The two scrapbooks were probably created by Norman Clarke (d. May 30 1966) and Eliza Gertrude Clarke nee Thomson (b. March 24 1882 d Jan 15 1968), although this is not certain. Eventually they became the property of Grant and Thelma Anderson. Thelma was Eliza's Clarke's daughter.
Grant Anderson donated the first album in 1996. The second album was donated by Thelma Anderson's neice Patricia Sztuke (nee Shannon) in 2015.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of two scrapbooks and other miscellaneous material:
The first scrapbook appears to have been compiled by Norman Clarke. It contains news items of many different families circa 1932-1966. Predominent names: Hunt, Needham, Story, Booth, Clarke, Switzer, Sadler, Throop, Badham etc. Included in the front are several pages of a Hunt family history. A separate file contains articles about Myrna Blair, Murray McBride and a tragic car accident that killed eight children.
The second scrapbook, attributed to Eliza Clark, contains Deaths, Marriages, Births, Funeral Cards & Obituaries, Weather, Events and Sales and Recipes and Household Hints from late 1880's to 1960's. According to a note in the scrapbook, it was written on the farm of John Thomson Lot 3E Concession 8 Pakenham Township. A Clarke Family History compiled by Thelma Anderson in 1987 is also included in the fonds.
Predominant names appearing in the clippings and notes include Clarke, Thomson, Steen, Beggs, Boal, White, Snedden, Scott, Woods, Meredith, Boese, Dugo, Shannon, Miller, Giles and Herrick. Contents of the ledger cover the geographical area of Galetta, Almonte and Pakenham. A Clarke family history written by Thelma Anderson in 1987 is also included.
A copy of a family photograph showing Edith, Kaye, Ruth, Laura, Thelma, Gert & Will Clarke, Alma, and Eileen Clark in the late 1930's is included in the fonds.