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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

Howard family collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2011.10
  • Collection
  • 1905-1976

1) Order of Service for the inauguration of the Foresters’ Orphanage on Foresters' Island, Deseronto, August 5, 1905
2) Scanned photograph of Herbert Joseph Howard (1864-1920), accountant at the Bank of Montreal, Deseronto between 1906/7-1920
3) Scanned photograph of Florence Ashworth, wife of John P. Ashworth, manager of the Bank of Montreal, Deseronto, 1903-1923 (c.1914)
4) Scanned photograph of John Brian Ashworth, son of John P. Ashworth, manager of the Bank of Montreal, Deseronto, 1903-1923 (c.1914)
5) ‘Souvenir and Programme’ of the 1929 Loyalist celebrations in Deseronto
6) Article on the history of the Layer Cake Hall in Bath, Ontario, by Muhammad Arif, Larry Pearson and Godfrey Spragge, September 1976

Economic Development publications for Deseronto, Ontario

  • CA ON00156 DA 2016.03
  • Collection
  • 2001-2012

Materials relating to economic development in Deseronto, including a feature in ‘Great Lakes Cruiser’ magazine, August 2001; Land inventory and promotional materials about the town, 2003; Downtown Revitalization Project handouts, 2007; 2012 Naylor’s Theatre historical fundraising calendar (annotated by Town’s Edge B&B).

Collection of Deseronto-related materials

  • CA ON00156 2016-67
  • Collection
  • 1900-2000

This collection contains a variety of materials relating to the history of Deseronto and Hastings County. Items include:

  • video of the 1989 Deseronto Centennial and Homecoming celebration, 4-5 August 1989, including performances of the Centennial Song, a Main Street parade, a baby show, karate demonstration and fireworks
  • File on the 1989 Deseronto Centennial celebrations
  • 35mm slides of historic views of Deseronto
  • Morrison family snapshots of unidentified people
  • Photograph of an aircraft from Camp Mohawk on the shore of the Bay of Quinte, August 1917
  • Programme and photograph (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cabhc/29760539332/) of the United Empire Loyalist Celebration, June 1929
  • Plan of Deseronto lots, 1943
  • Series of 120 photographs of Deseronto, taken around 1995. Many are aerial shots, others are of individual houses. A few depict individuals: Don Lindsay, Dennis Vick, Dick Beare, Joe Carter, Ed Gordanier
  • 'A Building Code for Smaller Municipalities' by the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, 1947
  • County of Hastings directories for 1983, 1984, 1985
  • County of Hastings receipts and expenditures statement, 1921
  • By-law to Regulate the Running At Large of Animals and for Other Purposes, Township of Tyendinaga, 6 August 1895
  • File of 'Deseronto Firsts' compiled by Ken Brown
  • File of photographs, press clippings and list of entrants in Deseronto's Easter Parade of 2006
  • 16 photographs of empty lots in Deseronto, taken 2004
  • File of partial letters from Joe Goold to his sweetheart, Marnie, written while he was based in Detroit, 11 September to 11 October 1919, with blank postcards of Deseronto scenes and a letter from Elizabeth Goold to Bill Hunt concerning the letters
  • File on James Fairbairn including a newspaper extract and a studio photograph taken by him.
  • Typescript biography of Harry B. Free (Camp Rathbun flight instructor) by Margaret Crothers, 1991
  • File on the Dryden family, including a photograph of the Drydens at the Peterborough Lift Lock (https://flic.kr/p/9dmEYZ)
  • File of clippings about Gwen Lazier Braidwood, 2005
  • File of clippings about Deseronto mayor Glen Belcour, 1995-2002
  • File relating to the Asten family, including a letter from James Asten, Town Scavenger, to the Deseronto Town Council, 1936 (available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cabhc/albums/72157674226629315)
  • Promotional brochure and news clipping on Bridgeline Ropes of Deseronto, 1999
  • Listing by plot number of owners of plots in the Deseronto cemetery and names of people buried there, with their year of death, 2003
  • File on the Deseronto Theatre Guild's formation, 2004
  • File on a Deseronto Waterfront Study Workshop held February 2005
  • File and photographs on the 'Leander Electra' electric yacht, 1986
  • Bakery token for R. Marrigan, Baker, Deseronto
  • File of materials relating to E. A. Rixen, including three letters from Deseronto teacher Lena Warren, 1908
  • File on Deseronto Arts & Culture Society, 2004-2007
  • File and photographs relating to the Deseronto Yacht Club, 1993-2003
  • 'Dear Hame hid awa' in the Glen' photocopy of sheet music by Archibald Duncan MacIntyre (oversize - stored in box 66)
  • List of members of St. Mark's Anglican Church who volunteered for active service in World War Two (oversize - stored in box 66)
  • Folder of Deseronto Yacht Club materials: photographs and news clippings (part of the Floyd Marlin collection - stored in box 46), 1950-1997

