer.
16. File containing correspondence with historian C. C. J. Bond of the National Capital Commission regarding the preservation of Gillies Machine Shop in Carleton Place, 1964. File also contains a copy of a Report on a Machine-Shop, Associated with a Water-Driven Textile Mill in Carleton Place Ontario by the NCC Information & Historical Division dated 1964.
17. Correspondence with Peter McLaren regarding the estate of John Gillies Sr. 1913.
18. Miscellaneous Correspondence file containing correspondence of James Gillies to John Gillies 1870; Photocopied page of The Globe 1882 containing notice regarding gold medal awarded to Gillies Son & Co, Carleton Place for woolen tweeds in the Toronto Exhibition; Correspondence to Hon. Frank Cochrane, Minister of Railways and Canals 1911; Letter from Mrs. Burns 1898 to John Gillies regarding a house; Receipt for Braeside Inn 1873; Notice of Annual General meeting of Gillies Bros. 1900; Photocopy of Recapitulation of John Gillies Cash Account from 20th July 1856 to 31 December 1870; Receipt for Taber& McCrae 1906 and calling cards of Mrs. W. Wilson Taber; Correspondence with Edward Masak regarding steam engines 1968; Several receipts for purchases by David Gillies 1904-1907 including those from W. J. Muirhead and Taylor Bros. and Central Canada Machine Works; A. Russell & Son business card (Arnprior C. W.)
BOX 4 - PHOTOGRAPHS
1. Herron’s Mills - Several b&w prints and negatives taken in 1942 and 1950’s by A.G.M. Also, three colour slides of the mill taken in 1962. Several prints are identified with PA numbers which were copied by National Archives of Canada.
2. Family Photographs – 13 mounted b&w prints of various family members identified by A.G.M. and which date from 1880’s to circa 1896. Folder also contains one reproduction negative done in 1973 from original of Mary Eleanor Gillies. This folder contains a photograph of A.G.M. which is very similar to the one used on the catalogue cover for Two Cycle Marine Engine. Folder also contains a photograph of several people on the porch of a white frame home which is not identified by A.G.M.
3. Carleton Place – Approximately 10 b&w prints and two colour prints documenting scenes of Carleton Place including one showing John Gillies’ Machine Shop & Boat Building establishment taken by Hammond of Carleton Place. This was copied by the National Archives of Canada.
4. Logging – Approximately 10 b&w prints plus several negatives related to lumbering in the Temiskaming, Coulonge and Petawawa areas. Also contained in this folder are b&w negatives showing Cobalt scenes circa 1900.
5. List of PA numbers and captions for A.G.M. Collection (loan for copying) at National Archives of Canada and letter from Archivist Peter Robertson regarding the photos.
1. Invitation to John Webster’s Art show which shows a watercolour painting of Brown’s Flour and Grist Mill after the fire.
2. Constable print obtained by A.G.M. from the National Gallery of London showing a horse railway
3. Line drawing reproduction of an old lady with note on back which reads John’s mother (?) and envelope from Nationalmusei Fotografiforsaljing [Holland?]
BOX 4 - PUBLISHED MATERIAL
1. Queen’s University Alumni Review 1968 – includes tribute to David Armitage Gillies
2. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources publication “White Pine – Ontario Celebrates Its History” 1984
Items Transfered from Arnprior McNab/Braeside Archives to Lanark Co. Archives February 2013
Arnold Muirhead fonds 1995-0047. A few documents were photocopied before being transferred to Lanark. They are contained in BOX 4 above
Folder 1 – Description of Contents pertaining to Canada Woolen Mills of Carleton Place.
1. Bank of Ottawa account book belonging to John Gillies (Braeside) for Woolen Dept. 1902
2. Agreement outlining formation of the John Gillies Estate Co. Ltd. 27 February 1897
3. Description of Right of Way to cross John Gillies Estate Woolen Factory property (undated)
4. Description of John Gillies Estate Woolen Factory property (undated)
5. Several drafts (with revisions) of Deed between John Gillies Estate Co. Ltd. to Canada Woolen Mills Ltd. 1900
6. Papers in connection with Canada Woolen Mills including correspondence
(Folder 2 - contained in BOX 2)
Transfer from Arnprior McNab/Braeside Archives to Lanark Co. Archives February 2013
Arnold Muirhead fonds 1995-0047
Folder 3 – Deeds and Legal papers pertaining to Daniel McLaren as described by Arnold Gillies Muirhead
1. Deed of Sale – Alexander McLaren to Daniel McLaren, 400 acres being whole of Lot 4, SW ½ of Lot 5 and the SW ½ of Lot 5 in the 5th Concession of Becwith for 400 lbs, 12 February 1844. Witnessed by John McDonald and Wm. Muirhead. Statuary declaration of witness made by John McDonald Nov 2 1870. The deed was not registered until Nov 3 1870. The present, registered copy was issued April 23, 1873.
2. Fire Insurance Policy – 37118 for $2200.00 issued by the Provincial Insurance Company of Canada to Daniel McLaren covering sawmill $1000.00 and a two storey frame building both located on Lot 14 in the 12th Concession of the Township of Beckwith dated July 10, 1869.
3. Lease – Daniel McLaren to George Alonzo Duley dated March 5 1873 covering Lots 4 and SW ½ Lot 5 of the 5th Concession of Beckwith with buildings etc. at $100.0 per year to run for 19 years and pay the taxes and keep under proper cultivation with reservation of the main part of the dwelling house and garden and certain services. This lease lasted only four years as abstract of Registry office shows this same property leased to John Clark & James Morphy on April 14 1877. It was also mortgaged along with SW ½ Lot 6 in the 5th Concession to the Canadian Permanent Building and Savings Society July 21 1873.
4. Mortgage in Fee – Daniel McLaren to Canada Permanent Buildings & Savings Society for $4000.00 for Lot 4 and the SW ½ of Lots 5 & 6 in the 5th Concession of Township of Beckwith, 400 acres, to run for 10 years. Repayment at rate of $619.209 annually, 21 July 1873.
5. Lease – Daniel McLaren to John Clark and James Morphy dated April 14, 1877 covering Lots 4 and the SW ½ of Lot 5 of the 5th Concession of Beckwith at $100.00 per year to run for 13 years with similar reservations as in the Duley Lease (above).
6. Mortgage in Fee – Daniel McLaren to the Canada Permanent Building & Savings Society for $2600.00 for Lots 4 and the SW ½ of Lots 5 & 6 in the 5th Concession of Township of Beckwith, dated March 25 1879. Repayment at the rate of $320.45 annually for 15 years.
7. Review of Chain of Ownership – of Lots 4 and the SW ½ of Lots 5 & 6 in the 5th Concession of Township of Beckwith, from the Crown Grant onwards to May 1873.
8. Probate of Will – of Daniel McLaren who died Nov 15 1879. This will was dated march 25 1879. Duncan McLaren and John R. McLaren were named as executors but they renounced their right to the probate and the Surrogate Court granted letters of administration on Dec 19 1881 to Isabella McLeod one of the beneficiaries under the will who along with her sister Mary were his servants. This will left 500 lbs to his niece Jemima J. Muirhead which was mentioned in his sister Agnes’s will. He did not leave anything to Daniel and William Muirhead also mentioned in Ages’s will but left all the remainder of his estate including Lot 4 and SW ½ Lot 5 and SW ½ Lot 6 of Beckwith to Mary and Isabella McLeod. Apparently, Christina Muirhead, his nephew’s widow acting as guardian for her three children, had this will set aside.
Folder 4 – Deeds and Legal papers pertaining to Daniel McLaren as described by Arnold Gillies Muirhead
1. Copy of Wm Muirhead’s will May 12 1870. He died Nov 18 1870
1a. Copy of Alexander Muirhead’s will Sept 7 1852
2. Probate Estate of Wm Muirhead July 20 1878
3. Letter of Guardianship to Christina Muirhead April 8 1880
3a. Probate Estate of Ages McLaren June 10 1871
4. Assignment of Mortgage – Daniel McLaren mortgaged Lots 4, ½ of 5 & 6 on the 5th Concession for $6600 in 2 mortgages from The Canada Permanent Loan & Savings Co. July 21 1873. On his death the amount still outstanding was $3095.50 and the property devolved in Christina Muirhead’s inheritance.
5. She paid off the Canada Permanent on Sept 9 1880 by mortgaging the property to Catherine Forgie on Sept 98 1880 for $2500.00 at 8%.
6. Deed of Bargain & Sale – Daniel McLaren to Samuel Bell March 25 1879 covering Lot 125 Section B Village of Carleton Place (the stone house eventually owned by the Muirhead’s) for a certain annuity and $200.00 in cash. This is No. 37 Bell Street.
7. Annuity Deed – Samuel Bell to Daniel McLaren dated March 25 1879 of $100.00 per year paid half yearly during the life time of Daniel McLaren. (Note Daniel died Nov 15, 1879)
8. Mortgage – July 16 1879 Samuel Bell mortgaged the property referred to in item 6 above, namely, Lot 125 with the stone house to Ellen Spalding of the Township of North Elmsly for $800.00 at 9% interest.
9. Mortgage – August 28 1879 Samuel Bell obtained a secured mortgage for $815.00 on Lot 125 referred to above from Alice Metcalf, widow of Carleton Place, payable in 3 years at 9% interest.
10. Assignment of Mortgage – Alice Metcalf assigned Oct 4 1880 to Christina Muirhead the mortgage referred to in item 9 above for $886.00 with Samuel Bell being a witness to the transaction.
11. Assignment of Mortgage – Ellen Spalding assigned Dec 20 1880 to Christina Muirhead the mortgage referred to in item 10 above for $1000.00. Samuel Bell was in default of interest from July 16 1879. Bell was not a witness to this assignment.
12. Final Order Foreclosure – High Court of Justice, Chancery Division. Muirhead vs Bell Jan 15 1883. Bell was debarred and foreclosed from all rights of redemption of the mortgaged premises. Hence, Christina Muirhead obtained possession of the stone house at Lot 125.
13. Agreement – between Mary McLeod and Christina Muirhead December 5 1881. Mary and her sister Isabella were Daniel McLaren’s housekeepers. Apparently, Daniel McLaren in a death bed will, left all his estate to the McLeod sisters. Christina Muirhead was successful in recovering all the real estate and chattles.
14. Deed of Land – Peter McKay to Christina Muirhead, West ½ Lot 6 on the 5th Concession, Jan 9 1882.
15. Court Order – Christina Muirhead awarded guardianship of her three children all minors and that she and David Cameron are authorized to sign a lease of lands and premises (the saw mill and mill site at Carleton Place) to Peter McLaren of Perth.
16. Will - of John McEwen (newcome John), father of Christina Muirhead dated April 20, 1995. He died July 19 1893.
17. Agreement of Sale – Christina Muirhead et al to the Canadian Lumber Co. Nov 11 1887 covering the sale of Lots 124 and 137 Carleton Place (the sawmill & lumber yard) to take effect on the expiration of the lease to Peter McLaren which he assigned to the Canadian Lumber Co. namely May 20 1890 for $15000.00. The lease is the one referred to in item 15 above.
18. Agreement for Sale of Land between Christina Muirhead and Peter McKay and Alexander McKay dated Nov 26 1887 for Lots 4 and W ½ Lot 5 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith (300 acres) for $1800.00.
19. Quit Claim Deed – Christina Muirhead and Jemina J. Box to William John Muirhead as to their interest in Daniel Alexander Muirhead’s estate who died intestate July 23 1912 for Lots 124 and part of Lot 137 for a cash consideration.
20. Lease – Daniel McLaren to Peter Campbell dated March 31 1874 for the second flat in the frame house between the stone house and the Masonic hall on Lot 125 Bell Street, Carleton Place.
Folder 5 – Deeds and Legal papers pertaining to Estate of Daniel McLaren & Muirhead
1. Quit Claim Deed – James McRoris and Archibald McArthur, Jan 3 1882 for $100.00 for 2 parts of a part of the West ½ Lot 15 Concession 12 along the Mississippi River.
2. Quit Claim – Tom Morphy & Mary Morphy to Frances Brooks Jessop wife of Francis W. K. Jessop of Perth for 11 acres as part of SW ½ of Lot 15 in the 12th Concession for 5 shillings.
3. Memorial – relating to a Deed Jan 17 1826 between William John Morphy to Hugh Boulton for part of the NE ½ Lot 14 and all of the SW ½ of Lot 15 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith for 63 lbs 15 shillings.
4. Memorial – Agreement between Frances Brooks Wright (wife) and Francis William Kinnere Jessop of Beckwith (merchant) and Charles Henry Sache of Perth regarding 11 acres SW ½ Lot 15 Concession 12 and 200 acres E ½ Lot 13 Concession 10 of Ramsay and W ½ Lot 14 Concession 12 of Ramsay. Details of lands owned by Frances B. Wright before her marriage to Francis W. K. Jessop. 13 June 1840.
5. Deed - Francis William Kinnear Jessop of Bechwith and wife Frances Brooks Jessop to Charles Henry Sache of Perth and wife Jane Sache in trust to Archibald McArthur of Carleton Place (merchant) 1 April 1858 for 250 lbs for 11 acres as part of SW ½ Lot 15 Concession 12 of Beckwith. Mentions Hugh Boulton’s land and that Jane Sache bars her dower. Signed by John Murray and John Doran, Justices of the Peace for the United Counties of Lanark & Renfrew.
6. Deed – 4 Jan 1882 Alexander McArthur to John Gillies (Lumber merchant) of Carleton Place and wife Margaret for 40 thousand for 1 acre in Carlton Place as part of the NE ½ of Lot 14 and the SW ½ of Lot 15 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith. This parcel includes land and water and mill site on the Mississippi River. Witnessed by Joseph Jamieson of Almonte.
7. Deed – Bargain & Sale – Hugh Boulton of Carleton Place to Alexander McLaren for 350 lbs for NE ½ Lot 14 & SW ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith, April 14 1841
8. Bond – from Alexander McLaren to Hugh Boulton, for loan of 350 lbs to be repaid by Hugh Boulton by April 14 1846.
9. Deed – Bargain & Sale – Alexander McLaren to Hugh Boulton for 486 lbs for part of NE ½ Lot 14 & SW ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith, 14 April 1846.
10. Deed – Robert Bell & Emiline Bell to Hugh Bolton (Miller) for NE ½ of Lot 14 & SW ½ Lot 15 in Concession 12th, April 12 1850.
11. Bargain & Sale – Hugh Boulton to Robert Bell for 500 lbs for NE ½ Lot 14 and SW ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession, reserving to Alexander Morris, William Moore and Mannie Nowlan such portions of land deeded to them by Hugh Boulton, Feb 19 1848.
12. Bargain & Sale – Hugh Boulton to Allen McDonald (clothier) for part of NE ¼ Lot 14 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith for 10 lbs, March 17 1846.
13. Memorial – Hugh Boulton of Carleton Place (miller) and wife Mary to Alexander McArthur (merchant) for 100 lbs, part of NE ½ of Lot 14 and SW ½ of Lot 15 in the 12th Concession, September 8 1852.
14. Deed of Bargain & Sale – Hugh Boulton to Allen McDonald for part of NE ¼ of Lot 14 in the 12th Concession, 23 December 1857.
15. Copy of Will – Hugh Boulton, all lands and mill, buildings etc. to son Hugh Boulton with provisions to unmarried daughters Mary Ann, Nancy and Jane Boulton dated 14 Feb 1860.
16. Will – Hugh Boulton dated April 8 1858
17. Will – John Morphy dated November 13 1860
Folder 6 – Assorted land instruments
1. List - Description of Instruments starting June 11 1824 with Patent for East ½ of Lot 14 in the 12th Concession and West ½ of Lot 15 being 80 acres each to William Morphy, and ending in 1860.
2. Letter – from William H. Whylie of Tweed & Shaw Mills of Carleton Place regarding lease agreement with A. McArthur dated October 17 1879
3. List – Description of Instruments starting 13 June 1827 with Deed from Hugh Boulton to William Moore and ending with Mortgage from Hugh Bolton to A. McArthur.
4. Description of 2 parcels of lands – part of W ½ Lot 15 Concession 12, William Neelin to A. McArthur for 5 acres, (undated).
5. Abstract of Title – for Lot 18 and North ½ Lot 19 of 7th Concession of Beckwith, March 26 1884
6. Abstract of Title – for Lot B, Section D in Carleton Place dated 23 December 1881.
7. Abstract of Title – for Lot 73, Section D in Carleton Place dated 23 December 1881.
8. Abstract of Title – for E ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith dated 23 December 1881.
9. Abstract of Title – for W ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession dated 23 December 1881
10. Map – drawn by Arnold Gillies Muirhead of Lot 14 and 15 in the 12th Concession of Beckwith.
11. Deed – James Morphy & Mary Morphy of Carleton Place to Napoleon Lavallee for $950.00 for
E ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession being 40 acres dated November 3 1869.
12. Deed – Napoleon & Sarah Lavallee to Archibald McArthur, for $550.00 for E ½ Lot 15 in the 12th Concession being 40 acres dated September 21 1870.
13. Various assessment notices and receipts for James Gillies and John Gillies.
14. Manitoba lands – Correspondence and Receipts for taxes and abstract of title for land belonging to John Gillies (various dates)
15. Manitoba lands – Memo of Estate accounts
16. Winnipeg Deed – James Penrose to John Gillies for Section 5 in the 6th Township in Range 1 West of the meridian line.
17. Statement – regarding land in County of Provencher belonging to Sara Vandal, wife of Joseph Sutherland.
Folder 7 – Miscellaneous documents
1. Folder of Descriptions and Conditions of Sale of Property Belonging to the Estate of the late John Gillies. 7 parcels are listed along with Terms of Purchase for property in Cobden, Beckwith, Carleton Place, Winnipeg and Manitoba lands
2. Eighteenth Annual Report of the Directors for the Ontario Industrial Loan and Investment Co. dated 31st December 1898.
3. Envelope with Reliance Loan and Savings Co. of Ontario Carleton Place Local Board brochures dated 1887. Findlay McEwan Esquire is listed.
Folder 2 (Oversized) – Deeds and Legal papers pertaining to Daniel McLaren as described by Arnold Gillies Muirhead
1. Crown Grant – to Robert Smith of the Township of Drummond in the County of Carleton District of Johnston late sergeant in his Majesty’s Royal Marines, 100 acres being the NE ½ of Lot 4 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, County of Carleton, 23 February 1822.
2. Deed of Sale – from Robert Smith to Robert Goodfellow, 100 acres being NE ½ of lot 4 in the 5th Concession of, County of Carleton for 20 lbs, 27 November 1824.
3. Deed of Sale – from Robert Goodfellow to Alexander McLaren, 100 acres being NE ½ of lot 4 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, County of Carleton for 80 lbs, 24 August 1830.
4. Crown Grant – to John McAllum of the Township of Beckwith, immigrant settler, 100 acres SW ½ of lot 4 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, County of Carleton, 13 April 1824. Appropriation of 14 2/7 acres for Clergy Reserve in Lot 5 of the second Concession.
5. Deed of Sale – from John McAllum to Duncan McDonald, 100 acres, SW ½ of lot 4 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, County of Carleton, 11 February 1836 for 55 lbs signed by John McAllum. Duncan McDonald to Alexander McLaren dated 18 February 1836 for SW ½ of lot 4 in the 5th Concession.
6. Crown Grant – to William Goodfellow of the Township of Beckwith, immigrant settler, 100 acres being the SW ½ Lot 5 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, 19 May 1824. Appropriation of 14 2/7th acres for Clergy Reserve in Lot 17 of the 3rd Concession.
