Christ Church, Port Stanley, Looking Northwest from the top of modern day Matilda Street, 1868. View includes Christ Church Anglican church and cemetery, built in 1845 on land given by Colonel John Bostwick, the road that is now Colborne Street, Kettle Creek, and the London & Port Stanley Railway covered bridge. The modern day locations of the Kanagio Yacht Club, Foodland, and Selborne Park are visible. This image has been copied from an unidentified publication, where it was printed with the caption "Christ Church, and vicinity, as it appeared from the hill in 1868, with old covered bridge over Creek in background. (From an old photograph in possession of Warren C. Miller, St. Thomas.)". File includes:
Ian D. Cameron Collection - Historical Records Series
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This file includes;
a letter from Moses Harrington, of Thornhill, regarding taking ownership of the property of William Enos Eadison, March 18, 1850.
a Sketch of the Canada Company’s Huron Tract showing some of the Adjacent Townships, ca. 1850. The sketch includes Southwold Township, Port Talbot, St. Thomas and Port Stanley.
a receipt for Hamel Smith, ca. 1850.
Tender for roof of Court House, made by George Vail & company, ca. 1852.
Tender for Printing for the County Council of the County of Elgin, ca. 1852. Includes quotes for posters, pamphlet work and advertising in paper.
a statement that the County of Elgin holds stock in the London & Port Stanley Railway to the extent of $20,000 for which Municipal Loan Fund Debentures were issued. Also, it states that St. Thomas holds stock of $8500, ca. 1854.
Valuation of the house built for Richard Nichol by Richard Elison. Signed by Peter Wallace. ca.1860.
a partial Last Will and Testament, a list of goods, unidentified, ca. 1860.
Last Will and Testament of Dugald McGugan of the Township of Aldborough, April 28, 1863.
a complaint: Benjamin Franklin White, Plaintiff vs. the London and Port Stanley Railway, Plaintiffs, ca. 1867. Created by Horton & Abbott, Plaintiff’s Attorney.
a Judgment upon Verdict: Benjamin Franklin White, Plaintiff vs. the London and Port Stanley Railway, Plaintiffs, October 10, 1867. Created by Horton & Abbott, Plaintiff’s Attorney.
The Canada Southern Railway constructed a route from Buffalo to Detroit, through St. Thomas, in 1872. By that time, the London and Port Stanley Railway had been operating in the area for over 15 years, so it was the respondibility of the Canda Southern Railway to protect the diamond where they crossed the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks. For this they built a mechanically interlocked system of signals and switches which were controlled from the BX Tower, located a few hundred feet east of the London and Port Stanley tracks. Levers in the tower allowed the operator to remotely operate switches and signals via a system of control rods that snaked along the ground near the tower.
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BX Tower on Moore Street in St. Thomas, Ontario. This tower served as the interlocking tower for the London and Port Stanley Railway and the Michigan Central Railroad, as well as their subsidiaries and successors.
File maintained by Don Cosens for reference and research purposes. Includes blank letterhead for the London and Port Stanley Railway, a time table and tickets from the last day of passenger service on February 19, 1957, a ticket booklet issued to Francis Hume, a sign originally posted in a passenger car, and newspaper articles regarding the history of the London and Port Stanley Railway.
Ken Verrell Collection - Personal records and memberships series
0.1 cm of textual records
1 photograph : sep ; 9 x 15 cm
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File contains correspondence addressed to Ken Verrell from Sheila Heasman, whose relative was John James Porter. Porter was killed in a train accident on the London and Port Stanley Railway and Heasman wrote Verrell to share more information about her relative. Included with the letter is a photographic print of Porter and copies of newspaper articles covering the crash.
Written on the reverse of the photgraph is the following text handwritten in ink: "On reverse of original - Frank Cooper, Photographer, Richmond St., London, Ont / John James Porter, b. 26th April 1845. Killed in 'horrendous' train crash on the London & Port Stanley Railway on 12th July 1883."
Viedocassette titled "Memories of the L&PS", featuring a brief photo shitroy, original colour movies and slides from the 1950s, and the London and Port Stanley Railway Moto Coach # 8 reinauguration at Halton County Radial Railway.