Deseronto Cemetery Company materials

  • CA ON00156 DA 2008.07
  • Collection
  • 1888-1977

Deseronto Cemetery Company out-letter book (some entries too faint to read), 1888-1898
‘The Cemetery Lot Book’ List of cemetery lot numbers (1-900) and the price per lot, [1888]
Deseronto Cemetery Company ledger. Includes names of stock-holders, lists of expenses and lots sold (by date), 1888-1907
Deseronto Cemetery Company ledger, including plot-owners’ names and some addresses. Front board detached (has printed schedule of fees attached to it from 1 June 1930), 1928-1954
(2008.07/1) Deseronto Cemetery Company journal of receipts and expenses from 1 June 1928 to 27 Feb 1950
(2008.07/2) Deseronto Cemetery receipts and disbursements from 1 Jan 1950 to 5 Feb 1960
(2008.07/3) Deseronto Cemetery receipts and expenditure, 24 Jan 1966 to 4 July 1977

Deseronto Cemetery Company

Photographs and papers from Bev Boomhour

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.25
  • File
  • 1953-2006

Three photographs loaned for scanning:
1) 1953 at Deseronto High School of Bev Cole (later Boomhour), Paula Akey, Ken Scovell, Jean Armitage and Donna Cole
2) 1961 taken inside Lucky Strikes Lanes, including Hugh and Winnie Magee and Vern Boomhour
3) 1968 Brownie pack picking up garbage on the site of the former Deseronto Public School (blurry). Pack leaders were Dorothea Keech and Bev Boomhour.
Papers for the Archives:
4) May 31st, 1979 Deseronto Public School ‘Items of Interest’ letter
5) 2006 Municipal Elections list of nominations for the Town of Deseronto, with notes of those elected.

Photographs and brochure about skateboard park in Deseronto, Ontario

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.23
  • File
  • c.2005

Twenty two colour photographs of skateboard park and BMX bike track at bottom of Mill Street, Deseronto, early 2000s.
Brochure from REC Ramps, manufacturer of modular skateboard ramps for concrete or asphalt pads. REC Ramps’ website was active between 2002 and 2006.

Municipal election materials for Deseronto, Ontario

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.21
  • File
  • 2014

Printouts of Facebook pages of Deseronto Town Council candidates for 2014 election (Dan Johnston, Edgar Tumak, Trish Dickinson, Steve Everhardus, Deanna Deary and Catherine Houard) and materials they printed for distribution (Dan Johnston, Trish Dickinson, Edgar Tumak, Norman Clark, Catherine Houard)

Photographs of Colp Block, Deseronto, Ontario

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.20
  • File
  • c.1980

Photographs of the former Colp Block on the southwest corner of St. George and Edmon Streets in Deseronto, Ontario. The building was torn down in the early 1980s.