7. Deed of Sale – from William Goodfellow to Alexander Ferguson, 200 acres being the SW ½ Lot 5 in the 5th Concession and SW ½ of Lot 6 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, for 140 lbs, dated 16 October 1830.
8. Deed of Sale – William Stacey to William Goodfellow, 100 acres being the SW ½ of Lot 6 in the 5th Concession of Beckwith, for 50 lbs, 2 June 1829.
The records have been arranged according to subject and in most cases reflect the original order that they were received.
Records relating to the “Save the Grove” project (later known as the Land Preservation Society of the Ottawa Valley) have been processed.
Mr. Muirhead was responsible for the donation of a large group of Gillies Bros. business records to the Archives of Ontario. Researchers interested in Gillies Bros. history should consult the inventory F150 located in Box 2 of this collection.
Accruals are not expected.
See also 2002-0149 Save The Grove/LPSOV fonds
See also Gillies Family Collection 95-0060
Arnprior & District Museum Collection 93-0005; Sub-Series - Industry and Sub-Series - People
2 m of textual records; 389 b&w ; 17 col. photos; 25 negatives; 9 maps
About 2% of the records show damage caused by fire and water.
History / Biography
The first Gillies to sail to Canada from Stirlingshire, Scotland, on the “David” of London were James Gillies, his daughter Janet (21 years old), and his two sons John (1811-1888), and George (9 years old) in 1821. The Gillies first settled on Lot 10, Concession 5, in Lanark Township, about 3 miles from Middleville. In 1831, John (the eldest son) settled on a grant of land at Lot 9, Concession 3, and also purchased an additional 100 acres, making a total of 300 acres. In 1839, John married Mary Cullen Bain; they had 6 sons and 3 daughters. In 1842, John built his first sawmill on the Clyde River, 3 miles north of the village of Lanark, Ontario. In the early 1870’s, John sold the Gillies Mills at Carleton Place to John Herron and bought the sawmill at Braeside from the Hon. Asa Foster (who had previously purchased it from Rev. Henry Usborne) and 250 square miles of timber limits on the Coulonge and Picanoc Rivers. Over the years, the Gillies acquired extensive timber limits in the counties of Lanark, Frontenac, Renfrew and Pontiac, building one of the largest timber dynasties in the business and employing hundreds of men in the bush and the mill.
The collection was originally stored at the house called “The Grove” in Arnprior, the home of David Ackland Gillies (James Gillies’ brother) and later in the donor’s garage. Donated by Jayne Gillies (nee Nimmons), widow of George Brodie Gillies (the nephew of David Ackland Gillies and director of Gillies Bros., Ltd. from about 1950 to 1965) in July 1995. The donor initially offered the collection to the National Archives of Canada. Upon reviewing the contents of the collection, the National Archives suggested that the Arnprior and District Archives be approached. Jayne Gillies approached Peter Hessel, who started the process of having the collection assessed and accepted for donation. The Arnprior and District Archives acquired the first records in July 1995
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, financial and legal documents, some printed material and other records relating to the business activities of the Gillies family and the administration of the estate of James Gillies. The fonds is divided into three sub-groups: I. James Gillies, II. James Gillies Estate, and III. Business Operations. Within these sub-groups, the records are further divided into series. The records provide good information on the lumbering business, investments, estate management, and insurance. The majority of the photographs are of the logging sites and of the Gillies Bros., Ltd. mill and its operations. There are nine maps described separately (Cabinet #1 Drawer #4)
This collection has met the required criteria for “outstanding significance and national importance” as determined by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.
Gillies Family fonds.
I. James Gillies -- [before 1909]. -- 19 cm of textual records and 16 items.
James Gillies (1840-1909) was the eldest son of John (1811-1888) and Mary Cullen Bain Gillies (1818-1900) and the grandson of James Gillies and Helen Stark. In 1867, James came to Carleton Place as manager for John Gillies (his father) and Peter McLaren (later Senator McLaren) where he oversaw the operations of the sawmill. James also maintained his partnership with his brothers (William, David, and John Jr.) who had moved to Braeside. James married Eleanor Ackland. For several years, James was on the Board of Education and was also elder for St. Andrew’s Church. He was also a director of the Bank of Ottawa, a director of the Upper Ottawa Improvement Company, president of the John Gillies Estate Company, and president of the Gillies Bros., Limited.
James Gillies Sous-fonds
Correspondence. -- 1887-1921. -- 3 items.
Series consists of three copybooks containing copies of correspondence sent regarding investments, bank matters, shares and other business transactions as well as personal business. The first two copy books were written by James Gillies while in Carleton Place while the third, dating from 1906 - 1921 was written from Gillies Depot and Braeside, Ontario.
Title based on contents of series.
Some of the correspondence is illegible due to water damage.
Math book. -- 1853. -- 1 item.
Item is a school notebook in which James Gillies used to write out his math exercises.
Title based on contents of item.
Financial and legal documents. -- [before 1909]. -- 19 cm of textual records and 13 items.
Series consists of financial books (account books, bank books, cash books), cancelled cheques, receipts, insurance policies, and balance sheets. Records deal with such topics as the Gillies Bros. Ltd., life insurance, the shingle mill, the Life Association of Scotland Annual Report (1867), the Bank of Ottawa, the Merchants’ Bank of Canada, the Quinquonnial Declaration of Profits and the Achland & Co., Winnipeg.
Several bound books and loose papers damaged by water and fire.
II. James Gillies Estate Papers. -- [before 1952]. --123.6 cm of textual records.
The executors of his estate were the four sons: John Stark Gillies (from Braeside, died in 1938); Alfred James Gillies (from West Toronto; owned A.J. Gillies Manufacturing Co., West Toronto); George (Geo) Ackland Gillies (from Town of Carleton Place; later moved to Vancouver; he lived at 6690 Marine Crescent in Vancouver; he was a mining engineer out there); David Armitage Gillies (from Carleton Place, later owner of The Grove). James also left behind his wife (Eleanor Ackland; born 1841, died 1915; daughter of Hugh and Mary Bulger Ackland) and 3 daughters: Florence Gillies Campbell (or Mrs. K.C. Campbell; later moved to Winnipeg); Mary Eleanor Muirhead; Ida Gillies Robertson (married Neil Robertson in 1913). The widow and the three daughters were among the beneficiaries of the estate. According to a 1909 newspaper clipping, the estate was valued at $500,000 and $23,805 was paid in taxes on this amount. The sons kept extensive paperwork, from receipts for telegraph/gram and postal services to annual reports of the companies in which funds from the estate were being invested. The records show that the sons operated the estate as a business, providing regular income to its beneficiaries until the 1950’s. Some of the services the sons performed included the safekeeping of investments, attending to the transfers of investments when necessary, keeping the accounts of the trust, and buying/selling investments. Some of the areas of investment included real estate, lumber, manufacturing, telephone company and took the form of mortgages, debentures, securities, bonds, public stocks and shares.
James Gillies Estate Papers.
Bank of Ottawa. -- 1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding financial transactions related to the account at the Bank of Ottawa, located at Carleton Place, on behalf of J.S. Gillies, Esq. (for the Estate of the Late James Gillies), shares and notices of payment of dividends. Also included is a Bank of Ottawa Annual Report, 1909.
Laces & Braid Manufacturing. -- 1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence and a balance sheet for this company, located at West Toronto.
Life Insurance. -- 1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence with the Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, Life Association of Scotland, New York Life Insurance Co. and other insurance companies as well as with the Gillies Bros. Ltd. at Braeside.
Canadian Bank of Commerce. -- 1908-1909. -- 0.5 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding shares, notices of payment of dividends, a general statement issued by this Toronto bank, and an Annual Report, 1908.
Merchants’ Bank of Canada. -- 1908-1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding shares and stocks, a copy of the “Declaration of Transmission of Stock”, notices of payment of dividends sent by this Montreal bank, and an Annual Report, 1908.
Note: There is an article in The Arnprior Watchman of Jan. 17, 1919, page re the opening of the Arnprior branch of the Merchants’ Bank of Canada, giving location and details of staff.
Reliance Loan & Savings Co. of Ontario. -- 1898; 1904; 1906; 1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of annual reports (1898, 1904 and 1906) and the by-laws of this Toronto company. Also included is correspondence regarding stocks and sharers, and a copy of a “Power of Attorney to Transfer Stock”.
Toronto General Trusts Corporation. --1908-1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding shares, notice of payment of dividends, a 1908 Annual Report, a Manual and the by-laws of this corporation
Excelsior Life Insurance Co. -- 1898; 1905; 1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of Annual Reports (1898, 1905), a financial statement (1898) for this Toronto company, notices of payment of dividends, and correspondence regarding shares.
Credit Clearing House. -- 1905-1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of and other records regarding shares, agreement of consolidation and merger, and by-laws. Also included is a copy of a “Certificate of Incorporation” for this Chicago company and a 1907 Annual Statement.
Canada Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd. -- 1903-1905; 1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence, notices of annual meeting and other records about this Toronto company.
La Reina Co. Ltd. -- 1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence, notice to shareholders and a balance sheet for this Cuban company.
Gillies Bros. Ltd. -- 1908-1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding shares and invoices for this company at Braeside.
Interurban Electric Co. Ltd. and Stark T.L.P & System. -- 1905-1906; 1908-1909. --2 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding investments, other information about these Toronto companies, a 1906 Prospectus and booklet on Stark Telephone, Light, Power & System company.
Union Bank of Canada. -- 1907-1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding the account at Carleton Place and cancelled cheques.
Upper Ottawa Improvement Co. Ltd. -- 1909. -- 0.2 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding succession duty and shares held by the late Gillies.
Investment Offerings. -- 1909. -- 2.5 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence with numerous investment agents regarding the best investment opportunities. Some of the companies include Dominion Securities Corporation, AEmilius Jarvis & Co., Brent, Noxon & Co., Investment Trust Co. Ltd., Atlantic & Gulf Portland Cement Co., British Columbia Permanent Loan Co. and National Finance Co.
Mrs. Ida (Gillies) Robertson. -- 1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding requests for money from the estate and distribution thereof.
Alfred James Gillies. -- 1909. -- 0.5 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding the best ways to invest money from the estate and issues to resolve upon settling of the estate.
George Gillies. -- 1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding the settling of the estate and the taxes to be paid on the net value of the estate.
NOTE: Article in Chronicle, May 2, 1919, page 3 (N584, reel 2): Mr. Geo. W. Gillies has purchased the “handsome residence on the corner of John and Victoria Streets, from the estate of the late Walter C. Mackey.
Mary Eleanor Muirhead. -- 1909. -- 0.2 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence about money received.
Florence Campbell. -- 1909. -- 0.3 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding the settling of the estate.
Insurance and Burial Monument. -- 1909. -- 0.5 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence, diagram of monument, booklet on monuments, insurance policies and other records about the handling of the estate.
Accounts Paid. -- 1909. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence, receipts and invoices regarding the estate and the funeral.
Succession Duty. -- 1909. -- 0.5 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding the settling of the estate and the necessary papers required to do so. Copy of the “Statement of Succession Duty” and a copy of the ”Certificate of Discharge” (states succession duty on estate has been fully paid) are among some of the other records included.
Valuation of Stocks. -- 1908-1909. -- 0.5 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence regarding investments, transfers of these to executors as well as a copy of an ”Inventory of J. Gillies Estate Accounts & Mortgages with Interest Computed to January 22, 1909”.
Mrs. Eleanor Gillies, Papers of the Estate. -- Oct. 1915 to May 1916. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series consists of a copy of the last will and testament as well as receipts and correspondence.
J.A.S. Gillies Estate. -- 1907--1921; 1934-1952. --109 cm of textual records.
Series consists of correspondence, financial and legal documents, and printed material. The correspondence covers areas such as the following: investments (shares, bonds, securities, mortgages, trust funds), how best to invest, how current investments are faring, solicitors’ services and expenses, requests for money by family members and receipts to acknowledge amounts received, thank you letters for bequests received, insurance, property tax notices, value of estate and its distribution thereof at regular intervals, James Ackland’s funeral, household expenses, Chas E. Campbell and others in Saskatchewan and Haddington Farms Limited, the death of Aunt Nellie Gillies in 1919, inquiries about the Estate of James Delamere Lafferty (1942).
The financial documents include such documents as the following: cancelled cheques, interest statements, annual balance sheets showing distribution of assets, monthly statements, property tax invoice, transactions, receipts, statements of account for E. Gillies, E. Muirhead, F.E. Campbell, Ida Gillies, Geo Gillies, D.A. Gillies, list of bonds held by estate, Town of Leduc Debentures, Town of Saanich Debentures, account transfers (old account: “Estate James Gillies” and new account: “James Gillies Trust Account”), accounts (Estate of late William Gillies; Estate of late James Gillies; Estate of late James Gillies Trust Account), income tax returns (T3s), meetings of and notices to shareholders, notices of payment of dividends, and cash and journal vouchers.
The legal documents include such documents as the following: a certified true copy of the last will and testament of James Gillies (1934), a copy of the last will of Florence Gillies Campbell (1949), a copy of ”Statement of Securities to be held in trust for Mrs. Muirhead, Mrs. Robertson and Mrs. Campbell under the will of the late James Gillies” (1921) , Saskatchewan Mortgage (1915-1916), inventories of the estate, certificates (such as for the registration of James’ death), and agreements.
The other records include circulars, annual reports, clippings (such as James’ obituary notice in The Arnprior Watchman, January 29, 1909), published copies about companies and general topics. Some of these are as follows: A.J. Gillies Manufacturing Co.; A.E. Ames & Co.; AEmilius & Jarvis Co.; Bank of Ottawa; Bank of Nova Scotia; Bell Telephone; Bethlehem Steel; B.C. Packers; Black Lake Consolidated Asbestos Co. Ltd.; Canada Bank of Commerce; Credit Clearing House Syndicate; Canada Cycle & Motor; Cache Creek Timber Co. in West Arm of Quatsino Sound, B.C.; City of Regina; Canada Securities Corp. Ltd.; Dominion Textile Co.; Eastman Kodak Company; Excelsior Life Insurance Co.; Ford Motor Company of Canada; Gillies Bros. Ltd.; Haddington Farms Limited; (J.S. Gillies, President); Head Office: Arnprior; Farms: Sovereign, Saskatchewan; Have You Made Your Will? booklets; Interurban Electric Co.; Laces and Braids Manufacturing Co.; Lake Shore Mines Ltd.; LaReina Co. Ltd.; Merchants’ Bank; National Finance Co. Ltd.; Noranda Mines; Power Station of Simcoe Railway & Power Co. Ltd. at the “Big Chute” Severn River, 1911; Reliance Loan & Saving Co.; Russell Motor Car Co.; Stark T.L. & P. System Ltd.; Standard Reliance; Succession Duty Act, 1907; Toronto General Trusts; and Young McEvoy, Barristers and Solicitors.
III. Business Operations. -- 1899-ca. 1980. -- 389 b&w and 17 col. photos, 0.2 cm of textual records (pamphlet and poster), 8 cards and 25 negatives.
John Gillies (1811-1888) came to Canada in 1821. In the 1840’s, he built a water-driven sawmill five miles north of the village of Lanark, at a place then called Gillies Mills (now known as Herron’s Mills). In 1862, he purchased the Gilmour limits on the Mississippi River and a sawmill at Carleton Place for his sons; he enlarged this sawmill to a capacity of 20 million feet. (This sawmill was later purchased by the McLaren and Edward’s interests and operated under the name of the Canada Lumber Co.). In 1872 or 1873, Gillies bought the Braeside sawmill (which came to be known as the Gillies Bros., Ltd.) from the Reverend Henry Usborne (an absentee English proprietor who built the mill in 1869 on the completion of the Canada Central Railway to Sand Point, 2 miles west of Braeside) and also purchased 200 square miles of timber limits on the Coulonge River in Quebec. With the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885, the Gillies Bros., Ltd. focused its efforts on developing Canadian markets for sawn lumber as well as export markets to the United States, the United Kingdom, and the West Indies. On July 4, 1910, a fire destroyed the west lumber yard containing 29 million board feet of lumber at Braeside; the sawmill was not damaged. But, in 1919, there was another fire and the sawmill was destroyed. However, by 1920-1921, a new electrically driven brick and concrete mill was erected. At that time, it was the first
fireproof mill of its kind in Canada. In 1945-1946, the Temagami mill (also known as the Gillies Brothers town site) was built on the narrows of Cassels, Snake and Ross Lakes in McLaren Township; by 1947, the Temagami mill started sawing logs in 1957, Temagami mill closed down and the logs were sent by water to the plant at Braeside. In 1953, the company had upwards of 1800 square miles of timber limits on the Coulonge, Black, and Schyan (or Schwyan) Rivers in Quebec and the Petawawa, Madawaska, Matabitchouan and Sturgeon Rivers in Ontario, all under lease from the Ontario and Quebec governments. In November 1963, the Gillies sold its Braeside mill to Consolidated Bathurst. Over the years, the following were the presidents: James Gillies (1842-1909), John Gillies (1909-1914), David Gillies (1914-1926), John S. Gillies (1926-1938), David A. Gillies (1938-1959) and Chairman of the Board (1959-1961), John A. Gillies Jr. (1961-1962), Arnold G. Muirhead (1962-1968), W.W. Bud Gillespie and then R.A. Nugent.
Series contains photos depicting such aspects as the following: Gauthier Rapids and Dam, spring drive, Gilchrest camp 6 or 8 miles below Crow River bridge or 5 miles below Coulonge River, Coulonge River, Brodie Gillies in 1938 and 1940, logging operations (for example, log jams, teams of horses, scenes of logs and camp in winter), Usborne Depot and its buildings (office, cookery, camp, blacksmith shop), clerk’s corner, Coulonge chute and old government slide discarded around 1925, John Carty, and J. McDonald.
Petawawa and Brent. -- [before 1940]. -- 42 b&w photos.
Series contains photos depicting such aspects as the following: water tank for icing sleigh-haul roads, Gillies Depot at Cedar Lake in Algonquin Park, dams made by loggers for flood control on Petawawa, loading heights, shanty and camp scenes, side pier, spring camp at Perley Marsh, swamp road, log piles, Brent log dump, blacksmith, D.A. and Brodie Gillies inspecting logs, men working with pike poles, truck hauls, Joe Farrell, swamp road, log piles, and picnic aboard the William Douglas boat (Gillies alligator on Chats Lake).
Series contains photos depicting such aspects as the following: Gillies Bros. and Co. Ltd. at Braeside in 1970, Cedar Mill at Black Point built in 1898 (timber came mostly from Madawaska Limits towed up from Arnprior), and old mill at Braeside.
Series contains photos depicting such aspects as the following: Pine Creek and Montreal River chute at Cassels Lake built by John Gillies Sr. around 1912, area flooded by Ontario Hydro Dam in 1980’s, Howard Chute 5 miles below Gillies Depot (Gillies limit from Booth and Lumsden), Pine Creek slide--1.5 miles long built in winter in 1905-1906 and located 12 miles below Gillies Depot on Montreal River, Jag Lake Camp No. 3, Cecil Hutson’s locomotive driver and locomotive, back end of Temagami mill, mill’s construction, mill buildings (garage, horse barn, boiler house, office, cookhouse, staff quarters, machine shop, water tower, ice house, 11 cottages with inside toilets, running water, and other modern conveniences), logging at Gillies’ Temagami limit, Rabbitt Lake dump, slide from Rabbitt Lake to Matabitchewan River, Joe Hogan (a lumber grader) calling out contents of each board, loading pine onto a railroad box car, Sloan Watters and Bud Doering, and hydraulic power air compressor.
