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
Photograph of nine students and the Principal of Belleville High School. Names are: Fanny Curry (Finkle), Myrtle Peck, Annie Campbell, Stan Barber, Ruth Sinclair, Jack Milne, Lillian Armstrong, P. C. [Peter Crawford] MacLaurin (Principal), Irene Bartlett (Trumpour), Marguerite Roberts.
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