The Gilbert Parker collection consists of three folders. The first contains pieces of correspondence, primarily to Col. W.N. Ponton. Amoung the items he sent to Ponton were two propogandist pamphlets by Reverend H.M. Gwatkin and William Archer respectively. The second folder contains two of his publications, of which the poem "Was it Some Golden Star" was put to music by Edward Elgar, and two publications directed towards the United States with the aim of bringing them into World War I on the British side. The final folder contains items from the Gilbert Parker Banquet in 1902 with items including a menu and an invitation.
Twelve digitized copies of films previously donated to the Hastings County Historical Society by Pat Isaacs and Stan Else.
Films donated by Pat Isaacs of Roslin, Ontario:
Parades with the Shriners, family events including children feeding a captive bear, aftermath of a fire at Robertson Block on Main Street, Belleville, Ontario, in 1954, the exterior of the Shrine Club in Belleville, a fire at a vehicle collision, a military parade and a track and field day. [running time: 15:19] https://youtu.be/J-9GAcoP6TA
Parades, including one at the Shannonville Fair and one on Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, and footage of family events and gatherings, c.1955 [running time: 13:28] https://youtu.be/_aJ5b29fzqQ
General Motors picnic at Silver Lake, 14 June 1948 (including sports and games); speed boat races at the Government Dock, Belleville (with brief glimpse of City of Belleville ship); and the fire that destroyed Trudeau Motors on 20 December 1948 [running time: 12:02] https://youtu.be/geFPx2Auxi8
Family vacation in Florida, with footage of the James Melton Autorama museum, the Sandy Shores Motel in Miami Beach, boat trips, pelicans, Zane Motel, Spook Hill road sign, orange trees, women in Victorian clothing in gardens, c.1950 [running time: 10:54] https://youtu.be/ZvjGzMUaqEY
Vacation in California, parades with the Shriners, family scenes, an event at the opening of the Kinsmen outdoor pool in Belleville, Ontario, with a band and a synchronized swimming display, crowds at the railway station for the royal visit to Belleville, Ontario in 1951 [running time: 13:29] https://youtu.be/Wa_Z6SMApNU
Plan of part of the Town of Deseronto, before 1898 (the Terra Cotta works are still standing), showing roads, railways, buildings and lot numbers for properties south of Dundas Street, east of College Street (which has no name on the map) and west of Boundary Road. The map is hand-coloured to show the blocks and railways.
Negative photocopy (in 4 parts) of a plan of Mill Point village, 1875
Bank of Montreal account book for A.S. Valleau, Collector of Customs. 1901 March 26 – 1905 December 30. Includes six official Customs Canada cheques, one for the salary of Thomas Maloney.
Auditors’ Report, Financial Statement and Minutes and Bylaws for the year 1947, the Corporation of the County of Hastings
1950 Municipal directory, Department of Municipal Affairs, Province of Ontario. Includes brief details on towns and villages. Mayor of Deseronto was R.K.Jackson, clerk Miss M.C. Maher, population 1,473.
Minutes of the Local Board of Health, 1920, May 14 - 1941, Nov 18. Includes loose papers – correspondence, some annual reports
‘Record’, Local Board of Health minutes, 1942, February 23 – 1966, May 25, includes copies of correspondence and draft minutes
‘Docket No. 2’ Court register, 1932, July 29- 1933, July 18, giving name of defendant, details of offence and outcome of hearing. Indexed by surname of defendant
Division Court judges’ list for sittings, 1933, July 26 – 1944, March 7, includes names of plaintiffs, defendants and garnishees, with the amount owed and a brief record of the outcome of each case.
County of Hastings report and statements, December 31, 1946, by Garrett D. C. Morton, certified General Accountant. Typescript auditor’s account.
Bound ‘Population Census’ summary, 1951-1953, showing number of individuals in each lot by age.
Bound ‘Population Census’ summary, 1954-1955, showing number of individuals in each lot by age.
Bound ‘Population Census’ summary, 1956-1964, showing number of individuals in each lot by age.
Four photographs of St. Mark’s Church, Deseronto, Ontario: 1) Interior of church, taken by A. V. Richardson of Deseronto, early 20th century 2) Exterior of church, taken from Dundas Street, looking northwest, early 20th century 3) Interior of church, looking towards the altar, c.1940[?] 4) Exterior of church, taken from Dundas Street, looking north, dated December 1976
Collection principally comprises research notes, newspaper clippings, promotional publications and postcards relating to the history of the town of Deseronto, Ontario. It also includes a file of materials relating to a voyage on the Empress of Scotland ship in 1956.