Chats Falls and Timber Slide. -- 1902-1905; 1909; ca. 1950. -- 1 pamphlet and 14 b&w photos.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: pamphlet on Chats Falls Development owned by the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission and the Ottawa Valley Power Company located at Chats Falls (near Fitzroy Harbour) on the Ottawa River (35 miles west of Ottawa), crib of timber (1902-1905), men repairing bottom of slide to keep cribs from upending and diving when leaving the slide, timber slide at Falls before dam built at Fitzroy Harbour built (1909), and picnic party at Chats slide.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: Camboose camp in Algonquin Park similar to those of square timber camps used to house 25 to 30 men (about 1959), Parliament Buildings before fire and John R. Booth’s rafts (about 1909), cookhouse on a raft, Ottawa River at Rideau Canal before Alexandria Bridge was built, Gillies bridge at Carleton Place, John R. Booth below Parliament Buildings burned in 1916-1917 (oversized item), sawmill at Carleton Place, Duncan Stewart’s mill at Waba, Booth’s raft of pine timber with last of sailing ships about
1890 taken at Sharples and Dobell’s coves in Sillery, Quebec (photo is oversized — moved to BOX G8.1 — and entitled Old Timber Days), Canadian Lumbermen’s Association in Montreal on February 5, 1941 for the 33rd Annual Meeting (F. Bronskill, Brodie Gillies, Dean Earring are identified on this oversized photo), poster entitled Canoe Voyage of Viscount Monck (Monk?) and Lady Monck, Canada’s Governor General, 1861-1868, reprints from the collections of the Public Archives of Canada (Nos. C-609, T-916, C-6096) and the Archives of Ontario (Macnamara collection).
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: mill, log truck, boiler house, turbines bought for $13,000, burner, smoke stack, square timber raft, cooking crib, engine room showing generator and switchboard, log boom, and sorting table.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: the hauling of logs to skid way and river across from Deep River, team of horses ready to pull logs to dump, dump below Indian Point and Jake Stewart, logs piled on frozen river waiting for ice to break up and be transported to sawmill, notes given on back of photo about moving logs (summary: two “pigs feet” on end of a chain are hooked into ends of logs; logs are then hauled up by a team and placed on a sled-type thing by a top loader or “sky piece”; men hold the ropes that are attached to “pigs feet” and keep logs from swinging).
Braeside Mill and Flood. -- 1958-1959. -- 16 b&w photos.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: inside mill, logs and machinery, and areas of site effected by water.
Cards. -- [before 1950]. -- 8 cards.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: Christmas cards (one made of wood sheet) and other cards of log drive at Coulonge River, timber slide on Ottawa River in 1840, winter log pile at Braeside, winter cruise party, Gillies mill, and Chaudière slide in Ottawa.
Modernization of Mill. -- 1920-1958. -- 100 b&w and 14 col. photos and 25 negatives.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: truck loader, bulldozer, truck with train of sleighs at Petawawa, three-point attachment for a “V” plow, a plow that fits into a three-point attachment, kilns/dryers, storage shed, aerial views of mill site and buildings, piping, work areas, and men sorting wood planks.
Moving Pictures. -- ca. 1935. -- 11 b&w and 1 col. photos.
Series contains records depicting such aspects as the following: scenes from The Eternal Enemy and The Immortal Struggle (about man’s struggle against nature’s elements) filmed at Temagami and Rabbitt River.
Art and photo items: Map Cabinet 3 Drawer 10
1. Oil painting of Gillies Mill in 1920 painted by G. Muirhead, framed, 14” x 12.5”
2. Oil painting of the house of Elizabeth Ogilvie Brodie Gillies in Montreal painted by Mrs. Jean Howard Cliff, circa 1800, framed, 15” x 12”
3. Black and white photo, James Family Group Portrait, taken in Carleton Place, about 1890, 23” x 21”, framed
4. John Gillies portrait print by Castonguay, framed, 18” x 22.5”
5. A schedule for breakfast and tea, inscription on back reads “M.F. Campbell”, Mrs. J.S. Gillies hung this item in her home for many years, framed, 6” x 7.5”
6. Black and white photo of Gillies House in Carleton Place which burned about 1914, framed, 14.5” x 12.75”
7. Black and white photo of Ida Gillies Robertson at the “Retreat” (451 Madawaska Blvd.), 1916, (Moved to G12.1 Family Photos file)
8. Black and white photo of Eleanor Ackland Gillies, framed, 12.5” x 15.5”
9. Black and white photo of Neil Robertson (Moved to G12.1 Family Photos file)
10. Black and white photo of John Stark Gillies, framed, 8.75 x 12”
11. Black and white photo of James Gillies, framed, 12.5” x 15.25”
12. Two black and white aerial photos of Gillies Mill at Braeside, 16.25” x 17.5” (Moved to Map Cabinet #1, Drawer 14)
13. Card and envelope; sketch of grist mill by G. Muirhead on card
14. Black and white photo of George Brodie Gillies, 1963, framed 8” x 11”
3 samples of fabric (1. blue, black and red; 2. white and black; 3. blue and white); a note attached to the fabric reveals that fabric was used in a wedding petticoat and trousseau brought from Lanark, late 1890’s.
Textual records: BOX G9.1, BOX G9.2
Financial Statements of Gillies Bros. & Co. Ltd., 1958 to 1963
Gillies Bros. & Co. Ltd., Financial Booklet, November 1965
Twenty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Canadian Lumbermen’s Association, January 31 and February 1, 1993
Gillies and Milne Price List, May 15, 1962
Gillies and Milne Price List, August 1, 1962
File called “Old Mill Production”, 1953 and 1957
File of clippings, 1937, 1967, 1970 (Centennial celebration, Museum opening, Kennedy mill at Waba Creek, and more)
File on the Grove, 1991
File with clippings and other information (ex. curriculum vitaes of G. Brodie Gillies and D. Armitage Gillies, clippings about Arnprior, D.A. Gillies’ funeral)
File on Gillies Bros. Ltd. and other information (ex. unveiling of historical plaque, 97-0082 programs, program for the commemorative service of the restoration of Middleville Pioneer Cemetery restoration, copy of article from Canadian Homes and Gardens (October 1938 issue) on the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Gillies, article from thr Arnprior Guide (Ocotber 13, 1978) on shanty gangs)
File on Heather MacLeod Gillies (1918-1990) and John Ackland Gillies (?-1970) (parents of John Bruce Gillies)
File on Sarah Duffy and David Caldwell, Janet Sheila Ross and Warner Keith Masters, Linda Ross and Douglas Thatcher Keep, Eden Maureen and John Keith Masters
File on Norman and Margaret Gillies family (clippings)
File on the Campbell’s family (children of Florence Gillies Campbell)
File on Mrs. N.S. Robertson (clippings)
File on Muirhead family (clippings and wedding announcements)
File on Mrs. D.A. Gillies (Jessie Herchmer)
File containing life membership certificates for D.A. Gillies,
File on the Post Office building (now housing the Museum)
File on Booth lumbering family of Ottawa
Stack of about 100 business cards of D.A. Gillies
File with clippings on Buchanan history, Chats Lake chute and Chief McNab
File with clippings on Arnprior and area (ex. Jean MacNamara Cunningham’s home at 12 Daniel Street, the archives, dam on Madawaska River, McLachlin Brothers, Pakenham, Diamond Park, Edgar Burwash, Arnprior Centennial in 1962)
File on Arnprior Historical Society (copies of photos of the Grist mill which burned down soon after Ontario Hydro bought it)
File on Grove Nursing Home property
File on Governor General’s refusal of the Gillies residence (the Grove) and Nursing Home Plan and Severance
File on the Grove, purchased by the Oblates, 1986
File on Town of Arnprior’s Landfill Site (Lot 10, Concession B, Site A.412603)
File of clippings and photos of Lot 10, Concession B
A Hundred Years A-Fellin’, 1842 to 1942 by Charlotte Whitton, and booklet about mill published by Consolidated-Bathurst Inc.; these 2 publications were purchased from Pat Bolger.
File Level List of material donated by Jayne Gillies in 2003 which pertain mainly to her husband Brodie Gillies:
1. Mrs. D. A. Gillies (correspondence and notebooks)
2. Gillies Photographs & Maps
3. G. Brodie Gillies Will etc.
4. Misc. Brodie Gillies Correspondence
5. G. Brodie Gillies - personal records
6. Brodie Gillies - Employment records 1937 - 1965
7. Brodie Family History
8. D. A. Gillies
9. Gillies Family History
10. Pocket Ready Recorder 1840
11. Correspondence 1842 - 1889
12. Upper Ottawa Improvement Co. 1908 - 1963
13. Misc. Newspaper Clippings
14. Gillies Bros. History - Misc. documents 1911 - 1961
15. Local History (Bytown, Braeside)
16. Arnold Muirheard
17. Misc. Lumbering and Travel pamphlets
18. Gillies Bros. business cards, postcards and letterhead
19. Ardchatton, J. S. Gillies' Home in Braeside, including leather-boud guestbook from 1920-37 (moved from G11.2)
20. Canadian Homes & Gardens 1938 issue with feature about D.A. Gillies home "The Grove"
21. Canada Lumberman, June 1956, article by Brodie Gillies
22. John S. Gillies, Queen's University records
Published articles and paper: Map Cabinet 1 Drawer 4
Envelope consists of misc. newspaper clippings and magazine articles documenting such aspects as the following: food in Canadian lumber camps; D.A. Gillies' home; the building of a traditional canoe and the history of Arnprior. Also includes whole issues of 1895 Scottish American Journal and 1955 Arnprior issue of the Ottawa Journal; this envelope is of uncertain provenance.
Previously referred to as the “Jayne and Brodie Gillies Papers” and the “James Gillies collection”.
Further accruals are not expected.
The Archives of Ontario in Toronto also houses records about the Gillies family (F150).
See also: Arnold Muirhead fonds, Accession #1995-0047
See also: Arnprior District Museum Collection, Gillies Family Series, Accession #1993-0005
The first provincial census in what is now Ontario took place in May 1842. Government bodies responsible for returns have been the Department of Agriculture in the 1800’s, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics in the 1900’s, and Statistics Canada in the 1960’s.
The census returns were copied by the Arnprior & District Archives from Microfilm copies at the Library & Archives Canada in 1995.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 4 census returns, 1842 McNab Township (includes people in Arnprior & Braeside); 1851-1852 and 1861 McNab Twp. (includes Braeside) & Arnprior (Arnprior enumerated separately because by this time, it was a town); 1901 McNab Township and Arnprior.
Census Returns list every member of each family for McNab Township for 1851-1852; 1861 and 1901. The 1842 census lists only the head of each household; however, it does include many columns of statistical information about all of its members. The returns were done by district or county (made up of municipalities, townships, and villages) by an assessment officer who swore an oath that the information collected was accurate and true. The returns give age, occupation, birthplace (usually country or province) and religion. If person not home that day, then person enumerated elsewhere; if person born outside Canada, only name of country is given (not town, village, or city in that country). The returns are done by concession and lot nos. for country addresses done and by streets for city address done. Braeside enumerated separately once it became a village in 1921; in 1901, 2 types of returns were done: 1. individual--Schedule 1 and 2. property--Schedule 2; use the lot and concession nos. to connect the 2 schedules; see nos. in far left columns.
Abbreviations, spellings & definitions found on the returns include:
Range = Lot
W = Wooden
B = Brick
S = Stone
Dom = Domestic
Galiek = Gaelic
C.S. = Church of Scotland
F.C. = Free Church
W.M. + Wesleyan Methodist
R.C. = Roman Catholic
E.C. = Episcopal Church (Church of England)
Some population stats:
1842 700 Twp. of McNab
1901 8,000 Twp. of McNab + Arnprior
1995 12,000 winter Twp. of McNab
24,000 summer Twp. of McNab
See also File Folders “Census information” and “Voters’ Lists” in Peter Hessel collection Accession #1994 0021.
Donated by Eric Wright in October 1996. See collection file for more information regarding donation.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of receipts, assessment notices, letters, cards belonging to the John McMillan family of Lochwinnoch in the Township of McNab, Renfrew County. Also included in fonds is a black and white photograph of unidentified man (dedicated to J. A. Gillies) dated 1902.
1. Black and white photo signed by J. A. Grant, M.D. Ottawa, October 24, 1902.
2. Letter from John Gillies to C.D. McPhee, April 18, 1913
3. Greeting card from Mary A. Stewart to Willard McMillan
4. Greeting card from W.C. (or M.C.?) Taylor to Alex McMillan
5. Receipt for $40.00 from John McMillan, February 17, 1877
6. Property Assessment of Concession 8, Lot 27 and 26, owned by John McMillan, December 4, 1886
7. Receipt for $25.00 to John McMillan, February 18, 1889
8. Property Assessment of Concession 8, Lot 27 and 26, owned by John McMillan, 1869
9. Property Assessment of Concession 8, Lot 27 and 26, owned by John McMillan, 1889
10. Telegram to John McMillan, no date
11. List of birth notices; names stated include the following: Peter McMillan, James McMillan, John McMillan, Duncan McMillan, Alexander McMillan, Janet McMillan, Mary McMillan, Donald McMillan
12. Property Assessment of Concession 8, Lot 27 and 26, owned by John McMillan, 1883
13. Property Assessment of Concession 8, Lot 27 and 26, owned by John McMillan, 1873
14. Property Assessment of Concession 8, Lot 27, owned by John McMillan, 1855
15. Receipt to John McMillan for $1.25, March 18, 1897
16. Promissory note for $25.00 from John McMillan, July 9, 1889
17. Promissory note for 2 pounds, 10 shillings, from John McMillan, May 10, 1852 (1858?)
18. Promissory note for $37.00 from Willard McMillan, October 6, 1931
Relationship between McMillan family items and J. A. Gillies is unknown.
1m of textual records; photographic records; cartographic records
History / Biography
Robert Alexander (R.A.) Stewart born October 18, 1913 was the son of Milton Lindsay Stewart and Mary McGregor. He married Fanny Isabel Cherry (daughter of Robert and Mary Carswell) December 29, 1933. Together they had six children; Mary 'Joan' McGregor Stewart, Janet 'Faye' Stewart, Robert 'Neil' Stewart, James 'Lindsay' Stewart, Katherine Ann 'Kathy' Stewart, and Milton 'Laird' Stewart.
R. A. Stewart, a resident of Glasgow, was employed by the Smith Construction Company of Arnprior as Field Office Manager for approximately twenty years and was an elder at the Glasgow United Church. He served on many municipal and Renfrew County boards such as the Victoria Order of Nurses and contributed greatly to the well being of the Township of McNab.
Please see "Eighty Years of Memoires in Renfrew County" written by R. A. Stewart in 1994 for a more comprehensive account of the Stewart family's immigration from Argyleshire Scotland through the years to Mr. Stewart's move to Quail Creek Retirement home in Renfrew in 1994. The publication is contained in a green duotang is located in the Reading Room. Mr. Stewart died in April 2000 and is buried in the Sand Point Public Cemetery.
Donated by Neil Stewart, son of R. A. Stewart, October 1998, May 1999, 2005, 2011and 2015
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various records that relate to Robert A. Stewart’s work and involvement in such organizations as the Big Pine Country Association, Renfrew County Council, the Lower Madawaska Planning Board, and McNab Township Council as well as other organizations. A small amount of personal material is also included in the fonds. See also item level descriptions of several maps in the Robert A. Stewart fonds whic are described in this database.
File 1 - McNab Township VOTERS’ LISTS. -- 1943; 1950-1952; 1965 and 1968-1970. -- 6 cm of textual records.
File also contains voters’ lists for Barry’s Bay, Eganville, Killaloe Station, South Algona, and McNab Twp.
DAY BOOKS from Smith's Construction provide a glimpse of Stewart's work for Smith's Construction but also record weather, sports news and other misc details from 1961-1977 (with gaps)
File 2. Seven b&w photographs circa 1903 showing bridge construction across Saskatchewan River at Clark's Crossing for the Canadian Northern Railway. Milton Stewart and some other McNab Township residents went out west to work on this construction project.
File 1. R. A. STEWART. -- 1945 - 1992. -- 5 cm of textual records; one ledger; 3 x b&w photographs
File contains handwritten ledger where R. A. Stewart recorded sales or pick-up and delivery to Montreal of hogs and other livestock. In the front of this ledger R.A. Stewart recorded the results of the 1943 election. File also contains the Rules of Order for the Board of Education for the Town of Arnprior 1929, various service programs, personal correspondence, copy of "Eighty Years of Memories in Renfrew County, etc.
- R. A. Stewart sitting with other men association with Victory Bond Committee for Arnprior, McNab and Braeside taken at a dinner at the Newbyrne Hotel circa 1940 - 1941. Names identified in Arnprior Chronicle 11 Dec 1985: Jack Rafter, Donald Dewar, Jim Forrest, Andrew McNab, James B. Havey, J.W.S. Wilson, Norman McLachlan, Charlie Mulcahy, John R. Steele, R.A. Jeffery, Alex Reid, Mr. Miller, Mr. McNames (government officials), Archie Murphy, G. H. Devine, Milton Stewart, R. A. Stewart, Tom Dodds, Donald Carmichael and D. A. Gillies.
- Two Hunting photographs (reprints) taken at Aylen Lake 1905 and 1908. Dedication on inside covers read "In memory of Muriel (Dewar) Steen 1903-1997 John Steen Dec 2 1997". People identified are: Alex Stewart Sr., Big Archie Dewar, Milton Stewart, Pete McLean, Little Archie Dewar, James Storie, James Stewart, Duncan Dewar - Shot at Alyen Lake 1910 and train crew.
File 2. ALEXANDER WILLIAM STEWART. --1998. -- .5 cm textual records
File contains newspaper article, biographical information and b&w photograph (reprint) of Trooper Alexander Stewart who served in the Boer War.
File 3. LAND RECORDS. -- 1859 - 1910. -- 2.0 cm textual records
File consists of several land records. Two oversized documents were moved to Map Cabinet #1 Drawer # 1
1) 1859 Bargain & Sale of 200 acres for the E1/2 of Lot Number 19 in the 9th Concession of McNab Twp. being sold for $200.00 by Charles Stewart to Alexander Stewart.
2) 1859 Sale from the Crown to Archibald Stewart for $80.00 for 100 acres being Lot 20 in the 9th Concession of MacNab (sic) Township.
File 4. LIBERAL PARTY IN ONTARIO. -- 1962 - 1991 -- 4.0 cm of textual records.
File contains miscellaneous information related to R. A. Stewart's work with the Liberal Party of Ontario. Included in this file is a copy of the Debates of the Legislature of Ontario from 1962 which record Mr. L. Quilty's first address at Queen's Park as a representation of Renfrew South.
File 5. HORTON-McNAB TELEPHONE ASSOCIATION LIMITED. -- 1911, 1913-1922, 1951, 1966, 1969. -- 5 cm of textual records.
File contains Letters Patent, Minutes, and Financial Records.
File 6, 7 & 8. SOUTH RENFREW MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. -- 1976-1988. -- 10 cm textual records.
1. Copy of Bylaw No. 607 - A Bylaw Regulating the Erection of Buildings in the Township of McNab dated January 19 1966.
2. Report on New Water and Sewer Systems for Mansfield, Sandy Beach & Sandy Hook Areas of McNab Township October 1967 by J. L. Richards & Associates Ltd. (includes maps and cost estimates).
The 1936 McNab Assessment roll is a duplicate of one that is contained in the McNab Township Records. Minutes and Agendas are copies of those held in McNab Township records but contain many notes recorded by R. A. Stewart. Included in this file was a large plan on linen backed paper of the Clay Bank Bridge dated 1904 measuring approximately 30" x 60". Storage location for map is on top of Land Records Cabinet.