Deseronto High School publications

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.15 & 2014.16
  • File
  • 1959-1971

2014.15
1) Issue of the Deseronto Post was transferred to the newspaper collection
2) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1959
3) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1960
4) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1963
5) ‘Decision, 1963’ Deseronto High School’s first (and last) yearbook
6) News clipping from a 1971 Napanee newspaper about Howard Hawley of Hawley Brothers furniture in Deseronto

2014.16
1) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1959
2) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1960
3) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1961
4) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1962
5) Commencement Exercises of Deseronto High School - program from 1963
6) Five news clippings relating to activities in Deseronto schools, 1959

News clipping about the Deseronto Board of Education

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.12
  • Item
  • June 1944

News clipping of a report from the Kingston Whig Standard on the regular monthly meeting of the Deseronto Board of Education, held at Deseronto High School, Ontario on June 6th, 1944.

Items covered in the meeting included a request from Principal R. A. Bowen for the grass to be cut in the field of the Public School where the children played ball and the resignation of Miss Mary Rogers of Room 1, Public School.

The chairman of the Board was Cuthbert Sager. Other members included Mrs. T. R. McCullough, Mrs. C. F. Dummell, Rev. F. G. Robinson, J. C. Reynolds, R. Wessman and E. Gibson.

Photographs of Deseronto town signs

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.05
  • File
  • 2006

Colour photographs of the town’s two original “Heart of Walleye World” fish signs and the three signs which were painted in 2006 to replace the old ones. The plywood was donated by the Town of Deseronto and the work of cutting out the fish shapes was undertaken by Tom Usher. Diane Myers painted the signs and the fish scales were done by a man called Gerry [surname unknown] who appears in the last two photographs.

Myers, Diane

Lucky Strikes ashtray

  • CA ON00156 DA 2014.04
  • Item
  • c.1960

Green ashtray awarded at the Lucky Strikes Lanes in Deseronto, Ontario, for a bowling score of "320 & Over in 5-Pins".

The Lucky Strikes Lanes were at 358 Main Street, where Deseronto Public Library was later located.

Argue family collection

  • CA ON00156 DA 2013.20
  • File
  • 1929

Printed materials relating to Deseronto in 1929, from the estate of Cecil Argue, Mayor of Deseronto in that year.
1) Green pennant with red ties, with ‘U.E.L. Come to Deseronto June 16,17,18,19’ [from the 1929 United Empire Loyalist celebration]
2) Programme for a concert at Naylor’s Theatre held on Thursday March 14, 1929
3) Merchant’s Advertising Ticket for Naylor’s Theatre, compliments of C. W. Malley, Druggist
4) Women Citizens’ League printed constitution
5) ‘Patriotic Roll’ pledge of allegiance and affirmation of abstention from alcohol, signed by seven children, including Jack West Argue (son of Cecil), Bruce Cole, Norman Purvis, Gerald Houle, Jack Galt, Jean Whitton and Vera Houle

Argue (family)

Letters found in former Cronk property in Deseronto, Ontario

  • CA ON00156 DA 2013.19
  • File
  • 1881-1882

Letters found in the Cronk house.
1) Feb 1881 draft letter to Willliam Aull from his sister, Sarah Jane Cronk (wife of Reuben)
2 & 3) Two letters from E.G. Webb, postmaster of Elkland, Tioga County, Pennsylvania to Reuben Cronk, Chief of Police in Deseronto, re a fugitive staying in the town. 28 Jan and 21 Feb 1882
4) Nov 1882 letter to Reuben Cronk from J. N. Emerson complaining about boys interrupting rehearsals at the school in Deseronto

Cronk (family)