Deseronto postcards and photographs, 1900-1920
Notes and ephemera relating to Kay Allin's voyage on the Empress of Scotland, July 1956
Publication Kente Mission, 1668-1680, 1968
Notes by Kay Allin on the history of Deseronto, c.1980-1990
Notes by Kay Allin on the history of the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Deseronto, c.1980-1990
File of newspaper clipping relating to Deseronto, 1967-1980
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to the Rathbun family, 1972-1980
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to Deseronto, 1978-1990
Reproduction of Deseronto High School 'Ballyhoo' publication, May 1928
Deseronto flyers and publications, including 1978 program for the North American Outboard Championships, 1967-1989
Publications relating to centennial celebrations in Deseronto, 1971 and 1989
Souvenir Route Book of The Kilties' world tour, 1908-1910
Souvenir Album of songs and marches, c.1910
Famous Bands of the British Empire by J. P. Hull, London, 1926
Poster published in Chicago, reading "Hoot Mon! The Kilties are coming, Canada's greatest Concert Band all appearing in full kilted regimentals introducing all their special features that have made them famous, the band that toured the world", c.1912
21 cigarette cards featuring "Wee Jamie" Clark, Pipe Major of The Kilties Band, c.1910
Photograph of The Kilties beside a train car bearing their name, c.1910
Photograph of ten members of The Kilties, c.1910
Photograph of Murdoch J. Macdonald, conductor of The Kilities, c.1910
Items include reproduction photographs of nine Belleville Fire Chiefs: William J. Brown (1915-1929), William Lynch (1929-1948), Gerald Vance (1948-1965), Thomas E. Poste (1965-1969), Leo Culhane (1969-1977), Fred Hosking (1977-1985), Raymond Reid (1985), Gordon Gazley (1986-2008), Rhéaume Chaput (2008-2013); print of a hand pump, 1925; typescript information about automatic sprinkler systems, c.1960; photograph of St. Thomas's Church, Belleville, in flames, 1975.
Thirteen photographs of flooding in downtown Belleville in 1936 and four photographs of a parade passing along Front Street at Bridge Street in Belleville. The man and woman in the photographs have been identified by the donor as Winnifred Clark [the donor's mother] and her brother-in-law, Harold Thurgood. The child is likely to be one of Harold’s daughters, Barbara or Marilyn.
Photographs depicting aircraft and airmen of the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force, principally taken in and around Camp Rathbun, the pilot training camp situated to the north of Deseronto, Ontario. The majority of individuals pictured are not identified, although the captions 'Jimmie Russell' and 'Cadet Mitchell' appear on two of the photographs.
Album of photographs compiled by a member of the Hobbs family. Teddie Hobbs appears in one of the photographs and there is also a photograph of the grave of J. E. Hobbs. The majority of photographs are of the First World War Royal Flying Corps training camps in North America: Camps Borden and Mohawk in Ontario and Camp Taliaferro in Texas.
Found in file labelled “Old Papers Found 77 Brant Street, Deseronto, 1997” Papers, including:
Directory listing for a canteen in Deseronto for Miss A. Mungo, 1931;
Chattel mortgage for Mrs Alice Freeman, 785 Princess Street, Kingston, 1949;
Calendar of movies playing at the Bayview [Naylor's] Theatre, Deseronto, Ontario, during April . Includes advertisements for Ernie Luck's Plumbing & Heating, Burkitt's Groceteria, Moody's Men's Wear, Gerald Lott's Jewellery, and Rosebay Dairy. Movies include Hollywood Story, Illegal Entry, Texas Rangers, That's My Boy, Wing and a Prayer, Royal Wedding, Father's Little Dividend, The Mating Season, Fury of the Congo, The Great Caruso, Bird of Paradise, Tall in the Saddle and Wabash Avenue.
Letter from Avis [Mungo?] on the S.S. Ralph Budd, heading for Fort William and Port Arthur [Thunder Bay], written October 29, 1955 (and envelope addressed to Mr Marshall Claus, 44 Johnston Street, Kingston, Ontario);
Sheet of recipes for date bread, raisin rolls and basic muffins (undated);
Card for Art Nelson, Parkdale wines, Toronto (undated)
List of prices for various named items (including ‘inca tie tack’).
Scanned copies of five photographs collected by Flying Officer Lawrence, an instructor at one of the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force pilot training camps in Deseronto, Ontario, during the First World War. 1) Aircraft being recovered from the Bay of Quinte by a launch 2–4) Aerial photographs of aircraft C187 with a man ‘wing-walking’ [Lieutenant Ned Ballough] 5) Three men standing next to crashed aircraft C245