Files 1-4 LOWER MADAWASKA PLANNING BOARD. -- 1968-1979. -- 10 cm of textual records.
Files contain Administrative files including Annual reports, Agendas and Minutes 1969-1979, Correspondence, 1969-1981, Miscellaneous Maps, Amendments to the Official Plan.
File 5 MADAWASKA RIVER RESERVOIR COMMITTEE. --1976-1979
File contains Minutes and Correspondence (interfiled in date order) concerning the Madawaska River and Head Pond at Arnprior as well as a Design and Development Division report by Ontario Hydro on Arnprior GS Restricted Land Use on the Reservoir Banks 1979. R. A. Stewart attended these meetings as a representative of the LMPB.
Files 1 & 2 Files containing minutes of the proceedings and Bylaws of the Council of the Corporation of the County of Renfrew. -- 1943, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1963-1970 with gaps. -- 10 cm of textual records.
File 3 - RENFREW COUNTY REPORTS. -- 1968, 1970, 1976
Restructuring Study, Renfrew County Roads System Bylaw 2095, Impact Study on Pembroke becoming a City and some miscellaneous correspondence.
File 4 - B&W photographs of 1931, 1932, 1934, and 1948 Renfrew County Councils. Some individuals have been identified.
1931 Renfrew County Council (photo taken June 18th 1931) Back Row, left to right: Jack D. McLean, D. B. Stewart, unknown, Fred Schweig, D. Campbell, W. M. Verch, Frank Plaunt, Paul Mask, Andrew Moran, J.J. Foran, Len Mathews, unknown, Milton Stewart (Reeve of McNab). Third Row, left to right: Jas Pilgrim, J. Jack (deputy Reeve of Arnprior), Albert Wallace, John Brock, Alex Morris (sheriff), I.C. Hill, E.G.R. Lewis, William Saar, Sam McLaren, T. Church (Reeve of Arnprior), John Bloskie. Second row, left to right, William Brown, R. M. Warren, J. Jamieson, Robert Kilby, Dan Kelly, J. Findlay (Reeve of Braeside), Bill Moore, John Carty, J. McIntyre (Warden), James Carey, P. Black, W.W. Hutson, Foster Fraser. Front Row, left to right, W. J. Moore (Engineer), A. Brown, Brown Jr., A. Collins, L. Humphries, J. Omeara, Bill Warren, Mr. Duggan.
File 5 - COUNTY OF RENFREW PROCEDURES and RESPONSIBILITIES; July 1980
Further accruals are expected.
See McNab Township Heritage & Museum files.
See Bernard V. Bedore fonds 2001-0143 for Big Pine Country material
See “EODA Meeting: Lumbering Complex Planned as Major Tourist Attraction” in Arnprior Chronicle, January 15, 1969 issue.
3 metres textual records, photographs and audio visual recordings
History / Biography
Bernard Vance Bedore was born at Crow Lake, Ontario, in 1923 and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. He served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and worked in the tourism field in Ontario for 23 years. As a writer, he created the mythical character Joe Mufferaw, in honour of Joseph Montferrand (1802-1864), one of Canada's most famous lumberjacks and atheletes. He is also the author of Big Pine published in 1963 and other tales such as Yonder Lies the Valley. He was also involved in trying to establish a theme park called "Timbertown" in the 1970's and worked with the committee to build the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior. Bernie Bedore passed away in Arnprior in 2008.
Bernard V. Bedore received his Certificate in Sanitary Inspection (Canada), CSI(C) number 687 in 1950 in Arnprior, Ontario. He was the first Editor of the new association's publication and L.B. Killoran was the Assistant Editor. They were Sanitary Inspectors with the “Arnprior Ontario Health Department”. The first issue in Feb. 1955 was titled “Newsletter”. The second issue in June was titled “News Letter” and the 4th issue in December 55 was “The Newsletter”, (3rd is missing). After some discussion amongst the members of the association and official approval, their 6th issue in June 1956 was titled “The Canadian Sanitarian”. The name was subsequently changed in 1971 to the Environmental Health Review to keep up with the times. Bernie and Lawrence were the Editors from February 1955 to March 1957 during which time they produced 7 or 8 issues.
Bernie Bedore donated this collection of photographs, textual and audio-visual records in 2001.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the following:
Box I 8.1
Letters Patent, Bylaws & Minutes of the Diamond Park Mineral Water Co.of Arnprior Ltd. also known as Sanitaris Ltd. 1898 - 1931
Fitzroy Township Minute and Bylaw book 1850 - 1914
Fitzroy Township Minute Book 1893 - 1910
Fitzroy Township Bylaws Book 1893 - 1907
Photo Album (Kimberley family) containing late 19th century - early 20th century portraits
Unidentified family photo album (found in Central Hotel in 1930’s) containing albumen and tin type portraits
15 twentieth century photographs (including portrait of Mary Margaret Coghlan who married Tom Hanson of Sandy Hook and various photographs of logging)
Upper Ottawa Improvement Co. Ltd. 1946 Charter, general acts and list of shareholders dated 1946
Presbyterian Record, October 1901
Death announcement for Elizabeth Lindsay, Feb 13, 1903
1882 Advertisement for Carter’s Little Liver Pills etc.
Box I 8.2
Audio Visual material (3/4” video cassettes, audio tapes, LP’s etc.)
Item level descriptions not available
Box I 7.1
(File level description)
1. B. V. Bedore - personal (contains newspaper coverage, biography and photos)
3. Tall Tales of Upper Ottawa (file 1 of 2)
4. Tall Tales of Upper Ottawa (file 2 of 2)
5. Yonder Lies the Valley Act I draft
6. Yonder Lies the Valley Act II draft
7. Yonder Lies the Valley Act III draft
8. Yonder Lies the Valley early version
9. Yonder Lies the Valley final version
10. Yonder Lies the Valley - notes
11. Story of Joseph Montferrand
12. Tall Tales of Mufferaw Joe (file 1 of 2)
13. Tall Tales of Mufferaw Joe (file 2 of 2)
14. Joe Mufferaw Copyright (Stompin Tom and Joan Finnegan)
15. Joe Mufferaw - clippings and photographs
Box I 7.2
1. Preliminary Notes on Tourism Development in Renfrew County - 1972
2. Historical Notes and Photographs of Ottawa Vally Destinations
3. Special Events in Ontario (Draft) - undated
4. Ottawa and Madawaska Valley Regional Tourist Council - 1972
5. Opportunity Square Proposal (Arnprior) - 1972
6. Arnprior Sports Plex - 1975
7. Environmental Health Review
8. Mufferawland Travel Complex (Arnprior) - 1971 1 of 2
9. Mufferawland Travel Complex (Arnprior) - 1971 2 of 2
10. Big Pine Country Association - Minutes and Constitution 1979
11. Big Pine Country Committee - Minutes (1973 - 1976) and Financial Reports (1973)
12. Big Pine Country Committee - Correspondence 1972-1976
13. Big Pine Country Committee - Development Proposals & Reports 1973-1974
14. Big Pine Country Committee - News Clippings
15. Big Pine Country - Notes by B. Bedore
16. Timbertown Incorporation - 1979
17. Timbertown Board of Directors - 1972 - 1982
18. Timbertown Proposals - 1973-1978
19. Timbertown Financial Records - 1982-1985
20. Timbertown Shares and Shareholders - 1981-1985
21. Timbertown Correspondence - 1980-1986
22. Timbertown Reports - 1979, 1981-1983
23. Timbertown Promotional Material
24. Sale of Timbertown to Logos Land 1985
25. Timbertown Minutes - 1986
Yonder Lies The Valley
45 rpm recording (1) Along the Opeongo (2) Fiery Kate and Dickory Dan
Tall Tales of Mufferaw Joe in Booty bag
Tall Tales of Joe Mufferaw with illustrations by Yuksel Hassan (Two copies)
Mythical Mufferaw with illustrations by Allen Lutes
The Mufferaw Catfish
Scotty the Pike
The Broad Valley of the Ottawa
The Broad Valley of the Ottawa (Renfrew Welcome to Editors from the USA)
The Big Pine (two copies)
Come Smile with Me - Ottawa Valley Yarns written by Bernie Bedore and Wanda Lynn Butler
Appleseed Quarterly Fall 1997
The Outdoorsmen Magazine 1964-65
The Outdoorsmen Magazine 1964
The Environmental Health Review
Shelf I 7.2 (top of boxes I 7.1 7 I 7.2)
Lions Hotel Register 1895
Central Hotel Register 1935 - 1942
Shelf I 7.3
"Chambers' Edinburgh Journal" 1842 - 1843
Unidentified Printer’s Account Book 1899 - 1914
See also Robert A. Stewart fonds 1999-0113 for material related to Big Pine Country Association.
Library & Archives Canada has copies of 4 photographs received from Bernie Bedore in 1959. Please refer to PA-004630 to PA-004633.
File of Correspondence 1849 - 1885 mainly to Edward DeRenzy of Sand Point. Two letters from the Deputy Registrar in Pembroke dated 1976 relate to land mortgaged and sold by Alexander McDonell of Sand Point. This file also includes a letter dated 1849 from Janette and James Kirkman of Jefferson Barracks, MO to John Meachie and John McKenzie of Perth, District of Bathurst. Another letter from J. Jamieson (a solicitor in Perth) to DeRenzy dated 1884 is concerning the dissolution of DeRenzy’s store in Sand Point.
63 page typewritten History of the Settlement of the Township of McNab, written for the Perth Courier in the year 1869 by D. C. McNab and three clippings “Ottawa Valley Days” by Harry J. Walker
Bills, Accounts, Promisary Notes and Reciepts of Edward DeRenzy and others 1880-1896
Land Records and Insurance Policies of Edward DeRenzie 1864 - 1886. This file also contains a copy of the will of the late Neil Robertson dated 1886. An indenture dated 1880 between Edward DeRenzie and William Proctor of Ogdensburg New York which appears in this file was for two thousand pieces of Black Ash Saw Logs which were “lying and being in a boom on the Ottawa River at a point known as Roddy’s Bay...” The indenture features a stylized E & D (for Edward DeRenzie) that was DeRenzie’s own log mark.
Miscellaneous file containing photographs of the DeRenzy sisters Nina and & Minnie outside their home on John Street (circa 1930 and 1910) and newspaper clippings about the DeRenzy home (later Lang family) on John Street in Arnprior and an unsigned, 1937 Christmas card from the Officer Commanding and Officers of the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment (Highlanders) which features a photograph of Lieut. Col. Alexander McDonell, Officer Commanding, 1st Renfrew Regiment 1846.
Mr. Cecil Watson purchased appendices to the 1851 Journals at auction and donated them in 2004.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various appendices of the 1851 Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada:
V - Z and AA - KK in 2003. They deal with a wide range of government issues such as the Report of the Standing Committees on Printing, returns of post masters (listing all post offices and masters in Canada) and appointments of magistrates.
Of particular interest are the returns of “Officers employed on the Ottawa River and it tributaries in the collection of timber duties..” This appendix GG also lists all people employed on slides at Calumet, Chats slide, the Madawaska works, High Falls and the Madawaska Bridge as well as their salary and period worked.
Other appendices list salaries and pensions to Missionaries of the Church of England and other denominations. Another appendix deals with the costs of running the Provincial Lunatic Asylum.
The complete journals are available for viewing at the National Library and Archives of Canada or on their web-site at www.canadiana.org under the title Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. Each appendix has its own link which are searchable by date.
Mr. Findlay worked in the lumber trade as teamster, clerk, culler, foreman, scaler and contracter. He was originally from Shawville Quebec but worked for Gillies Bros and McLachlin Bros as a lumber culler and scaler. In 1914 he went into business with George Ferguson from Renfrew, driving pulpwood logs (spruce, balsam and hemlock) from the upper Madawaska River to Arnprior for about ten years. His son John S. Findley recalled in an interview that the last run of pulpwood was driven down the Madawaska river in 1924.
While working for the E. B. Eddy Co. as a “jobber” or lumber contractor Findlay resided in Braeside. He later lived on a farm behind the original fairgrounds and then purchased property on the White Lake Road near present day Winner’s Circle.
This material was donated by John H. Findley (spelled with an e) in October 2005.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains several business ledgers of the Ferguson & Findlay company and personal journals of John H. Findlay of Braeside. Ranging in date from 1853 to 1930, these records document provisioning activities to various lumber camps, buying and selling livestock as well as daily journal entries.
Ferguson and Findlay records consist of:
1. Cash book of Ernest Wm. Hodgins 1885 and 1877
2. Cash book No. 3 Ferguson & Findlay, 1920 to 1924 (Wrapped separately)
Miriam Edith McCreary (1917-2012) was the daughter of Robert Nelson McCreary (1867-1949) and the late Edna Victoria Elliott (1877-1946) of Pakenham. She worked for many years in the law office of McLean and Moore in Arnprior.
Her brother, Robert Hillman McCreary (1904-2002) graduated from Almonte High School in 1923. He attended Queen's University and graduated with a medical degree in 1929. He met his wife while studying at Queen's and on July 18 1942 he married Edith 'Doreen' Montgomery (1904-1980) of Smith's Falls. Dr. McCreary served his internship at the Ottawa General Hospital and was appointed resident house surgeon at the Civic Hospital July 1 1929. He also worked at Strathcona Isolation Hospital in Ottawa, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and the Children's Memorial Hospital in Montreal. He went on to specialize in pediatrics earning the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Certificate in Pediatrics in 1947.
Besides his very busy practice, Dr. McCreary also held various positions at the Grace St. Andrew's United Church, the Ontario Medical Association and the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital. He served on the Board of Education for Arnprior throughout much of the 1940's. He was Chairman of the Arnprior Public School Board in 1948 and President of the Ontario Medical Association 1961-1962.
Mrs. Doreen McCreary was active with the University Women's Club in Arnprior and served on the Board of Education. She was the only woman who served on Arnprior Town Council in 1955.
In February 2006 and February 2007, Ms. Miriam McCreary donated this material via her friend Arthur McLean. Ms. Nancy Anderson donated the files of family history research and material belonging to both Miriam McCreary and Dr. Robert McCreary in July 2013. Ms. Anderson's mother was Edna McCreary.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of two parts; a small donation of material by Miss Miriam McCreary followed by a large donation of McCreary (MacCreary, McCreery) family history and personal documents belonging to her brother Dr. Robert McCreary. Both Miriam and Robert were avid geneologists, so that much of the collection consists of family history charts, correspondence and information they either produced or received about the McCreary, Kerr, Elliott, Jamieson, Daykin and Paterson families. Of particular significance is the bound photograph album belonging to Dr. Robert McCreary with his hand written index which shows scenes taken in Arnprior and surrounding area. One file contains photographs and articles related to Mrs. Doreen McCreary.
Original donation from Miriam McCreary consists of the following items in one file: Box L2.3
1. 1952 edition of the Re-echo
2. 1946 brochure about the Arnprior High School including interior and external photographs.
3. Program for the official opening of the new wing of the Arnprior Public School, October 7th, 1952.
4. 1952 - 1953 Edition of Arnprior Public School Yearbook dedicated to Princess Elizabeth in her coronation year.
5. Newspaper clipping showing photograph of ADHS students for 1933 - 1934 with most people identified.
6. Correspondence to Miriam McCreary 2002
Subsequent accrual of family history and personal records: Box L2.3
1. Dr. Robert McCreary - Biographical (includes obituary and audio cassette recording of funeral eulogy May 18 2002)
2. Dr. Robert McCreary - Loose Photographs
3. Dr. Robert McCreary - Clippings
4. Dr. Robert McCreary - Personal Correspondence
5. Dr. Robert McCreary - Professional Correspondence
6. Dr. Robert McCreary - Letters of Thanks
7. Dr. Robert McCreary - Queen's University
8. Canadian Doctor Magazine 1961 - Dr. Robert McCreary profiled
9. Arnprior Delegation to Pfhizer in New York 1955 - both Dr. & Mrs. McCreary participated.
10. Mrs. Doreen McCreary - Biographical, Photographs and Clippings
11. Estate of Robert Nelson McCreary 1949 and will of Mrs. Edna Victoria Elliott McCreary 1944
12. Published sources of McCreary Genealogy
13. Dr. Brian Bailey's - McCreary Family Research
14. Dr. Robert and Miriam McCreary - McCreary Family History Research
15. Dr. Robert and Miriam McCreary - McCreary Family History Research Handwritten Notes
16. Dr. Robert McCreary - Correspondence re: Family History Research
17. Miriam McCreary - Correspondence re: Family History Research
18. Dr. Robert McCreary - Kerr, Kennedy, Elliott Family History Research
19. Elliott, McCreary, Jamieson, Kerr Family History
20. Elliott Family Research - Miscellaneous
21. Campbell/Elliott family of Pakenham
22. Jason Roberts Research - Elliott and Kerr Families
23. Larry Pritchard's - McCreary Family History Research
24. Helen L. McBratney's - McCreary Family History Research
25. Jean Nielson's - Jamieson Family Tree
26. Pauline Bruel's - Paterson Family History
27. Dr. Robert McCreary - Correspondence with Anne Holt re: McCreary/Halpenny
28. Dr. Robert McCreary - Correspondence with John Jamieson re: Hamilton, Kerr, Elliott and Jamieson Family History
29. Dr. Robert McCreary - Correspondence with Constance Sissons re: Kerr and Elliott Family History
30. Pedigree Chart - Preston, Hughes
31. 1944 Article about Lanark and map circa 1940's showing McCreary
32. Miscellaneous - includes CD and prints of Boyd's Methodist Cemetery (Lot 2 Concession 12 of Lanark) taken March 2004 by Bill Daykin. Also includes research in Ireland.
Albums containing clippings and photographs: Box L2.4
1. Deaths - One album and one envelope holding collection of many obituaries of family and friends of the McCreary's; many from the Arnprior and Pakenham area from 1904-2002
2. Weddings - One album containing many wedding photos and announcements of family and friends 1942 - 2009
3. McCreary Family History Album - 1899 - 1998
4. Dr. Robert McCreary's Career - Clippings and Photographs 1948 - 1989
5. Small red photograph album 'Q Meds '29 Reunion 1949 and 1954' (photos removed from plastic sleeves).
6. Personal photograph album of Dr. Robert McCreary with accompanying index 1935 - 1941
Album includes scenes of Arnprior, Burnstown, Stewartville, Montreal, Chemong, Lift Locks at Peterborough, Algonquin Park, Pakenham Bridge, Lake of Two Rivers, Golden Lake, Whitney etc.
Oversized Material: Box O2.6
1. 1856 Crown Grant to James MacCreary for Lots 10 & 11, 9th Concession of McNab consisting of 400 acres for 80 pounds.
2. Framed, B&W photograph Children's Memorial Hospital Staff (Montreal) 1935 including Dr. Robert McCreary (second from left, from row).
3. Mounted, B&W photograph of Queen's Med '29 Reunion participants including Doreen and Dr. Robert McCreary.
4. Mounted, B&W photograph of Resident Staff, Hospital for Sick Children 1932-1933
5. Mounted, B&W photograph of staff of Ottawa Civic Hospital including Dr. Robert McCreary fifth from left.
6. Mounted, B&W photograph of Executive of Medicine '29, Queen's University 1928-1929 including R. H. McCreary Middle Row, third from left.
7. Mounted, B&W photograph Medicine '29 Permanent Executive including R. H. McCreary top row, second from left.
8. Folder containing 14 medical certificates
9. Folder containing High School Gradualtion Diploma of Robert H. McCreary
10. Folder of Certificates and correspondence regarding Dr. McCreary's membership the Mason's.
11. Folder of Newspapers with news related to McCreary family members (particularly the coverage of the sudden death of the Honourable W F McCreary, Liberal Member of Parliament for Selkirk, Manitoba). Papers include The Queen's Journal, March 17 1926, January 15 1928, November 9 1928.
