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Canada Optical Company collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.10
  • Collection
  • 1947-1993

Collection of materials relating to the Canada Optical Company in Deseronto, Ontario, including:

  • Typescript catalogue of glasses frames, 1947
  • Postcard with drawing of outside of plant, c.1950
  • Visitor book with Polaroid photographs of visitors, 1969-1974
  • Photograph album of staff events and activities, c.1975-1990
  • Magazine and newspaper articles about the company, 1980-1993
  • Product information sheets, 1980s
  • Employee benefits book, 1986
  • 14 colour photographs of people and equipment at the plant, 1980s

The materials were collected by Don Simpson, former general manager of the Deseronto plant.

Canada Optical Company

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.

Deseronto Navigation Company luggage tag

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.17
  • Item
  • c.1895

Luggage tag for route "Local 26" of the Deseronto Navigation Company Ltd. of Deseronto, Ontario.

American Railway Supply Company

Canada Optical Company glasses frames

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.09
  • Item
  • c.1965

Two pairs of glasses made at the Canada Optical Company in Deseronto, with paper casings. Models: Lana Brown Silk and Lana Black (both made of plastic with seven diamanté stones over each eye).

Canada Optical Company

Digital photographs of architectural drawings of proposed home in Deseronto

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.12
  • Collection
  • 1892

Digital images taken on April 9th, 2015, of the Langley and Burke architectural plans of a proposed house on Stanley Avenue, Deseronto, Ontario, for Edward Wilkes Rathbun, made May 20th, 1892. The original plans are held at the Archives of Ontario.

Langley & Burke

Vandervoort family collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.16
  • Collection
  • 1917-c.1930

Scans and digital photographs of images relating to Dr Elgin Vandervoort and his family, taken from an album belonging to his family and loaned for the purpose. Include pictures of May Vandervoort and her husband, Hugh Rothwell, who met her when he was installing electricity to Deseronto. They married on September 1st, 1917 in Deseronto.

Lawlor family collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.15
  • Collection
  • 1960s-2014
  1. 89 digtial scans of materials relating to Ralph Lawlor’s time in the Deseronto Fire Department and as Chair of the Deseronto Public Utilities Commission, 1960s–2014.
  2. Photocopies of newspaper articles featuring Deseronto history/postcards.

File of research materials relating to First Nations in Eastern Ontario

  • CA ON00156 2016-100
  • File
  • 2016

Outline of Professor Donald B. Smith's forthcoming book The Blind Spot: Canada and the "Indians" in Canada's First Century. A Study of non-Indigenous Canadians' perspectives on the First Nations from 1867 to the White Paper of 1969, with copies of some research materials including:

  • 'The Indian in "the Great" Canadian Society: A Newspaper Series on People of Tyendinaga': series of articles in the Kingston Whig Standard, February 22nd to 27th, 1965
  • 'As A Teacher On The Reserve She Came To Know The Indians': photocopied article from the Napanee Beaver of October 12th, 1966 by Celia File

Smith, Donald B.

Deseronto Lioness Club collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2015.07
  • Collection
  • 1974-1984

Membership award presented to the Deseronto Lions Club by Lions International "In Recognition of Outstanding Support of the Founders Growth Program".

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

Digital copies of slides of Whitefield sketches

  • CA ON00156 2020-029
  • Series
  • c.1860

Five photographic reproductions of sketches of Belleville by Edwin Whitefield taken from a Royal Ontario Museum sketchbook with views of "Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River' (ROM: 958.70 A-AG). The photographs were purchased by Don Kellaway and these copies were made by Lois Foster.

Whitefield, Edwin

Community Archives relocation project materials

  • CA ON00156 2020-032
  • Series
  • 1999-2013

Files relating to plans to create a community archives service for Belleville and Hastings County and to create a facility in which to hold the archives' collections.

  1. Agreements between the City of Belleville, Hastings County Historical Society and County of Hastings, 1999-2010
  2. Proposal for Municipal Archives and proposal to move into new Belleville Public Library building, 2004
  3. Newspaper clippings and Historical Society publications on archives project, 2004-2008
  4. Proposal for Records Management Needs Assessment, 2005
  5. Archives Relocation Committee business plan and concept document, with copies of agreements with City of Belleville and County of Hastings, 2008-2009
  6. Correspondence and supporting documents for an application to the Ontario Trillium Fund, 2010-2011
  7. Unlocking the Archives campaign materials (2 files), 2011-2012
  8. Correspondence about plans to locate the Community Archives within the Belleville Public Library, 2013

Hastings County Historical Society

Report on Heritage Houses in Belleville and book on Dominion Bank robbery

  • CA ON00156 2020-031
  • Collection
  • 1900,1993
  1. Photocopy of book Not Guilty: The Dominion Bank Robbery by Mack Holt. 1900
  2. Report on Heritage Houses in Belleville [Noseworthy house at 184 William Street and Glanmore National Historic Site] by Randy S. Ward, 1993
  3. Photographs, transparencies and slides relating to the houses in the report

Ward, Randy S.

Newspaper collection

  • Collection
  • 1833-

The Community Archives has an extensive collection of original local newspapers, as well as microfilm copies of the Intelligencer, the Hastings Chronicle, and the Daily Ontario.

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