Recording of Duncan brothers talking about life in Deseronto, Ontario

  • CA ON00156 DA 2013.13
  • Item
  • 1967

Recording by Don Duncan, made November 26th, 1990, comprising two older recordings.
(01:16) The first is of Jack and Bill Duncan (Don's father), made in 1967. The two men reminisce about their early days in Canada. Jack [John] was born in 1896 and Bill in 1889. They arrived in Deseronto in late 1906 and worked for the Rathbun Company for a short while, having been brought in to break a strike. They were originally from the Midlands in England and were a family with five children, the youngest being four months old.
Bill recalls arriving in Napanee and waiting for a flat car to take them down the company's railroad track to Deseronto and the poor state of the property they were initially housed in (03:00). Bill thought it was a chicken house – and there were rats in the place.
Bill bought a kettle for 75 cents. His father told him to take it back, as it was three shillings in English money. Bill refused to take it back, so they had tea made in the tin kettle, as they didn't have a teapot.
(04:49)They moved into a house across the street and got hold of furniture and a woodstove. Their father, John, worked at bringing up logs from the water, while Bill worked in the sash and door factory for the Rathbun Company.
(05:54) There had been a strike in Deseronto and the Duncans were being used as strike breakers. The winters were bad – snow piled high so that you couldn't see people walking on the other side of the street.
(07:00) Jack's teacher donated a basket of groceries for the family's first Christmas in Canada.
(08:19) Bill was laid off because he asked for $1.50 a day instead of $1.25. His father was laid off shortly afterwards. He worked at a charcoal-bagging firm for a few weeks. They were both out of work for a few weeks.
(10:45) They walked to Corbyville to the cement works but couldn't get work there. They nearly got run over by a train. They stayed in a boarding house in Belleville and had sausages and fried potatoes for breakfast. They got work on construction sites in Corbyville for $2 a day each.
(13:15) They went home for Christmas with the money they'd saved. It was a good Christmas – two ducks and a Christmas pudding were cooked on the old woodstove, with difficulty. Jack got in trouble for eating the leftover duck while the rest of the family were out.
(14:45) They got the wood for the stove from the Rathbun mill for about a dollar and tried to dry it at the back of the stove.
(15:25) Both the men were out of work after Christmas. Maria worked as a housekeeper for ten cents an hour. A pound of butter was 21 cents, eggs 15 cents a dozen and a whole calf's liver was 5 cents.
(16:40) John and other unemployed men were set to work by the Town breaking rocks with a manual drill. Bill couldn't bear to watch, because he feared his father would be hit with a sledgehammer. John was employed to go out on the frozen Bay in a cutter for a day but didn't get paid.
(19:30) Bill worked at a farm, splitting wood, and was paid with a bag of potatoes worth 50 cents. When he got home his shoelaces were frozen solid.
(21:40) Bill and his father worked at the iron works. John was unloading coke. Bill got a night job there breaking up slag at the furnace and dumping it in the Bay.
(24:13) They walked to Point Anne to see if they needed any workers.
(24:50) The authorities in Deseronto told the family that there was work in Stirling.
(25:57) Memories of Jim Wilson, an East End Cockney. He and Bill would go to the Post Office in Deseronto and stand in front of the radiators there in front of the windows for an hour or two to warm up.
(27:13) Bill rolled his own cigarettes with Betty Blue tobacco.
(28:04) The family stayed in Deseronto until May 1907, then moved to Stirling. Bill and John went to Stirling first to meet the Reeve (Mather), who ran the general store in Stirling. They got to know the Reverend F. A. Robinson in Stirling. John got work almost immediately. Bill got work with the village blacksmith, Burkitt. He and his father were also involved in building a house for a man called Ward in Stirling, for $1.50 a day.
(30:50) They got a house opposite St. Andrew's Church in Stirling. Bill worked for the blacksmith until the following May. The Clydesdale horses used to fall asleep on him when he lifted their hind leg.
(32:29) Memories of people in Stirling: Les Kennedy, Don Burn, Andy Anderson, Jessie Montgomery ("a blonde bomber").
(33:26) John Duncan used a team of horses to clear an old cemetery in Stirling to make way for a park.
(34:20) Jack worked in the General Store, where they operated a barter system for farmers. Bill got interested in joining the ministry.
(36:40) Discussed why they left England: John was a shoemaker who was involved in the trade union movement, which made it hard for him to get work. Bill was the only one working, earning 26 shillings a week. It was their mother, Maria, who was the biggest influence on the family's decision to leave England. Bill thinks it was a good decision, as the family is now professional and better off than they would have been in England.
(41:50) Very quiet discussion about Art [Arthur Duncan, born 1904] who worked in Stirling.
(45:15) Maria Duncan singing 'The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' in the 1950s.

Duncan, Don

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