The Kingston Whig-Standard, April 30 1927, May 25 1929, The Montreal Herald, May 5 1904 and The Evening Standard, May 5 1904.
Ms. McCreary also donated copies of Beldon’s re-printed Historical Atlas of Lanark & Renfrew Counties (1880 - 1881) and Historical Atlas of Carleton County (1879).
These 2 items are for general reference purposes and are available in the reading room of the archives.
Between 1857 and 1861, several thousand immigrants from Prussia and other German-speaking states came to North America via the Hamburg-Quebec route. Many of these families and individuals settled in the Ottawa Valley as part of a Canadian government settlement scheme. Others travelled on to southern Ontario and the United States (particularly to Wisconsin). While most of the families were of German ethnic background, many Kashubian families [usually called Polish in Canada] emigrated as well, from certain regions in Prussia.
Scope and Content
This list was compiled in the spring of 1997 from printouts of a microfilm supplied by the State Archives of Hamburg, Germany [Auswanderungsamt I, VIII A 1, vol. 12]. The alphabetical list of surnames should help genealogists looking for German and/or Kashubian [Polish] ancestors.
The printouts in the Arnprior and District Archives contain the following information that can be made available upon request:
surname and first name of head of family and dependents
place of origin [town /village and state]
occupation, ages, and relationship to head of family.
The original handwritten lists were compiled by the shipping companies prior to sailing. Because they are hand-written, using the old German script, they are difficult to read, and some errors due to illegibility are inevitable. There are no lists for 1857, although some German families already arrived in the Ottawa Valley that year.
Note: In the computer folder “Archival Holdings” there is a computer file called “German passenger lists” which lists family names in alphabetical order and refers to the relevant page in these passenger lists, which are in old-German handwriting (copies of microfilm). Peter Hessel is able to decipher them.
Hard copy available for $10; display copy on desks in Reference Room.
Reference is made to the book, “Destination: Ottawa Valley” by Peter Hessel, published in Ottawa in 1984. The book, which deals extensively with this particular immigration program, is available for $14.95 plus shipping.
A. The donor company
Stewart Famco Ltd., is a private, Ontario land-holding company (924099 Ontario Inc.) incorporated on December 31, 1990, and owned by the five children of Duncan Edward Stewart and Elizabeth (Bessie) Wallace Stewart nee McLaren. The company’s purpose is to administer certain tracts of land transferred to the company by their father for the joint benefit of the five owners. The owners, who hold equal shares, are: Elizabeth Stewart-Hessel of Waba, President; Judy Cerigo of Waba; David Stewart of Renfrew; Neil Stewart of White Lake; Madeline Stewart of Pakenham.
B. The creators of the fonds
Stewart Brothers, a family partnership operated in the hamlet of Waba, Township of McNab (now the Township of McNab/Braeside) in Renfrew County, Ontario, from the 1840s or 1850s to 1968. The sawmill part of the business continued to operate in Waba under other ownership until 1981. Thus, there were continuous sawmill operations in Waba for about 130-140 years.
The first record of the industrial enterprises that became Waba Mills dates from 1848, when Alexander Stewart of Beckwith Township paid the Crown $40 for 200 acres on Lot 2, Concessions 4 and 5, McNab Township. This land was on both sides of Waba Creek (then called Waba Brook or Waba River) and included the use of substantial waterfalls. It is uncertain whether Alexander erected a sawmill himself or whether he only purchased the land for development by his sons.
Donald Stewart was 19 in 1848, while his brothers Robert and John were only 15 and 7, respectively. No records have been found so far which indicate the exact date when the first Stewart sawmill was built in Waba. It is recorded, however, that the Stewarts built the dam across Waba Creek in 1852.
The sawmill was located on the west side of Waba Creek used the power of the falls, which were about 4 meters high, to propel the turbines. In the beginning an upright saw was used, but by about 1880, the operation was changed to circular saws. According to the Biographical Directory of Lanark County Subscribers, John Stewart moved to Renfrew County in 1855. In 1859, a barley and grist mill was built, which not only produced pot barley, but was also grinding the farmers’ own barley and oats as feed. An account of barley bought and sold is contained in the 1859-83 General Store Ledger.
When the railway reached Pakenham in 1864, the sawmill's lumber products were taken there, mostly in the winter by sleigh, then shipped by train to Brockville for trans-shipment to Canadian and U.S. markets. Stewart Brothers of Waba won the contract to build School Section 11 (Waba). They started construction in December 1873 and finished in June 1874 at a cost of $650.
In 1883, Robert Stewart was farming on Lot 2, Concession 4, while Donald Stewart and his youngest brother John were operating the sawmill and other enterprises. Donald died of pneumonia that year, so John Stewart took the main responsibility as principal partner in the business.
A planing mill was built in 1885 and a shingle mill in 1895. It produced cedar shingles and shakes and operated until 1938 when asphalt products were rapidly replacing wooden shingles.
The hamlet of Waba owes its existence to these early mill operations. Virtually everyone in and near Waba was employed at the mills, at least on a part-time basis. Even after the huge McLachlin mills in Arnprior and the Gillies mills in Braeside swung into full operation, business in Waba continued to grow. In addition to lumber for construction purposes (mostly white pine), the Stewart Mills became known for several specialty wood products such as cloth boards for the textile industry, cheese boxes, laths, etc. However, after gypsum board replaced the old lath and plaster method of finishing inside walls and ceilings, laths were no longer in demand.
A disastrous fire on December 6, 1956 destroyed the 100-year-old original wooden buildings. Although he had no insurance, Duncan built a new, more modern mill in the following spring. In December 1968, the Stewart family sold the business to Edwin Kennedy, an American entrepreneur who also owned a sawmill in Calabogie. After another fire in 1970, Kennedy obtained a large government grant and erected new, fireproof steel and concrete buildings. After operating that mill for 10 years, Kennedy sold the business to another firm. When that company went bankrupt in 1981, sawmill operations and all industrial endeavors in Waba came to an end. The machinery, equipment and logs were sold by auction. Duncan Stewart bought the empty buildings and the land back from the Trustee. He sold the main mill buildings to a company that dismantled and moved them to Tillsonburg, Ont., where they were set up again as a sawmill and moved toTillsonburg, Ontario. He sold the former mill office as a home. The remaining small buildings and the site are still owned by members of the Stewart family.
The Stewart Brothers also owned and operated a general store in Waba, just west of the sawmill. Between 1889 and 1947 the Waba Post Office was in the store as well. John Stewart, Alexander N. Stewart, Duncan G. Stewart and Duncan G. Stewart all served as postmasters. The general store was closed and the building sold in 1968.
C. Administrative relationships
In addition to the post office, which, of course was operated for the Dominion of Canada and “On His/Her Majesty’s Service”, the Stewart Brothers also had a close business relationship with local farmers who had formed a cheese factory cooperative. This factory was located on Stewart land on the east bank of Waba Creek. While the cooperative was responsible for the production under cheesemaker James Poole, Stewart Brothers looked after the sales and marketing of the products. This was a symbiotic relationship. Starting in 1899, Stewart Brothers also manufactured cheese boxes made of elm veneer. In 1900, the boxes sold for 12 cents a piece; they were shipped to cheese factories all over North America. Waba cheese on the other hand sold for 10 cents a pound wholesale that year, mostly to wholesalers in Ottawa and Montreal. A major customer was the firm of Edward McGillivray in Ottawa.
The following biographical sketches include the patriarch, founders and operators of Stewart Brothers enterprises in Waba from 1848 - 1968. Additional biographical sketches of the extended Stewart family can be found in the ‘Family Gallery Photographs’ sub-series. Three John Stewarts’ have been identified in this fonds by their place of birth. John Stewart (Beckwith) is profiled below while John Stewart (Horton) and John Stewart (Scotland) appear in the ‘Family Gallery Photographs’ sub-series.
Alexander Stewart was born in the tiny clachan of Croftcarnach near the hamlet of Borenich on Loch Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland, in 1792. In 1818, he immigrated to Canada together with his brother John Stewart. While John settled at Robertson’s Corners, about 2 km from Waba, Alexander farmed at Black’s Corners in Beckwith Township, where he also became a general-store merchant (known as “Merchant Stewart” or “Merchant Sandy”). In 1821 he married Elizabeth nee Douglass. They had four sons and one daughter. Although it is not known whether Alexander operated a sawmill in Waba or only prepared the site for his sons, he can be regarded as the founder of the Waba Mills enterprises, since he purchased the land in 1848. He died at his farm home in Black’s Corners on Sep. 15, 1892, just short of his 100th birthday.
Donald Stewart was born in Beckwith Township on August 8, 1829, the son of Alexander Stewart and Elizabeth nee Douglass. He was educated in Carleton Place and then moved to Waba, where he became the principal partner of Stewart Brothers. In addition to his business interests, he was active in politics and public affairs. For example, as a local councillor in 1860, he introduced a motion for starting a public library. He supplied and donated most of the building material when the Presbyterian Church in White Lake was built in 1881. In 1862 and again from 1869 to 1875, he served a Reeve of McNab Township, and in 1875 as Warden of Renfrew County. In the 1871 Ontario election, he was defeated as the Reform Party candidate in his riding. Donald remained a bachelor. When his frame home on Waba Creek was destroyed by fire in 1878, he replaced it with a substantial stone house in the following year. He also operated the Waba General Store across the street from his home. He died of pneumonia on April 29, 1883.
Robert Stewart was born on April 22, 1833 in Beckwith Township, the son of Alexander Stewart and Elizabeth nee Douglass. He farmed in Waba on Lot 2, Concession 4. When his older brother Donald died in 1883, Robert inherited the large stone house in Waba. For a short time, he also co-owned the mill and store with his brother John. Robert married Margaret [or Elizabeth?] Rae. They had 2 daughters.
John Stewart (Beckwith) was born in Beckwith Township on December 21, 1841, the youngest son of Alexander Stewart and Elizabeth nee Douglass. He became the youngest partner of the Stewart Brothers enterprises in Waba. He married Margaret Robertson of Robertson's Corners. They had seven children, including Duncan Gordon Stewart. He built a substantial white frame house above Waba Creek. John served two terms as Reeve of McNab Township (1879-89 and 1906-13). During the latter period, he also served as Warden of Renfrew County. John Stewart died in Waba on August 27, 1925.
Alexander Newton Stewart, born in Waba on Aug. 26, 1873, son of John Stewart and Margaret nee Robertson. He operated Stewart Brothers in partnership with his brother Duncan Gordon, handling mostly the accounting and business end. He remained unmarried and lived in the house built by his father John. He died in Waba on September 3, 1934, leaving the house to his nephew, Duncan Edward Stewart.
Duncan Gordon Stewart was born in Waba on June 27, 1875, the second son of John Stewart and Margaret nee Robertson. He married Ethel Margaret nee Stewart (no relation) on May 5, 1909. They had 2 children: Duncan Edward Stewart and Margaret Robertson Stewart (one other child died in infancy). When his father John died in 1925, Duncan and his brother Alexander (Andy) took over the firm. Duncan died in Waba on October 3, 1954 in his 80th year. While Duncan was mainly responsible for the technical operations, Alexander handled the business side. Duncan Stewart died in Waba on October 3, 1954.
Duncan Edward Stewart was born in Waba on May 10, 1910, the only son of Duncan G. Stewart and Ethel nee Stewart. He was educated at Renfrew Collegiate and Queen’s University, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1934. When his uncle Alexander, who was unmarried, died in 1934, Duncan was asked to enter the business as a partner with his father and his aunt Margaret (who remained a silent partner). In 1936, he married Elizabeth [Bessie] Wallace nee McLaren of Renfrew. They had five children. After his father's death in 1954, Duncan managed the firm alone. In his retirement, Duncan Stewart served for many years as trustee for the Renfrew County School Board. He died in Waba, of lung cancer, on July 31, 1996.
When the Stewart Brothers enterprises were sold in 1968, Duncan E. Stewart kept most of the business papers in his residence in Waba. Some were stored in his home office, others in an unheated loft above the garage. Before Duncan E. Stewart died, he had allowed his son-in-law Peter Hessel to transfer some of the documents for safekeeping to Peter Hessel’s office in Waba.
While Peter Hessel had urged Duncan to donate all the documents to the Arnprior and District Archives, he decided to leave that decision to his family. Upon Duncan’s death in 1996, the papers became the property of his widow, Elizabeth (Bessie) Stewart nee McLaren. She and her 5 children agreed when Peter Hessel suggested that the family company donate the papers to the Archives.
In 1998, Peter Hessel transferred part of total collection of remaining documents to his office. A large number of papers were not taken because they were either too badly deteriorated or not of lasting value. When the Archives Board of Management agreed to accept the papers, he transferred them to the Archives in January 1999.
Scope and Content
The Stewart Famco fonds consists of business records relating to the operations and the history of the Stewart Brothers enterprises as well as Stewart family private papers which contain genealogical research files, journals and photographs. Files containing material related to land holdings, surveying and correspondence are also contained in this fonds.
Contained in the Correspondence series are seven letter books kept by Donald and John Stewart between 1870 and 1923. They are a rich source of information pertaining to business, township, county, provincial and private affairs. It is in these letter books that we find responses to various issues presented to Donald Stewart as reeve of the township between 1869 and 1875. In April 1891, John Stewart wrote of his decision to build a cheese factory in Waba. Various Cheese factory account books are contained in the Miscellaneous Accounting Records sub-series.
The types of photographs contained in this fonds are typical examples of photographic technique and style as it had penetrated into small town Ontario in the last quarter of the 19th century. Some remarkably beautiful portraits by the Handford studios of Renfrew stand out from the rest. The collection of photographs contained in the Stewart Family series is exceptional because many of the people are identified. The photographs and journals of family members help to put the textual files into human context.
Prior to deposit in the Arnprior & District Archives, the fonds was gathered together by Peter Hessel, Duncan Edward Stewart’s son-in-law. He provided the administrative history, biographical notes and custodial history for this finding aid. He had access to this material while writing his book, McNab – The Township. It should be consulted for more information about the settlement, development and resources of the area in which the Stewart Brothers operated their business enterprises and raised their family.
This large series contains Miscellaneous Accounting Records, Day Books, Waba General Store Accounts and Textual Files relating to the operation of the various Stewart family enterprises.
Records from the Stewart Brother’s lumber businesses (including the sawmill, shingle mill, and specialty products), the barley mill, cheese factory, general store and Waba Post Office are contained in the 19 ledgers and other accounting books and files which constitute this series. The records show continuous business activity over a span of 100 years belonging to the industrious and prosperous Stewart family.
The letter books and other correspondence in the Stewart Brothers Correspondence series should be consulted along with the accounts in this series to gain a complete understanding of the extent and variety of the Stewart Brothers activities.
STEWART BROS. FINANCIAL RECORDS
Miscellaneous Accounting Records Sub-Series 99-0107-1-1
1859-1969 1 m
This sub-series consists of bound volumes which contain accounts from various businesses,
Cheese Co-operatives and churches with which the Stewart family was involved. It is arranged chronologically and each ledger is described separately. The Payroll ledger for 1968 - 1969 is restricted due to personal information.
Burnstown and White Lake Presbyterian Congregation Ledger 1859-1869 Folder I 1.4
Part 1 - Entries by parishioner stating stipends paid to Reverend S. C. Fraser
Part 2 - Running Balance
Part 3 - Statement of amounts received at regular and special meetings at Burnstown and White Lake.
Alexander Stewart and John Paris were paying $20.00 per year each from 1860 - 1864. The minister was being paid $400.00 per year. Duncan E. Stewart’s handwritten index included with book.
Stewart Bros. Invoices 1886 - 1895 Folder I 1.1
Invoices from various suppliers which were pasted onto blank pages of ledger. Goods were shipped from Montreal, Kingston, Ottawa, Merrickville, Almonte, Carleton Place, Brockville, Pembroke, Toronto, St. Catherines, Hamilton etc. (Approx. 12 per page x 100 pages = 1200 invoices)
Example: invoice from James Robertson, general metal merchant of Montreal dated July 5th 1886 for a circular saw costing $7.46
Waba Cheese Factory Statements 1889 - 1906 Box I 1.5
Includes month end sales of cheese entries and individual accounts.
General Store Accounts November 1892 to August 1895 Box I 1.6
Many marked settled. Entries in pen refer to date entered in Accounts. Many marked “time given”. John Ring bought several items (pants, tobacco, moccasins, mittens) in November of 1894 and worked it off with “time given in shanty.”
Shanty Payroll Accounts 1904 - 1921 Folder I 1.3
Notes: for Shanty crew (leather spine is turning to powder)
Waba Cheese Factory Accounts 1911 Box I 1.6
“Lawrence’s Cheese Factory Account Book” lists 65 milk suppliers in the index at front with monthly accounts of milk supplied and butter and cheese sold.
Waba Cheeses Factory Pay Sheet 1911 Box I 1.6
loose pages give summary of milk supply, debit to account and balance of various suppliers.
Waba Cheese Factory Accounts 1916 Box I 1.6
“Bryce’s Cheese Factory Account Book” lists 80 milk suppliers in the index at front with monthly accounts of milk supplied and butter and cheese sold.
Duncan E. Stewart Personal Accounts Payable Dec.1953 - July 1954 Folder I 1.2
Amounts paid to businesses, government and individuals.
Notes: Two pages of entries made on the back pages of old ledger in which the first 58 pages had been torn out.
Payroll cash book 1967-1968 Box I 1.6
Lists employees wages and deductions.
Stewart Bros General Ledger 1966-1967 Box I 1.6
Headings: Cash, Bank, Ledger, Wages, Pension, Hosp Mdse (?), Wood Lumber, Sales Tax, Purchases, Mdse Logs, Hauling, Int Exc Gas & Oil. Bank Loan, ? Saw Filing , sawing, planing, Mill, Rep Prop, motors D.E.S., Sundries
Stewart Brothers General Ledger March to November 1969 Folder I 3.6
Amounts posted to various accounts.
Day Books Sub-Series 99-0107-1-2
1868 - 1951 1 m Folders I 2.1 to I 2.14
This sub-series contains Day Book entries made by John Stewart listing various items bought in general store. He often noted where the buyer was from eg. Beckwith, Ramsay, Almonte etc.
Each entry is separated from the next by solid lines.
The July 1872 - December 1874 Day Book contains entries written sideways in the margin. These alpha numeric cross references correspond to specific page numbers in the General Store Accounts Receivable Ledger for 1872 - 1876. John Stewart also used an X in the margin to indicate the transfer of entries from the Day Book to the accounts Receivable Ledger.
The Day Book for May 1949 - May 1951 records sales at the saw mill while the rest of the day books in this sub-series pertain to the general store in Waba.
Jan 1868 - June 1872
July 1872 - December 1874
July 1887 - November 1878
August 1880 - December 1881
December 1881 - April 1883
May 1883 - March 1884
November 1884 - May 1885
May 1885 - October 1885
May 1888 - December 1889
May 1894 - April 1900
November 1904 - June 1912
June 1912 - January 1915
July 1934 - June 1940
May 1949 - May 1951
Waba General Store Account Books Sub-Series 99-0107-1-3
1855 - 1876 50 cm Folders I 3.1 to I 3.6
This sub-series contains 5 ledgers which are described separately below. Of note is John Halliday’s shanty account on pages 352 & 402 of the 1874 ledger.
