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Materials relating to the Hill, Powless and Smith families of Deseronto and Tyendinaga

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.19
  • Collection
  • 1892-1918
  1. Photo of Lucinda Hill wiith her children (from left): Susan, Elizabeth and James, and her grand-daughter, Elsie (Elizabeth's daughter). Lucinda was born on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in around 1843, the daughter of Isaac and Catherine Hill and she married another Isaac Hill. By the time of the 1871 census she was a widow, living with her three children (Elizabeth, 10, James, 8 and Susan 5) in the household of her nephew, William Claus. Elsie was 15 at the time of the 1901 census, when she was living in Deseronto, Ontario with her mother and grandmother. In the photograph, she looks about five or six years old, which would date the portrait to around 1892. The photo was taken by Herbert A. Osborne, who was active in Deseronto in the mid-1890s. The image has damaged edges and is broken into two pieces.
  2. Mounted photograph of the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer and the Manse in St. George Street, Deseronto, Ontario. Taken by James Fairbairn, photographer (born 1866) in around 1910.
  3. Photo of Deseronto High School
  4. Photo album – none of the images identified. Inscribed “To Lizzie from a little fried Weber Featherstonhaugh Deseronto Ont”
  5. Bible
  6. Bible
  7. Martine’s Handbook of Etiquette
  8. Common Sense in the Household
  9. Searchlights or Light on Dark Corners
  10. The Victory Readers Book I
  11. Pocket Ready Reckoner
  12. Photograph of Cyril W. Bird [married in Belleville 1891, evangelist – died in Africa, 12 Feb 1896]
  13. Letter from James Hill to his sister, Susan Maracle, 1904
  14. Various loose papers: permit to leave Canada for William Smith, 1918, Christmas Card, newspaper cuttings of marriages and obituaries; ‘In Memoriam” 1898 publication on the death of Frederick Sherwood Rathbun; instructions on removing afterbirth from cows[?]; marriage certificate for William Smith and Lydia Claus, 1902; stub of marriage certificate of David Powliss and Harriet Baptiste, 1917; embroidery reading “Thou Art my Hope”

Osborne, Herbert A.

Materials transferred from Deseronto Town Hall

  • CA ON00156 DA 2007.05
  • Collection
  • 1889-1956
  1. Printed ‘Rules of Order of the Municipal Council of the Town of Deseronto’ 18 Feb 1889
  2. Printed pro-forma for a certificate of public recognition by the town of Halifax for service in the Second World War (with pencilled alterations to make reference to Deseronto instead), 1945
  3. Printed booklet on ‘The Future of the Liberal Party’, address by Brooke Claxton, Minister of National Defence, 4 Aug 1948
  4. Auditor’s report on road expenditures for the Town of Deseronto, 1949
  5. Edition of ‘Roads and Road Construction’ journal, March 1951, Vol. 29, no. 339
  6. Leases between the Town of Deseronto and the Deseronto Lions Club (of the Skating Rink) and Deseronto Boating Club (part of the old saw mill property), 1953-1954
  7. Published report by the Select Committee on Indian Affairs on ‘Civil Liberties and Rights of Indians [Indigenous People] in Ontario’, 19 Mar 1954
  8. Letter from J.D. Lee and Company to the Deseronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr W. H. Duffett, with two copies of blueprint relating to modifications to the septic tank of the Deseronto Public School, 4 Dec 1956

Town of Deseronto

Digital photograph of miniature Quinte Fuel Coompany coal scuttle

  • CA ON00156 DA 2013.05
  • Item
  • c.1920

Photograph of a ‘Quinte Fuel Co.’ promotional miniature coal scuttle. The company was listed in the Deseronto telephone directory in 1919 (with the telephone number 44, as on the scuttle). It was still in existence in the 1970s.

Digital copies of badges and postcards

  • CA ON00156 DA 2013.04
  • Collection
  • 1906-c.1975

Scanned copies of Deseronto Police and Deseronto High School patches, with 13 postcards of Deseronto scenes and buildings.

Digital copies of photographs taken in Deseronto

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.06
  • File
  • 1980s

Copies of photographs:

  1. United Restaurant, 349 Main Street, Deseronto, Ontario
  2. United Restaurant
  3. Former Deseronto High School building on Thomas Street, Deseronto

Brant, Diane

Digital materials relating to the McGreer family of Deseronto and Napanee

  • CA ON00156 DA 2013.07
  • Collection
  • c.1900-1973

PDFs of:

  1. McGreer family history by Eric McGreer of Calgary, Alberta, November 1973
  2. Family tree report on the descendants of Daniel McGreer (1719-1805) of County Antrim, Ireland

8 low-resolution JPEGS of McGreer family members, St. Mark’s Church exterior and bayview of Deseronto:

  1. Aunt Annie Mrs Thomas Stanton (born Anne Portt, lived 1837-1918, her mother was Mary Anne McGreer) ,Mr & Mrs Egar
  2. Aunt Annie Mrs Thomas Stanton Mrs Egar
  3. Aunt Rose Mrs Thomas Stanton Aunt Annie
  4. Deseronto Church [St. Mark's Anglican]
  5. Mrs Thomas Stanton
  6. Nephews and Nieces of Mrs Thomas Stanton 1882
  7. Stanton McGreer and Mrs Thomas Stanton abt 1910
  8. View of Deseronto

Marilyn Cole collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2008.11
  • Collection
  • 1898-1985

Collection comprises:

  1. The Tribune, Dec 2 1898, report on death of F. S. Rathbun [very fragile]
  2. The Tribune, Nov 27, 1903, report on death of E. W. Rathbun [torn and defaced with blue crayon]
  3. Copy of Town of Deseronto deed granting the Long Dock and Ottawa Dock at Mill Street to the Deseronto Boating, Gun and Rod Club, Sep 26, 1957, with rough sketch of property
  4. Summary of 1966 census of individuals in Deseronto, by age
  5. Napanee Beaver, Nov 30 1966 (coverage of elections and death of Wilfred Hill, 47)
  6. Napanee Beaver, Dec 7 1966 (coverage of election of Dorothy McCullough, first woman councillor in Deseronto)
  7. Napanee Beaver, Jun 7 1967 (photo of Muriel Andrew’s painting of the ferry and bridge, on display in Deseronto Public Library, with Mrs Barney Thompson, Mrs Blake Moore and Mrs Jean Griffiths)
  8. 1967 Special Centennial supplement [toNapanee Beaver?] on the history of Deseronto
  9. ‘Centennial News’ vacation issue by Lake Ontario Development Council, covering ‘7 Holiday Regions’, 1967, 12pp.
  10. Napanee Beaver, Jan 10 1968 (includes details of Deseronto Council committees)
  11. Printed 1968 Deseronto Voters’ List
  12. Napanee Beaver report on Naylor’s Theatre, Apr 28 1971, 1p.
  13. The Quinte Scanner, Jun 16 1971, 100th birthday Deseronto special edition
  14. The Intelligencer, Nov 9 1982 (report on Roger Cole’s election as Mayor of Deseronto)
  15. Napanee Beaver, May 11 1983, report on Camps Mohawk and Rathbun, using information from J. Allan Smith, with photos
  16. Napanee Beaver supplement, 1983, based on 1967 version, published for Summer Parade in Deseronto
  17. Napanee Beaver, Dec 18 1985, including articles on Denny Tompkins’s plans as Mayor of Deseronto and article on Liva Grass of Tyendinaga, who campaigned for non-status Indians to regain their status

Cole, Marilyn

Digital copies of photographs relating to the Poitras family of Deseronto

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.04
  • File
  • 1885-1896

Scanned photographs and newspaper cutting relating to the family of John Poitras, who lived in Deseronto from 1875 to around 1896 and worked for the Rathbun Company as a superintendent.

  1. Herbert 'Bert' Poitras, part of a Deseronto sports team
  2. Poitras home on St. George Street, north of the Presbyterian Church
  3. Same house from a more oblique angle
  4. ‘Sol Markle’
  5. Grace Poitras (b.1883) and her brother Bert as small children
  6. Deseronto Tribune article about the Poitras’s cottage and summer camp at Butternut Cove, Aug 24, 1894
  7. Grace Poitras in a nurse’s uniform, 1904, taken in Watertown, NY
  8. Man on an ice-boat
  9. Man on an ice boat, labelled ‘Tom Tierney, 1896’

Does Deseronto have a future?

  • CA ON00156 DA 2008.21
  • Item
  • October 2008

Article on the industries of the Rathbun Company by Ken Brown and newspaper copy of the published version from The Intelligencer of 25 October 2008 (titled 'Back to the Future').

Brown, Kenneth Murray

Newspaper article about wood gas in Deseronto

  • 2020-018
  • Item
  • 4 February 1890

Newspaper clipping taken from page 4 of the Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania published on 24 February 1890, concerning the manufacture of wood gas from sawdust in Deseronto, Ontario.

Pittsburgh Daily Post

J. Allan Smith Royal Flying Corps Training Camps Collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2001.11-14, 16-33
  • Collection
  • 1917-1918, [ca. 1983]

Collection comprises photographs of the two First World War Royal Flying Corps training camps at Deseronto, Ontario and notes for an unpublished book, 'Wings Over Deseronto', on the history of the camps. Camp Mohawk and Camp Rathbun were in operation between May 1917 and November 1918, training men to be pilots for the Western Front. The photographs in this collection are originals and reproductions depicting the aircraft, staff and cadets of the Royal Flying Corps, principally in the Deseronto camps, but also at Camps Borden and Leaside (Ontario) and Camp Taliaferro, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Smith, James Allan

Deseronto Archives photographic collection

  • Collection
  • 1860-

The photographs are arranged by subject matter and cover activities in and around the town of Deseronto, Ontario. The majority date from the late nineteenth century and many depict the lumber-related industries of the Rathbun Company in Deseronto. There are also photographs of school groups, churches, railways, First World War airfields and portraits of Deseronto citizens.

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