General Store Accounts Ledger 1855 - 1883 (21 cm x 35 cm)
Part 1 - Running Balance of Credit and Debit
- Individual accounts of for dry goods and other supplies Debit on left page, Credit on the right. Amounts listed in pounds (L), shilling (S) and pence (D). Example: Samuel Green’s account listed under Credit “March 17, By 1 Standard oak log 3 (S)”, “Debit for December 12, To Saw Mill in Boards 100 feet 3 (S).
Part 2 - Treasurers Account for the Township of McNab 1858
Part 3 - Account of Barley Bought and Sold 1859-1883
(Also includes one page of Shingles sold in 1861)
Barley was used for livestock feed, malt for beer etc. Stewart’s had a seed cleaner, barley polisher mill and grist mill.
General Store Accounts Ledger 1881 - 1889
Individual accounts Receivable and Payable for dry goods and other supplies. Debits on left side of page, Credit on the right.
General Store Accounts Ledger A 1855 - 1868
Individual accounts Receivable and Payable for dry goods and other supplies Debit on left page, Credit on the right.
Notes: Contains several notes to Edmond Ring to please let the bearer have one Butter firkin and charge the same to account for A. Stewart and Donald or John Stewart on folio (page) 132
General Store Accounts Ledger B 1868 - 1872
Individual accounts Receivable for dry goods and other supplies. Debit on left page, Credit on the right.
General Store Accounts Ledger 1872 - 1876
Notes: Alphabetical Index at front of ledger
Individual accounts Receivable for dry goods and other supplies. Appears to be a summary of purchases taken from day books (possibly entered monthly).
Individuals and businesses listed from Horton, Appleton, Almonte (Rosamond Woolen Co.), Clay Bank, Arnprior etc.
John Halliday’s Shanty Account 1874-75 on pages 352 & 402
Textual Files Sub-Series 99-0107-1- 4
1907 - 1970 10 cm Box I 4.5
This sub-series is arranged chronologically. There are significant gaps in the Time Books. The sub-series contains: 1949 - 1952, 1956 - 1958 and1973 - 1975. There are also gaps in the Financial statements. This sub-series contains: 1935, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1963 & 1967.
1907 - 1908 Cash Sales at Mill
1934 - 1950 Stewart Bros. Accounts
1948 - 1963 General Ledger
1949 - 1975 Time Books
1951 -1968 General Ledger
1959 - 1983 Miscellaneous Ledgers and Records
1935 - 1967 Financial Statements
1964 - 1968 General Ledger
1967 List of Assets & Inventory
1968 - 1970 Cheque Stubs
John Stewart (Beckwith) Invoices Sub-Series 99-0107-1-5
1877 - 1931 15 cm Box I 5.2
This sub-series contains five files (approx. 500) of invoices, statements and pieces of correspondence documenting the inventory and management of the Waba General Store. They have been arranged in date order by month and year. This sub-series is a rich source of documentation of late 19th and early 20th century village commerce.
One letter from 1884 is from John Shaw, an Arnprior druggist. He inquires of John Stewart about “good ash lumber suitable for making drawers, counters etc.”.
The files contain numerous examples of invoices from suppliers of dry goods, cloth, yarn, leather goods, paint, wallpaper, biscuits etc. Stewart dealt with suppliers from Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal and elsewhere. Local invoices from 1913 include: J. W. Munro, F.R. Hatton, Galetta Roller Mills, Osborne’s, Griffin & Brennan, Perchy W. Smith, J. S. Moir Hardware, Findlay Brothers, Carleton Place and R. A. Snedden, Pakenham.
John Stewart (Merchant) Invoices 1877 - 1899
John Stewart (Merchant) Invoices 1901 - 1913
John Stewart (Merchant) Invoices 1919 - 1921
John Stewart (Merchant) Invoices 1922
John Stewart (Merchant) Invoices 1931
STEWART BROS. LAND HOLDINGS and SURVEYING SERIES 99-0107-2
1860 - 1983 1 m
This series consists of textual files containing correspondence and notes regarding land holdings as well as note books compiled by Duncan Edward Stewart pertaining to land holdings and listings of land surrounding Waba and the White Lake area. One file of various indentures and three bundles of oversized documents are also contained in this series. They are arranged by date and listed as separate items. Many people deposited their land records in the Stewart Mill’s safe because it was the only safe in the Waba area.
Textual Files: Box I 1.7
1871 and 1893 Registration of Timber Marks by Donald Stewart
1886 - 1903 Mary and Edward Spinks - Darling Estate
1897 - 1983 Correspondence re: Land Holdings, Surveying etc.
1911 - 1946 Notes re: Surveying & Land Holdings
1944-1949 Claims related to Timber Cuts on Stewart land
1967 Release of Pine documents from Lands & Forests
Note Books: Box I 1.7
Darling - South Side
Various Indentures: Box I 1.7
1860 John O’Neil to George Grogan for West ½ of lot 22 in the 8th concession and part of west half of lot 23 in the 8th concession of Pakenham township.
1874 George Grogan to James Seward for east ½ of the west ½ of lot 22 in the 8th concession of Pakenham.
1901 John Thoms and William Barber for the north west part of lot 25 in the 2nd concession of Pakenham.
1908 James Bell and James Stewart for timber rights and lease on various properties on the 11th and 12th concession in the township of Darling
1919 John H. Bandy to Charles M. Bandy for lot 27 (& stock & implements) in the 8th concession of Pakenham township.
1920 John Beatty Hamilton to Edmond Laurence Carr for the north ½ of lot 3 in the 4th concession of Carr township in the county of Temiskaming.
1920 James Legree and Laurence Ruddy for west ½ of lot 25 in the 9th concesssion of Pakenham.
1921 Gordon C. and Kenneth C. Murray and John P. Gordon (all of Las Pas Manitoba) regarding mineral claims.
1924 John H. Scott and John Stewart for timber upon the west ½ of lot 23 in the 9th concession of Darling township.
1925 James McIntyre and Duncan McIntyre for west ½ of lot 5 in the 2nd concession of Bagot.
1939 Fred Johnson and J.P. Gordon regarding mining claims.
Land Grants: In Map Cabinet #3, Dwr 9
Bundle #1 (oversize)
1. 1836 to Busted Greene for West half of lot number 22 in the 8th Concession of Pakenham township and some land in lot number nine in the third concession.
2. 1846 to Henry O’Neil for South west and South east quarters of lot number 25 in the 7th Concession of Pakenham township.
3. 1858 to John Spence for West half of lot number 19 in the 9th concession of McNab.
4. 1860 to John Spence for West half of lot number 18 in the 9th concession of McNab.
5. 1867 to Flora Cameron for the North East half of lot number 12 in the 3rd concession of McNab.
6. 1886 to Anthony Ludgate for the North half of lot number 4 in the 1st concession of Bagot township.
7. 1899 to Joseph Barry for the broken lot number 20 in the 10th concession of Darling.
8. 1899 to John Ludgate for the South half of lot number 4 in the 1st concession of Bagot
Various Indentures In Map Cabinet #3, Dwr 9
Bundle #2 (oversize)
(Includes Bargain & Sales, Quit Claims, Discharge of Mortgage etc.)
1848 Donald Stewart to Alexander Stewart for west ½ lot 13, concession 7 McNab
1856 Henry O. Neil to John Hudson for south west & south east quarters of lot 25, concession 7 Pakenham
1857 John Sutherland to John C. Neil for the west ½ lot 22, concession 8 Ramsay
1863 John McIntyre to James McIntyre for south west and north east halves of lot 13, concession 5, McNab
1866 John Fisher to William Campbell for east ½ lot 25, concession 8 Pakenham
1870 William Gemmill to John Campbell for west ½ lot 3, concession 2 McNab
Note: “Reserving free access to the shore of Wabalak lake for all vessels, boats and persons”.
1870 Robert Ferguson to Alexander Yuill for east ½ lot 6, concession 7 McNab .
1870 Alexander Yuill to John Campbell for east ½ lot 6, concession 7 McNab.
1871 David Headrick and John Paris (executors) to John Headrick for west ½ of west ½ of lot 26, concession 4 Pakenham
1867 James McIntyre to Alexander Stewart for south west and north east halves of lot 13, concession 5, McNab
1871 Thomas McLauchlan to John McLauchlan for east & west ½ of lot 8, concession 5, McNab.
1873 Alexander Yuill to George Bartlett for lot east ½ lot 6, concession 7 McNab
1875 George Weal Bartlett to William Coultes for east ½ of lot 6, concession 7, McNab.
1876 George W. Bartlett to William Coultes for east 1/2 lot 6, concession 7 McNab
1877 William Hanson to Donald Stewart for south east ½ of North east ½ of lot 8, concession 4 McNab
1879 Malcolm Cameron to James Cameron for south 1/2ves of westerly and easterly halves of Lot 14, concession 4 McNab
1880 Charles Millar to William Watchhorn for lot 20 concession 1 Pakenham.
1881 Mortgage to Donald Stewart from North of Scotland Canadian Mortgage Company for north ½ lot 4, concession 5 McNab.
1881 Alexander Stewart to Fanny Headrick (discharge of mortgage for property not specified)
1882 John Hudson and John & James McManus for south east & south west quarters of lot 25, concession 7 Pakenham
1882 Neil Campbell to Jessie Campbell for east ½ of the east ½ of lot 14, concession 7 McNab
1884 John Headrick to David Headrick Jr. for east ½ lot 3, concession 3 McNab.
1889 Bridget McDonough to John Headrick for lot 27, concession 4 Pakenham
1892 Robert Dickson Brown, William Forbes Brown and George Frederick Henderson (executors of Robert Brown) to Augustus Ellis for east ½ lot 23, concession 5 and other lands, Pakenham. Note: attached to Quit Claim Deed was a note with the following “H. McManus, lot 23, concession 5.”
1893 Jessie Campbell to Walter Headrick for east ½ of lot 22, concession 4 Pakenham
1896 Adam McGunigal to Donald McGregor for village lot 11, White Lake
1896 John Burns Fraser to William & John Morphy for east ½ lot 20, concession 4 Pakenham
1896 Archibald Forgie Campbell & John Ludgate for east ½ lot 5, concession 1 Bagot
1900 Alexander Fraser to James Fraser for east ½ lot 6, concession 3 McNab (White Lake village lots 16 & 17)
1901 John Morphy to William Morphy for east ½ of east ½ lot 20, concession 4 Pakenham
1908 Benjamin Legree to School Section #8, Township of McNab, for part of south west quarter, lot 4, concession 9
1918 Sarah Headrick & Christy Smithson lot 23 concession 2 Pakenham and other lands with certain conditions.
Land Registry Extracts In Map Cabinet #3, Dwr 9
Bundle #3 (oversize)
1890 Abstract of title affecting the East ½ of lot 6, concession 6 of McNab
1875 Abstract of title affecting the rear or East ½ lot 6, concession 7 of McNab
1910 Abstract of title affecting the rear or East ½ lot 6, concession 7 of McNab
1900 Abstract of title affecting lot 23, concession 12 of Darling.
1909 Abstract of title affecting the West ½ of Lot 8, concession 4 of McNab
1951 Abstract of title affecting the West ½ of Lot 7, concession 4 of McNab.
Early Land Documents In Map Cabinet #3, Dwr 9
Bundle #4 (oversize)
1824 Land Grant from the Crown (with seal attached) to Alexander Stewart of Beckwith, 100 acres (minus Clergy Reserve of 14 acres) E1/2 of Lot 14 in the 9th Concession of Beckwith Township, Lanark County, dated 25 June 1824.
1848 Land Grant to Alexander Stewart of Township of McNab for 40 lbs, 200 acres for the West 1/2 and East 1/2 of Lot 2 in the 4th Concession of McNab Township on January 12 1848
1852 Land Grant to Alexander Stewart of Beckwith, for 100 acres for 40 lbs, the South West 1/2 of the Clergy Reserve, Lot 2 in the 5th Concession of McNab Township on January 3 1852
1887 Land Grant to John Stewart, Village of White Lake for 190 dollars for Lot 25 in the 11th Concession of Darling Township, County of Lanark on July 7th 1887.
STEWART BROTHERS CORRESPONDENCE SERIES 99-0107-3
1870 - 1968 1 m
This series contains bound letter books which document business transacted by the firm Stewart Bros. between 1870 - 1968. A file of notes created by Peter Hessel and Duncan Edward Stewart about various letters in the letter books is also included in this series.
Other files include correspondence about timber licenses, logging and the sale of Stewart Brothers to Kennedy lumber of Calabogie.
n.d. Miscellaneous Notes re: Letter books Box I 4.5
1927 - 1928 Statement of Dues & Timber Licenses
1930 - 1950 Correspondence re: Logging
1968 Correspondence re: Sale of Stewart Brothers
Letter Books: Folders I 3.7 to I 3.13
1870 to 1878 Donald Stewart
1870 to 1886 John Stewart
1878 to 1883 Donald Stewart
1886 to 1895 John Stewart
1895 to 1902 John Stewart
1902 to 1908 John Stewart
1908 to 1923 John Stewart
STEWART FAMILY SERIES 99-0107-4
1855 - 1978 1 m 65 cm
This series is comprised of various genealogical research files, estate files, diaries, journals, correspondence and photographs belonging to the Stewart family of Waba and the Barr family of Renfrew.
This series presents numerous examples of fine portrait photography from the local area as well as cartes des visites from across the country. The photographs in the Stewart Family Gallery, Miscellaneous Stewart Family Photographs and the Barr Family sub-series’ are excellent reference sources for family and social history researchers.
This sub-series contains seven miscellaneous files relating to family members, homes etc. Most of the notebooks in the 19th and 20th century notebooks files are not identified by name and some are undated. Exceptions are 1910 Duncan G. Stewart and Catherine Barr’s travel diaries of 1913, 1924 and undated. Duncan G. Stewart’s Student’s Directory to Queen’s University 1931-32 is included in the 20th century file.
File List: Box I 5.1
n.d. - 1938 Miscellaneous documents
1883 John Stewart of McNab, Justice of the Peace
1879 - 1994 Waba Stone House
 - 1950 Envelopes & Stamps
1921 - 1986 Duncan & Bessie Stewart - Certificates etc.
1927 - 1995 Duncan E. Stewart - Miscellaneous (including family history chart)
1960 - 1993 Duncan E. Stewart - School Board Business
The miscellaneous correspondence files contain approximately 50 pieces of correspondence from family, friends, business associates to both John and Donald Stewart. It also includes correspondence to Donald Stewart, Reeve of McNab Township about township matters.
Of note in the first file are several letters from cousin Alexander Stewart of Deer Lake. Letters to and from James Herron of Herron’s Mills about timber cutting on Herron’s property in the second miscellaneous file are of interest. Correspondence from George H. Phillips superintendent of the Ottawa & St. Lawrence Electric railway is also worth noting.
The third file contains 9 letters from Alexander Stewart (the Beckwith merchant) to his sons Robert and John of Waba. Throughout the correspondence, Alexander writes about cattle, lambs, barley and upcoming trips on the train to Pakenham. Alexander writes in 1884 that he wishes one of his sons to come and cheer him up and states in another letter that extremes of old age are coming on fast. He died in 1892 in his 100th year.
Correspondence from Jim Stewart at Queen’s University in Kingston and later of Montreal to his father John reveals a difficult relationship between father and son.
William James Stewart writes from Three Rivers Quebec to Duncan Edward Stewart regarding the installation of a power generator at Stewart Mills. Other letters written to his brother David are about the administration of various estates.
1870 - 1891 Miscellaneous Correspondence
1900 - 1958 Miscellaneous Correspondence
1877 - 1884 Alexander Stewart Correspondence
1902 - 1912 Jim Stewart Correspondence
1932 - 1954 William Stewart Correspondence
Research Files Sub-series 99-0107-4-3
 - 1984 5 cm Box I 5.1
This series is arranged alphabetically by family documented or by the person conducting research on the Stewart family. Duncan Stewart’s file includes two binders containing notes, charts, and correspondence about various Stewart family member including Alexander Stewart of Beckwith. The Letters from Overseas file contains several letters to “my dear friend” from cousin Catherine Stormont of Ballyduff Scotland. See also Barr diaries in Miscellaneous Textual Files and Barr Family Photographs.
 - 1994 Airth Family History
 Barr Family History
 Crane Family History
 Peter Hessel’s (Stewart Family) Research
1867 - 1939 Letters from Overseas
1968 -1992 McLaren Cemetery - Renfrew
 - 1992 McLaren Family History
1867 - 1983 Robertson Family History
 Daniel Stewart (Admaston) Family History
 Duncan Stewart (Horton) Family History
1978 - 1990 Duncan Stewart’s (Waba) Research
1967 - 1984 Margaret Stewart’s Research
Estate Files Sub-series 99-0107-4-4
1855 - 1971 15 cm Box I 5.1
This sub-series contains six files related to the estates and investments of various Stewart family members including Alexander Stewart, merchant of Waba.
1855 - 1878 Alexander Stewart (Merchant) Waba - Estate Papers
1884 - 1926 John Stewart (Merchant) Waba - Estate Papers
1935 - 1991 Investments, Certificates, Bonds etc.
1935 - 1936 Alexander Stewart - Estate Papers
1955 - 1983 Stewart Family Wills (Duncan Gordon, Ethel, Donald)
1968 - 1971 Andrew Mowat Stewart - Estate Papers
1989 Estate of Margaret Robertson Stewart
Margaret Stewart’s Slides Sub-series 99-0107-4-5
1956 -  15 cm Box I 5.5
Series consists of 800 slides arranged by date according to topics listed on original boxes.
The Arnprior & District Archives holds the Margaret Stewart fonds (93-0010) which contains other photographs and negatives along with textual files. Margaret worked for over 25 years as a Dietician and lecturer at MacDonald College, Montreal. She lived near her brother Duncan Edward Stewart in Waba and took an active interest in the lives of her nieces and nephews. The slides in this series portray life in Waba with her family and vacations throughout Canada, Europe, Jamaica and Bermuda.
1956 - 1960 Misc., loose slides of Waba creek activities (swimming, skating), Golden Lake
family photos, travel, farm scenes, Stewart homes, special occasions etc.
1956, 1963 Canada West (including Banff)
1957 Quebec & the Maritimes
1958, 1962 East Coast
1959 Jamaica, Bermuda & Royal Visit to Ottawa
1959 Lake Erie, Culver’s Farm, Stewart Clan - Brighton, Niagara Gorge, Waba etc.
1967 Expo ‘67
 [Holland] & England trip
Family Gallery Photographs Sub-Series 99-0107-4-6
 – 1978 30cm Box I 5.3, I 4.
This Sub-series of photographs contains 66 photographs of people related to the Stewart’s of Waba. Peter Hessel assigned this particular set of photographs the abbreviation FG to indicate “Family Gallery” in 1999. Generally, the photographs date from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
Biographical sketches of the various Stewarts, Burtons, Robertsons and Elliots included in this sub-series follow the numbered list. Peter Hessel compiled this information as part of on-going genealogical research. The biographical sketches note how Duncan Edward Stewart (Elizabeth Stewart-Hessel’s father) was related to each individual.
Peter Hessel also compiled an alphabetical list of photography studios related to the photographs in this FG sub-series. This list appears after the Family Gallery Biographical Sketches. Local studios include the Arnprior Art Studio run by R.A. Ramsay, the Handford Studio in Renfrew as well as R. Sim of Renfrew.
FG 01 Daniel Burton Stewart
See also FG 60.
FG 02 Mabel Stewart
See also FG 26, 29, 45, 61, 52, 65.
FG 03 Ethel Margaret Stewart
See also FG 04, 05, 68, etc.
FG 04 Ethel Margaret Stewart
FG 05 Not in this collection
FG 05a Isabelle and Ethel Stewart
Left: Isabelle Stewart Right: Ethel Margaret Stewart (See FG 03, FG 04). Photograph by Handford, 1909.
FG 06 Duncan Gordon Stewart
Same as FG 28
FG 07 and FG 08 Not in this collection.
FG 09 Peter David Stewart
FG 10 Catherine (Kate) Annie Stewart
See FG 53.
FG 11 Annie Jamison Stewart
See also FG 22, 33, 34, 64
FG 12 Not in this collection
FG 13 Leitch, Robert
Probably brother of Elizabeth Burton of Rutherglen, Scotland. Did not come to Canada. Photo taken in 1873.
FG 14 Margaret Robertson Stewart and Duncan Edward Stewart
Photograph by A.L. Handford, Renfrew.
Shows Margaret, age 5 and Duncan age 9 at Christmas 1918.
Same as FG 32. See FG 35, 56. See also Duncan E. Stewart Collection.
FG 15 Duncan Edward Stewart
Photograph of Duncan Stewart as young child with book.
See FG 14, 35, 56.
FG 16, 17, 18 Not part of this collection.
FG 19 William and Elizabeth Burton
FG 20 John Stewart
Miniature tintype in case.
FG 21 Jean Elliot
See FG 54.
FG 22 Ladies on the porch.
Left to right:unidentified woman, Ethel Stewart nee Burton (b. 1847),
Annie J. Stewart (b. 1885), unidentified friend.
FG 23 Catherine Annie Stewart
Photo: A.L. Handford, Renfrew. See also FG 70.
FG 24 Same as FG 23.
FG 25 Not assigned
FG 26 Mabel Stewart
See FG 02.
FG 27 Archie and Bill Stewart
Photograph of Archie and Bill as children.
Inscription on back reads “cousins”. Photo by A.L. Handford, Renfrew.
FG 28 Duncan Gordon Stewart
Same as FG 06.
FG 29 Renfrew Collegiate Institute Team1906
Holding ball: Mabel Stewart. See
FG 02. Photo by A.L. Handford, Renfrew.
FG 30 Unidentified Children
probably Duncan Edward Stewart’s mother Ethel Stewart (left) and 2 sisters. Photograph by R. Sim, Renfrew. [Same as FG 31]
FG 31 Same as FG 30.
FG 32 Margaret Robertson Stewart and Duncan Edward Stewart
Same as FG 14.
FG 33 Annie Jamieson Stewart
See FG 11, FG 22.
FG 34 Same as FG 33
FG 35 Duncan Edward Stewart
circa 1929. See FG 14.
FG 36 Margaret N. Burton
Photo: J.S. Hulett, Napanee.
FG 37 Death notice for William Robertson
Relationship uncertain - born March 26, 1849, died Mar. 16, 1895. Probably one of the Robertsons of Robertson's Corners who were related to Margaret Robertson, (wife of John Stewart of Waba).
FG 38 Annie Robertson
Photo mailed from “the Soo” in 1917.
See also FG 51.
FG 39 Duncan Stewart
See FG 39, 40, 63, 66, 67 [tin plates of home], 70.
FG 40 Same as FG 39.
FG 41 and FG 42 Not part of this collection.
FG 43 Group photograph
This group includes Ethel Margaret Stewart (nee Stewart)
Mrs. Duncan Stewart in middle row, 3rd from left (See FG 03), and
Annie Stewart (later Jull).
Other names: Jessie Burton (Eadie), Lizzie Burwell (Peeder), Nell Eady Mary Eady (Juby), Kit Cale (Eady), Lena Burton (Stewart), Lizzie Russell, Lizzie Cale.
FG 44 Same as above, without names.
FG 45 Mabel Stewart
Same as FG 26.
FG 46 Elizabeth Stewart
FG 47 Mabel Stewart
Same as 25 and 45.
FG 48 Mabel Stewart
See FG 02, FG 26, etc.
FG 49 Elizabeth (Lil) Douglas
Photo by C.H. Boyes, Kingston
FG 50 Not in this collection.
FG 51 Annie Robertson
Annie with her husband Hugh McArthur of Carleton Place.
Photo: Herbert E. Simpson, Toronto. See FG 38
FG 52 Grace Young
Pictured with her husband Willie Young and their two daughters. The photograph, by C.C. Pelton in Carleton Place is from about 1900.
FG 53 Catherine (Kate) Annie Stewart
See FG 10.
FG 54 Jean Stewart
Photograph shows Stewart as a student. See FG 21.
FG 55 Mabel Stewart
Mabel with an unidentified man in Army uniform, with Army tent in the background.
See FG 02, 26, etc.
FG 56 Duncan E. Stewart
Photograph shows Stewart as an adolescent or very young man.
See FG 14, 15, etc.
FG 57 William Stewart
Photograph of William Stewart as an old man.
See also FG 58.
FG 58 William Stewart
Graduation portrait, photo by C. H. Boyes. See FG 57
FG 59 George E. Stewart
FG 60 Daniel Burton Stewart
Photograph shows Daniel as a child. See FG 01.
FG 61 Group Photograph
Left to right: Mabel Stewart (See FG 02) and Annie Jamieson Stewart, (See FG 11) and an unidentified cousin.
FG 62 Mabel Stewart
Mabel Stewart with Duncan Leslie. Photo by G. Handford, Renfrew, about 1901.
FG 63 Duncan Stewart
Duncan Stewart of Horton. Photograph by Handford. See FG 39
FG 64 Wedding Photograph
August 1941. Left to right: Rev. Percy Jull and Annie Jamieson (nee Stewart). See FG 11. .
FG 65 Not assigned.
FG 66 Not part of this collection
FG 66a John Stewart
FG 67 Duncan Stewart Home
3 tin-types depicting Stewart home in Horton Township. See FG 39.
FG 68 Ethel Stewart
See FG 03. Photograph by Gus. Handford.
FG 69 Mabel Robertson
Mabel Robertson photographed by the Arnprior Art Studio.
FG 70 Duncan Stewart
Duncan is pictured with his wife Annie nee Burton (FG 23). Annie’s obituary note is attached.
FG 71 Mrs. James Robertson (Rhoda Royce)
Mrs. Robertson was the wife of “Uncle Jim Robertson”. Their children: Jimmy (See FG 73), Harry, Willie, Jennie). Photo taken in Ogdensburg.
FG 72 Christina Robertson
Photograph taken in Prahran, Scotland.
FG 73 Jimmy Robertson
Photograph taken in Brockville.
FG 74 Unidentified Woman
Photograph taken in Londonderry. Written on back: “Mr. D. Stewart from Mother, June 1904”. This woman could possibly have been the mother of Margaret (Mrs. John) Stewart nee Robertson, in which case she would have been great-grandmother of Duncan Edward Stewart.
FG 75 Stewart Family, Waba
Colour photograph taken by Dieter Hessel in December 1978. Left to right, front row: June Stewart nee Rowland (David's wife), Peter Stewart (born June 1976 and Michael Stewart (born 1978), Judy Stewart (later Cerigo, b. 1941), Dr. Dimitry Cerigo.
Left to right, seated: Duncan Edward Stewart (1910-1996), Elizabeth (Bessie) Wallace Stewart nee McLaren (b. 1912), Peter Hessel (b. 1931).
Left to right, standing: Neil Stewart (b. 1948), Calvin Buck, Madeline Buck nee Stewart (b. 1954), David Stewart (b. 1944), Elizabeth Stewart-Hessel (b. 1940).
FG 76 Stewart Family, Waba
Colour photograph taken by Dieter Hessel in December 1978. Seated: Duncan Edward Stewart and Elizabeth (Bessie) Wallace Stewart nee McLaren.Standing, left to right: David, Judy, Madeline, Neil, Elizabeth. See FG 75.
Family Gallery Biographical Sketches
Burton, Catherine Annie
Catherine Annie Burton was born June 26, 1847 in Horton Twp. She was the daughter of Daniel Stewart and Elizabeth Leitch. In 1869, she married Duncan Stewart of Horton Twp. They had 9 children including Ethel. Annie died in Renfrew Oct. 1, 1922 in her 75th year and was buried at Thompson Hill Cemetery, Renfrew. See obit file. She was the maternal grandmother of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Burton, Elizabeth, nee Leitch
Elizabeth Burton was the maternal great-grandmother of Duncan Edward Stewart. Elizabeth Leitch was born in Rutherglen, Scotland in 1811. She was the wife of William, also from Scotland. She died in 1875 in Horton Twp. Note in envelope "Furniture, etc." states that she wove an "early Canadian" rug.
Burton, Margaret N.
Margaret Burton was born Oct. 25, 1853. She lived in Renfrew and died Sep. 28, 1927. She was the unmarried, maternal aunt of Duncan Edward Stewart.
William Burton was the maternal great-grandfather of Duncan Edward Stewart. He was the husband of Elizabeth (nee Leitch) and father of Annie. William was born in 1796 in Nottingham, England. He died in 1872 in Horton Township.
Elliot, Jean nee Stewart
Jean Stewart Elliot is the daughter of Daniel Burton Stewart of Horton Twp. (FG 21). She was born March 17, 1913. She married Ray Elliott and resided at Pinnacle Farm, Renfrew. Jean Elliot is a cousin of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Annie Robertson was the daughter of James Robertson of Pakenham. She married D. McGregor, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She was great-aunt of Duncan Edward Stewart,
Jimmy Robertson was the son of James Robertson of Pakenham. Relationship to Waba Stewarts is undetermined; possibly a brother to Margaret Stewart (nee Robertson).
Mabel Robertson married a Thomas Burns. No other information is known about her.
Stewart, Annie Jamison
Annie Stewart was the daughter of Duncan Stewart, Horton Twp. She was born on July 1, 1885. She received her B.A. at Queen's University. She first taught at Carp Continuation School, then for many years was a teacher, vice-principal and acting principal at Nepean High School in Ottawa. She retired in 1941. On Aug. 21, 1941 Annie married Rev. Percy L. Jull (FG 64; Obit file). They lived in Brooklin, Ontario. until his death in 1949. She died in Renfrew Hospital on March 2, 1970 in her 85th year. Her papers were donated to Nepean High School, Ottawa, in Nov. 1989. See Obit file. Her passport is in the file “Other Relatives” in the Margaret Stewart Collection. Annie was the maternal aunt of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Stewart, Catherine (Kate) Annie
Catherine (Kate) Stewart was the daughter of Duncan Stewart of Horton Township; born May 15, 1873. She became a nurse in Montreal and retired in 1939. She died in Renfrew on Oct. 18, 1953, in her 81st year. She was buried at Thompson Hill Cemetery, Renfrew. Catherine was the maternal aunt of Duncan Edward Stewart. See diaries, Obit file.
Stewart, Daniel Burton
Daniel Burton Stewart was the son of Duncan Stewart of Horton Twp. He was born Feb. 23, 1877 and farmed at parents' homestead until 1948, when he moved into Renfrew. Daniel Stewart served on Horton Council for 17 years, 6 years as Reeve. He was married in 1909 to Isabel nee McLellan (who died 1960). They had three sons: Archie of Deep River, William and Jim of Renfrew; 1 daughter: Jean (Mrs. Ray Elliott, FG 21) of Renfrew. Daniel Burton Stewart died in Renfrew, Oct. 17th 1969, in his 93rd year. Daniel was the maternal uncle of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Stewart, Duncan Gordon
See Biographical Sketches
Stewart, Duncan (Horton)
Duncan Stewart was born on Feb. 7, 1835 in Perthshire, Scotland. He was son of Daniel and Catherine Stewart. He came to Canada with his parents in 1846 at age 11. He was a farmer and Reeve of Horton Township. Duncan Stewart married Annie nee Burton on Apr. 7, 1869. He died on June 24, 1909 and was buried at Thompson Hill Cemetery, Renfrew. Duncan Stewart’s farm homestead in Horton was W Half, Lot 17, Conc. 3. He also owned NE Half of Lot 17, Concession 2, and W Half of Lot 18, Conc. 3. Duncan and Catherine Stewart had the following sons: William, Daniel Burton and Peter David; daughters: Catherine Annie, Ethel. He was the maternal grandfather of Duncan Edward Stewart of Waba. See a typewritten copy of his last will and testament, dated June 21, 1909 in file “Stewart, Duncan of Horton”.
Stewart, Elizabeth nee Douglas (also spelled Douglass)
Elizabeth Stewart was the wife of Alexander Stewart of Borenich. Extract from a letter by Bruce Cairnie (file Stewart History) reads; “You say that your great-grandfather married a Miss Douglas from the same part of Scotland, and I came across an entry: “James Douglas in Borenich and Helen Douglas had a son John 28.10.95”. I did not look for a daughter, but Douglas was an unusual name in the parish, and propinquity is quite a powerful factor in promoting marriage! " Elizabeth was the Paternal great-grandmother of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Brown, Elizabeth (Lil) Douglas
Elizabeth Brown (nee Stewart), was the paternal aunt of Duncan Edward Stewart and daughter of John Stewart and Margaret Robertson. She was born Dec. 31, 1881and graduated from Queen's University. She married Rev. Dr. George Brown. Elizabeth died June 1 , 1959 in Kingston (see obit). She was the mother of Dr. Stewart Brown, Dr. Malcolm Brown and Douglas Brown.
Stewart, Ethel Margaret
Ethel Stewart was born in Horton Twp., Nov. 7 1882. Her parents were Duncan and Catherine Annie Stewart. She married Duncan Gordon Stewart (no relation). She died at Arnprior Hospital on March 3, 1964 in her 82nd year. Ethel Stewart was the mother of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Stewart, George E
George was the son of William and Annie Stewart. He was a maternal cousin of Duncan Edward Stewart. He died in Renfrew.
Grace Stewart was born in 1839. She was the daughter of Alexander Stewart (Borenich). Grace Stewart was the youngest daughter of Alexander Stewart (Borenich) and his wife Elizabeth nee Douglas. She was born on Feb. 2, 1839 in Black's Corners, Beckwith and baptized March 17, 1839. In his will, his brother Donald Stewart left her to occupy part of his house and also left her a legacy of $2000 in 1883. She may have been keeping house for Donald. She married William (Willie) Young (born 1852), a Scottish immigrant and a cousin of unknown degree. They lived with her father Alexander at the homestead in Beckwith. Alexander Stewart mentioned them both in a letter to his sons (complaints about Willie’s farming methods). Grace and William had no children. Grace died on April 21, 1920. A nephew of William, David Young (1873-1955) came over from Scotland and married Margaret Grace Scott, a granddaughter of Alexander’s, and they lived on the property in Black's Corners (Beckwith). Grace was the Great-aunt of. Duncan Edward Stewart.
Stewart, Isabelle nee McLellan
Isabelle Stewart married Daniel B. Stewart (See FG 01), and was Jean Stewart Elliot’s mother.
Stewart, John (Scotland)
John Stewart was the maternal great-great-grandfather of Duncan Edward Stewart. This John Stewart was born in 1784 in Scotland. He was the son of David Stewart who in 1766 married Janet Campbell. John married Mary Gow. They were the parents of Daniel Stewart who was born in 1803.
Stewart, John (Horton)
This John Stewart was the son of Daniel Stewart of Horton, great-uncle of Duncan Edward Stewart. He settled in Douglas.
Mabel Stewart was the unmarried daughter of Duncan Stewart of Horton Twp. She was born in Dec. 1888. Mabel taught in Renfrew public schools for 40 years. She died in Renfrew on Aug. 11, 1960, at age 71 and is buried at Thompson Hill cemetery, Renfrew. She was the maternal aunt of Duncan Edward Stewart. See her diaries and obituary.
Stewart, Margaret Robertson
Margaret Stewart was the only sister of Duncan Edward Stewart. She was born Jul. 24, 1914. She became a dietitian and lecturer at MacDonald College, McGill University, Montreal. She died at Arnprior Hospital, August 24,1989 and was buried at White Lake Cemetery. See Margaret Stewart Collection.
Stewart, Peter David
Peter David Stewart was the son of Duncan Stewart of Horton Twp. He was born Aug. 19, 1880 and lived in Brighton. He married Sep. 20, 1904 and was the father of Lois Stirling. He was the maternal uncle of Duncan Edward Stewart.
William Stewart was born April 27,1870. He was the son of Duncan Stewart of Horton Twp. He married Oct. 19, 1897. Had gone west, but returned to Renfrew where his young son Duncan Leslie, died from poisoning at age 1 ½ (Renfrew Mercury, Mar. 8, 1901) See photo of child in FG 62. William Stewart died in Oct. 1954. William Stewart was the maternal uncle of Duncan Edward Stewart.
Ramsay, R.A., Arnprior Art Studio, Arnprior 50a, 50b
Sim, R., Renfrew 30, 31
Simpson, Herbert E., Toronto 51
Stewart, Duncan E. (DES) 28
Timothy, A.R., Kingston 16, 17
Yeoman, V. Co., Prahran, Scotland 72
Murray & Son, Brockville 73
Miscellaneous Stewart Family Photographs Sub-Series 99-0107-4-7
[1880 – 1975] 45cm Box I 4.1, Box I 4.2, Box I 4.3,
Box I 4.4, Box I 6.3, I 6.4
predominant dates [1880 – 1950]
This first part of this series contains 55 photographs of various Stewart relations, friends and unidentified people. They have been placed in numbered, plastic sleeves for easier reference and safe handling. The second part of this series contains approximately 150 photographs contained in two folders and three albums which contain several tin types. The third part of this sub-series contains material from the 1930’s to 1970’s. It includes a group of negatives and prints that portray Duncan and Bessie Stewart’s family life.
Supplied dates follow descriptions. If the archivist supplied dates, they appear in square brackets. If no date is known, the abbreviation “n.d.” was used.
Photographs of people from Renfrew, Pembroke, Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, Collingwood and Glasgow Scotland can be found in this miscellaneous collection of photographs. These particular photographs were not included in Peter Hessel’s Family Gallery, nor do they belong to the large collection of Barr Family photographs.
A group photograph of the students of Waba School, 1921 is of particular interest. Duncan E. Stewart identified several people in these photographs in 1994.
Box I 6.3
Sleeve 1 a) Lily Douglas Stewart, n.d.
b) Lily Douglas Stewart, n.d.
Sleeve 2 a) George Brown at Queens University, 1907.
Photographed by Henderson, Kingston.
b) George Brown and [his mother], n. d.
Sleeve 3 a) Alexander Newton Stewart, n. d.
Photographed by Jarvis, Ottawa.
b) Alexander Newton Stewart, n. d.
Photographed by Winnipeg studio.
Sleeve 4 a) Fred Lyttle
b) Unidentified man
Sleeve 5 a) Unidentified baby
Sleeve 6 a) Aunt Annie Stewart at Queen’s University, n. d.
b) Unidentified woman photographed by Arnprior Art Studio
Sleeve 7 a) Unidentified woman (possibly girlie or Girtie) n. d. Photographed by Edward Harrison Studios, Pembroke
b) Same unidentified woman, n. d.
c) Same unidentified woman, n. d.
Sleeve 8 a) Unidentified couple.
b) Unidentified man holding long stick, n.d.
Photographed by Pittaway.
Sleeve 9 a) Duncan Gordon Stewart, n. d.
b) Unidentified woman, n. d.
Sleeve 10 a) Unidentified woman, possibly Flossie Vauchex, n. d.
Photographed by a Pembroke Studio.
Photographed in Sault Ste. Marie.
Sleeve 11 a) Unidentified woman, n. d.
Photographed by Topley.
Photographed by Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. studio.
Sleeve 12 a) Unidentified man, n. d.
Photographed by Anderson, Almonte.
b) Same unidentified man as graduate, n.d.
Photographed by Toronto Studio.
Sleeve 13 a) Young family of Clay Bank, n. d.
Photographed by Arnprior Art Studio.
b) W. [McKhillas], n. d.
Photographed in New York.
Sleeve 14 a) Donald James Stewart, n. d.
Photographed by Kingston studio.
b) Unidentified man, n. d.
Photographed by London, Ontario studio.
Sleeve 15 a) A. Stirling Robertson in uniform as a young man, n. d.
Photographed by Handford Studio in Renfrew.
Photographed by Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. studio.
Sleeve 16 a) Unidentified grandparents with grandchild (girl), n. d.
Photographed by Dublin studio.
b) Unidentified family, n. d.
Photographed by Glasgow studio.
Sleeve 17 a) Four Sparling girls; Lola, Annie, Alice and Kathleen, n. d.
Photographed by Handford Studio in Renfrew.
Sleeve 18 a) Unidentified woman with a parasol, 
b) Unidentified baby, n. d.
Sleeve 19 a) Maud H. Lough, 1905
Photographed by Kelsey, Arnprior.
Sleeve 20 a) Unidentified woman, n.d.
Photographed by studio in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan.
b) Helen Cooper of Collingwood, Ontario, 1902.
A note reads “Died in 1959” on back of photo.
Sleeve 21 a) Unidentified Queen’s University graduate, n. d.
Photographed by Henderson studio, Kingston.
b) Unidentified Queen’s University graduate, n. d.
Photographed by Henderson studio, Kingston.
Sleeve 22 a) Unidentified young woman, n.d.
Photographed by a Bowmanville studio.
b) Unidentified old woman, n.d.
Photographed by an Ogdensburg, New York studio.
Sleeve 23 a) [P. Campbell], n. d.
Photographed by a Glasgow studio.
b) [P. Campbell], n. d.
Photographed by a Glasgow studio.
Sleeve 24 a) Unidentified woman, n. d.
Photographed by Handford Studio in Renfrew.
b) Edith Crane in decorative frame, n. d.
(see also Barr Family photographs)
Sleeve 25 a) Waba School, 1921.
Teacher: Miss McLaren, Front row: Ken McManus, Jack Barrie, Holden McLachlan, Alex Jones, Duncan E. Stewart, R. J. Campbell, John Headrick, Donald McLachlan, Peter Headrick.
Back row: Loella Morphy, Jessie Barrie (Raycroft), _ Bandy, _ McManus, Susie Watchorn, Leila Campbell (Snedden), Jean McLaren, Ruby Wilson (McIntyre), Jean Headrick, _ McManus, _ McManus, Gladys McNab (Rivet).
Most of the people in this part of the sub-series are unidentified.
Box I 4.1 Folder 1
a) Unidentified man, n. d.
b) Group photograph of several Stewarts at [cottage]. Several people are identified.
c) Group photograph of at [cottage], n. d.d. Several people are identified as Stewarts, Robertsons, Grahams and Browns.
d) Waba Stewarts with Grahams, Robertsons, Patterson and Campbell, n. d.
e) same as above.
f) School Section #3 Pakenham, n. d.
Twins Andrew M. Stewart and William Gladstone Stewart (sons of John Stewart) are in middle.
g) Dublin family, n. d.
h) Two young girls from British Columbia, n. d.
Box I 4.1 Folder 2
a) Renfrew County Council, Pembroke, 1926. 6th from left (top row) is John Childerhose McIntyre, Reeve of Eganville.
b) Group of masons, n. d. Photographed by Handford Studio in Renfrew.
c) [Central School Staff],  Included in photo; Sally Aikenhead (Fraser), Brian Yuke and Duncan Edward Stewart and others with school board trustee A. J. Charbonneau.
d) [Renfrew County School Board Trustees],  Included in photo by Lowe’s studio Pembroke; Duncan Edward Stewart and others.
e) ) [Renfrew County School Board Trustees],  Included in photo by Lowe’s studio Pembroke; Duncan Edward Stewart, Ros Donnelly and others.
Box I 4.2 White Album First photograph is James Stewart and his mother. The other 14 are unidentified and date between [1880 - 1900].
Box I 4.3 Brown Album This album contains 60 unidentified photographs of men, women and children. Among them are 4 tin-types in very good condition. One photograph of Donald Stewart of Waba is contained in this album along with an unknown school photograph showing several children with bare feet.
Box I 4.4 Green Album This album contains 55 photographs and dates from [1894 – 1920]. The following people are identified; Alex Stirling, Mr. & Mrs. Stirling, Lily Douglas Stewart, Alex Young, John Young, Jennett Robinson of Pakenham, Gena McAdam, Eva & Ella Cuthbert Robertson. This album also contains a photograph of a home by James Thompson of Almonte and the Waba General store .
Part 3: Box I 6.4
The following list of negatives was prepared by Duncan E. Stewart in 1998 with comments on right by P. Hessel:
1 Margaret’s house Now 3811 Highland Road, Waba
(since 1990, “Hessel house”)
2 Sign post at Golden Lake
3 ? Liz Elizabeth Stewart b. 1940
4 ? David David Stewart b. 1944
5 Jean McL. + pup Jean McLaren (Bessie’s half-sister)
6 Ginger (dog)
7 Ginger & ? in front of fireplace, Stewarts’ home
8 Winter scene from bridge, up creek, From the old 5th Line bridge, showing
at Waba many tall white pine
9 Various pictures when Stewart was here 8 negatives (Stewart Brown was Duncan’s
+ also 2 visiting girls, Margaret cousin, Margaret Stewart his sister in Waba
10 Royal visit 4 negatives, 1939 Royal visit, Ottawa
11 R.M.C. graduation 6 negatives, Royal Military College, Kingston
12 Maxwell family here Relatives of Bessie Stewart nee McLaren, “here” = in Waba
13 Jean & Ray wedding (Elliott) Jean nee Stewart (Duncan’s cousin) and
Ray Elliott; they farmed in Renfrew at
the “Pinnacle Farm”
14 Bessie & Duncan at wedding Bessie and Duncan Stewart at above
15 Mostly children’s 16 photos (Waba?)
16 Apple blossoms on ground @ Waba
17 Flowers in bowl Also books & book ends
18 Bessie Bessie Stewart, coat & hat, at house
19 View of house View of Stewart residence from what is now Sawmill Road (from northeast)
20 Margaret, Jean, Malcolm, Stewart Margaret Stewart, Jean McLaren, Malcolm and Stewart Brown
22 ? graduation at Queens
23 A lake scene
24 Ginger as pup
25 Child in stroller
26 House before front hedge cut Stewart residence from Waba Creek side
(from the driveway)
28 Jean McL and Ginger Jean McLaren
29 Trio to [illegible] and monument, 10 negatives of trip to ?, 1 negative of
Black’s Corners war memorial in Black’s Corners, which
shows Bessie’s brother’s name (David McLaren), who was killed in World War !
30 Royal visit 8 negatives of Royal visit, Ottawa
31 Bessie Seated on sofa
32 French Embassy, Ottawa Sussex Drive
33 Mission Band ?
35 Dad & Ginger in boat Duncan E. Stewart
36 ? Mission band Group photo
37 Young boy in car
38 Young girl with sleigh
39 ?Golden Lake from hill ?
40 2 negatives: girl in front of house and
log boom on river
41 Stewart, Bessie and Ginger in boat Stewart Brown, Bessie Stewart
42 Aeroplane shooting at barrage balloon, 7 negatives [Pickerel Bay is on White
Pickerel Bay Lake
43 Logs, Waba 4 small negatives. Logs used to be driven to the Waba mill on Waba Creek from White Lake
44 Children and 2 grandparents 6 negatives; grandfather Duncan G.
Stewart (b. 1875); grandmother Ethel Stewart nee Stewart (b. 1882); with
baby bath/changing table
45 Children & Allan & RS. B. Allan Cairnie [boy in shorts, a distant Scottish relative]
46 Aeroplane picture, i.e. from aeroplane 7 negatives [aerial photos]
47 5 negatives of family photos, 1 of logs
48 Taken in Dad’s living room 8 negatives: grandparents (Duncan G. and Ethel Stewart), Waba, with children
— 2 negatives not inside pouch: one with stroller (winter scene)
49 10 negatives: Francis’s wedding
50 Stairway pictures 7 negatives: inside Stewart residence
51 Children in sun suits on lawn 19 negatives: all around Stewart home
52 Combermere 6 negatives: beach, boats
53 Dad’s lawn, Dad, Mr. McL. & children 12 negatives: Dad = Duncan G. Stewart, Mr. McL. = David McLaren [b. 1866], Bessie’s father
54 Children in snow suits 7 negatives: on and near 5th Line bridge over Waba Creek
55 Taken indoors here 16 negatives
56 King & Queen Royal visit, Ottawa, 1939
57 Gaspé 5 negatives: incl. Percé Rock
58 Mom’s 2 negatives: children
59 David David Stewart (b. 1944), Waba
60 Children, miscellaneous 11, some of children, others of Stewart house in Waba, also beach scenes ...
61 Basswood 3 negatives: at the Waba sawmill
62 Logging, some Shane pine, 8 negatives: horses and sleigh with logs,
some @ Waba truck with logs
63 Children at Andy’s? logs 4 negatives: giant logs; children
64 Wedding pictures 12 negatives: some of 1936 wedding of
Duncan E. Stewart and Bessie nee McLaren, some of people on bridge
65 Mrs. M. ...? [empty]
66 Band + church 8 large negatives of a construction site;
4 small negatives
67 Burnstown bridge Burnstown bridge under construction
68 Living room, Christmas 41 7 negatives
69 Arnprior road & veneer elm 5 negatives: 2 of log truck (Beach Co. Ltd., Winchester, in front of stone house, Waba, 3 of road
70 2 small negatives: construction site and
71 Children in boat, Bessie 3 negatives
72 Children with Grandpa McLaren 9 negatives (no grandfather)
74 Allan Cairnie Wearing kilt [distant relative from
Scotland, evacuated to Canada during
75 Family 3 negatives [1 including grandmother
76 Margaret, Mother, Allan C, + ? Margaret Stewart, Ethel Stewart, Allan Cairnie
77 Men cutting Shane pine
78 Judy & Tess Judy Stewart (b. 1941, later Cerigo) with dog
79 ? Stewartville dam construction? 2 small negatives
80 River scene
93 General view of old mill & pond [empty]
94 Mostly Liz and Judy, some in front of 9 negatives, some on 5th Line bridge
95 Children, some with DES & Bessie 12 negatives
96 Children, one Jean washing Tess 6 negatives
97 Children 6 negatives
98 Children 16 negatives, 1 with boy (Allan Cairnie?) standing in front of old saw mill
99 Children 5 negatives
100 View of creek in winter 1 neg. winter view [badly scratched],
1: child in bath/change table;
1: 2 young women
[1930 - 1970]
Approximately 150, small format B&W and colour photographs that are not arranged in date order. Subject matter includes candid photographs of Duncan and Bessie Stewart's extended family in and around Waba. Other topics include travel, landscape, home and garden photography. Shots of family on holiday at Golden Lake (Agawaten) and Shirley's Bay are included in this part of the Sub-series.
An interior shot of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in White Lake dated September 1931, the time of their Golden Jubilee.
Approximately 20 photographs of the Stewartville dam under construction and the Des Joachim dam .
Barr Family Photographs Sub-Series 99-0107-4-8
1869 –  30cm Box I 6.1, I 6.2
Bessie (Elizabeth Wallace) Stewart’s mother was Isabella Crane, a school teacher in Burnstown. Bessie’s father was David Barr McLaren. Cathy Barr and Bessie Stewart were 2nd cousins. The Barr family photographs in this sub-series along with the journals in the Miscellaneous Textual Files sub-series were brought into the Stewart family fonds by Mrs. D. Stewart who was executrix of Cathy Barr’s estate.
Many fine photographs of the Barr home on Raglan Street in Renfrew are contained in this sub-series. Many portraits of Airth, McIntyre, McLaren and Barr family members are found in this sub-series. Please refer to the family history files in the Stewart Family Research Files (99-0107-4-3) for more information about the Airth, Barr and McLaren families.
An early photograph of William Airth’s store on Raglan Street in Renfrew is of particular interest. Post cards of Renfrew and photographs of homes on Raglan street are also of historical interest.
Box I 6.2
Sleeve 1 Jack Stalker – Irish Constabulary, n. d.
Sleeve 2 D. Morris Robertson, aged 2 years, August 12, 1894.
Sleeve 3 Brown, n. d.
Sleeve 4 Uncle Donald Stewart, Waba, n. d.
Sleeve 5 Sarah C. Stewart (L.P.L.C.) 1897 “to Cathye” [Barr]
Sleeve 6 Louise Tye, Chatham, On, 
Sleeve 7 Bertha E. Wright (Mrs. Hepburn), Toronto, June 13, 1896
Sleeve 8 Edith Crane, 12 Walmer Rd., Toronto, n. d.
Sleeve 9 Edith Raven, Owen Sound, On, n. d.
Sleeve 10 Nettia R. Marshey (L.P.L.C.) 1897, “to Cathye” [Barr]
Sleeve 11 _ Burrows, Belleville, On, n. d., “to Cathye” [Barr]
Sleeve 12 Marion Filshie, 1900
Sleeve 13 Flossie Burke, , “hello Cath”
Sleeve 14 Ethel L. Johnson, Belleville, On, n. d.
Sleeve 15 Group photograph [L.P.L.C.] with l. to r. _ Burrows, Flossie Burke, Nettia R. Marshey, Ethel Johnson and unidentified. 
Group photograph [L.P.L.C.] graduates – third from right [Mrs. Duncan G. Stewart],
Sleeve 16 Family Group identifying: Father, Lionel, Alfred, Harrie (Harriet), Mother, Cyril and Bertie., n. d.
Sleeve 17 Rena [McAlloch], Burlington, n. d.
Sleeve 18 3 Photographs – a) Girtie D. 1890 “to Cathye” b) “Mary with _Girtie D.”
c) “Mary with Girties dearest and best O.L.C., Whitby 1896”
Sleeve 19 Two copies of Ethel L. Johnson, Belleville, Winnie B. Eilbeck, Kingston and unidentified woman, 1898
Sleeve 20 a) Pat [Weenlap] and Fred Lyttle, n. d.
b) Fred Lyttle portrait by Boyes, Kingston, n. d.
Sleeve 21 a) Mrs Henry Airth (Rachel McIntyre), n. d.
Portrait by Moffat & Co.
b) Mr. H. Airth, n. d.
Portrait by Sim of Renfrew.
Sleeve 22 Emily McLaren, 1897
Sleeve 23 Flossie (Burke) and Jean Vauchex, 1904, “to dear friend Cathy”.
Sleeve 26 a) Mabel N. Thomson, n. d.
b) H. Cameron, L.P.L.C., n. d.
Sleeve 27 a) Duncan McLaren , Nov. 12 1899, “to aunt D. Barr”
b) Duncan McLaren , Nov. 12 1899, “to aunt D. Barr”
Sleeve 28 a) Sargent H. Airth, a Waterloo veteran, n. d.
b) Tin-type – Murray Bay 1886, Mr. D. Barr with three daughters, Saguenay, Quebec.
Sleeve 29 a) Mabel N. Thompson, Ingelwood 1905, “lovingly yours”.
b) small photo of MAB (Mabel Thompson) with unidentified man, n. d.
Sleeve 30 a) Nina [Beltay], Dusseldorf, n. d. “to Cathie”
Box I 6.1
Envelope 1 Contains a small photograph album 1869 –  with portraits of:
Mr. & Mrs. Duncan McLaren, Catherine Barr, Guy Barr 1869, Roberty & Andrew Scobie 1888, William, David and Thomas Barr, Mrs. Ruth Wright and the Rev. George Thomson. Others are unidentified.
Envelope 2 Contains 18 portraits of: Catherine Barr, John McIntyre & family, David Barr, Robert Barr, William Barr, Thomas Morris, H. M. Airth, Jim Manley Barr (sons of James Barr).
Envelope 3 Contains: summer scenes , Golden Lake Camp, La Verda Island, golfing at Arnprior Golf Club, Sand Point, Barr’s with hunting dog, Mr. & Mrs. William Barr (nee Dalgliesh), Mrs. Fannie Wright. An undated program for the Renfrew Horse Show is also contained in this envelope.
Envelope 4 Contains 50 photographs [1880 – 1950] of Mary and Catherine Barr and brothers David and John at Raglan Street home.
Envelope 5 Contains 16 postcards and photographs of Renfrew [1880 – 1935]
Postcards: Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Renfrew Collegiate Institute, Low Square Memorial, Carnegie Library & Fire Station, New Dam, Bonnechere River showing McDougal Mill, Renfrew Woolen Mills, Renfrew Millionaires, Mr. McKinnon’s House, Horton St., Barr House.
Photographs: Ladies on the steps of the Renfrew Golf Club House, William Airth’s Store, Raglan Street  by Sim.
Envelope 6 Contains 20 Postcards to Barr sisters and blank cards  to .
Envelope 7 Contains 25 photographs of various Barr family members (some duplicates), 1900 – . Identified people include: John Gibbon’s and daughters (Mrs. T. Barr on left). D. Barr and friends in Kingston Jamaica 1900, Mr. & Mrs. David Airth, David & John Airth, Mrs. Knight, M. Airth and David Airth.
Envelope 8 Contains 17 vacation photographs (some duplicates) [1900 – 1920]. Photographs of Europe, British Columbia and Jamaica. See travel diaries in Miscellaneous Textual Files sub-series.
Portraits Folder Contains 14 portraits of various Barr family members with some unidentified people [1870 – 1930]. Identified photographs: Mrs. Tom Barr, Lorne Barr taken in Grafton N. Dakota, Robert Barr’s family (Nettie, Minnie, Guy and John), Mr. & Mrs. Donald McLaren (Marion Barr), Mrs. [Duksin] 1892, John Barr, Catherine Barr (various ages), [Bonnechere River] outings, unidentified school photograph, David Barr
Catherine or Mary Barr Album 1897 –  Contains vacation photographs [Nova Scotia, P.E.I], nursing sisters, home on Raglan St., Wright family members; Alice, D. B. McLaren with Duncan 1897, Mrs. O. W. [Wright], Harvey Wright 1897.
The Stewart Famco fonds arrived at the Arnprior & District Archives in no particular order. The archivist formed series based on the provenance, physical nature and subject matter of the documents. Please refer to the chart below for further details regarding arrangement of the fonds.
STEWART BROTHERS FINANCIAL RECORDS SERIES 99-0101-1
Sub-series - 1 Miscellaneous Accounting Records
Sub-series - 2 Day Books
Sub-series - 3 Waba General Store Account Books
Sub-series - 4 Textual Files
Sub-series –5 John Stewart (Beckwith) Invoices
STEWART BROTHERS LAND HOLDING and SURVEYING SERIES 99-0101-2
STEWART BROTHERS CORRESPONDENCE SERIES 99-0101-3
STEWART FAMILY SERIES 99-0101-4
Sub-series –1 Miscellaneous Textual Files
Sub-series –2 Correspondence
Sub-series –3 Genealogical Research Files
Sub-series –4 Estate Files
Sub-series –5 Margaret Stewart’s Slides
Sub-series –6 Family Gallery Photographs
Sub-series –7 Miscellaneous Stewart Family Photographs
Sub-series –8 Barr Family (Renfrew) Photographs
Payroll Cash Book 1967 – 1968 closed.
Hard copy of Stewart Famco Inventory available in Reading Room
See also: Duncan Edward Stewart Collection 1995-0057
See also: Margaret Stewart Collection 1993-0010
See also: Waba General Store Collection 1993-0001