Calvin Winslow Ellis was born April 2, 1877 in Aylmer, Ontario, the son of Isaac Newton Ellis, a carriage maker, and Alma Jane (Calvert) Ellis. Ellis moved to St. Thomas, Ontario c. 1902. In 1906 he worked as an automobile agent. From c. 1913 to 1916 Ellis worked as operator and projectionist at the Star Theatre, 467 Talbot Street, St. Thomas. From c. 1918 until his death in 1935, Ellis worked as an electrical contractor (briefly partnering with Harry W. Beck in business as Ellis & Beck, Electrical Contractors, 12 Metcalfe Street, St. Thomas, c. 1920), electrician and (from c. 1927) proprietor of an electrical repair business at 1 White St., St. Thomas. He married Louise B. Ellis c. 1927. Ellis died February 6, 1935 and was buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Part of the collection of the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, under accession number B.d.2 Transferred to the Archives from the Elgin County Museum in March, 2007.
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Fonds consists of photographs taken and/or collected by Calvin Winslow Ellis, St Thomas, Ontario, perhaps in his capacity as a member of the St. Thomas Camera Club. Fonds includes portraits and other images of Ellis' friends and family; landscape photographs showing various picturesque locations, primarily in Elgin County but also in the vicinity of Niagara Falls, Elora, Delhi and Elmira, Ontario; numerous images of civic buildings, public infrastructure, businesses, bridges, streets and private residences in and around St. Thomas, Ontario; several images documenting the property and activities of various railway companies, including the London and Port Stanley Railway Company, the Michigan Central Railway and the Pere Marquette Railway; several images featuring early automobiles; and numerous images showing various locations in and around Port Stanley, Ontario, including the village itself, its harbour, its rail yards, summer cottages, the waterfront, Orchard Beach and Hill Crest.
Colour postcard showing a London & Port Stanley Railway train at the Union passenger shelter, April 20, 1952. "A southbound London & Port Stanley Railway train pauses at the small passenger shelter at Union, Ontario, on April 20, 1952. The three cars, Nos. 16, 23 and 18 (Kuhlman, 1909; St. Louis, 1907), were acquired from The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. in 1941 to handle extra wartime passenger service on the L&PS. Two of the cars are preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum. But the station survives in its original location, hosting passengers on the diesel-powered Port Stanley Terminal Rail, which operates the southern portion of the former L&PS." Published by JBC Visuals, Toronto, Ontario.
Colour postcard with caption "London & Port Stanley Railway freight motor L1 leaves London's CN interchange with a few box cars on the short run south to St. Thomas, Ontario, November 11, 1965. L1 was built by G.E. (erie works) in 1915 and retired in 1967 when new owner CN de-electrified the line." Published by JBC Visuals, Toronto, Ontario.
Photograph showing passenger Grace Sharritt (X) in front of a London & Port Stanley Railway wreck, ca. 1920. Note that the motorcar is electrified: the L & PS switched from coal powered locomotives to electric power in 1915. Several men in military uniform are visible.
Colour aerial photograph showing the Elgin Handles Limited, St. Thomas factory and surrounding area, ca. 1975. View is looking north from Kains Street, and shows the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks from the Barwick Street Bridge to Kains Street. View includes part of the former L & PS Station located across the tracks from the Elgin Handles Ltd. plant: this station was repurposed as a freight office/shed when the L & PS constructed a new station at Talbot Street in 1920-1921. The former Wabash Hotel is partially visible, surrounded by trees near the junction of the L & PS and Wabash/CN Railway tracks. Immediately north of the hotel is a cleared area where the former Grand Trunk Railway/Wabash Railroad Station was located prior to its demolition in 1967. This image provides a good view of the "Wabash Diamond", an area around the former Wabash Railroad Station where several rail lines converge forming a diamond shape.
Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal Bygone Days feature, and on the Archives flickr site, January 24, 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/32414732471/in/dateposted-public/.
Ken Verrell Collection - Photographs series
1 photograph : b&w
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Black and white photograph showing the Elgin Handles Limited, St. Thomas factory and surrounding area, January, 1974. View is looking north from just south of Kains Street, and shows the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks from the Barwick Street Bridge to Kains Street. View includes part of the former L & PS Station located across the tracks from the Elgin Handles Ltd. plant: this station was repurposed as a freight office/shed when the L & PS constructed a new station at Talbot Street in 1920-1921.
Black and white photograph showing the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks between Railway Street (now Princess Avenue) and Moore Street, St. Thomas, ca. 1919, looking north from just south of the Michigan Central Railway tracks. The Nobility Chocolates Limited factory (now the Sutherland Press Building) is visible at right on the southeast corner of Talbot and Moore Streets. A coal storage elevator is visible at left on the east side of Railway Street, belonging to the Griffin Coal and Ice Company Limited. This photograph was taken prior to 1920 when construction began for the new L & PS station at Talbot Street.
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 12 (White to Princess).
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 12 (Princess to Moore).
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 31 (St. Catharine to John).
In May 2020, Ken Weare commented: "The camera was on the east side of the 2 l&ps tracks looking north. It shows the 2 main east, west lines going through town. Specialty Chocolates name is on the building on the right. It will later be Sutherland Press. There is a sliding where Cox cabs and the ambulances would be at a later date".
In May 2020, Robert Weare commented: "This is the area where the northbound LPS passenger train collided with the NYC yard engine that had oil cars in the lift. When the accident occurred there was an explosion with loss of life and a St Thomas firefighter was injured and then later died.When he was taken to his home he met a friend and said “well it was nice knowing you “.This was the second firefighter who died.The first was in a fire Christmas day fire across from the west end Tim Horton’s .No one knew he died till after his wife asked when he will return home-whops!At that location I had a huge fire (Warren Scott’s first-time as a pump operator).And you know SOMETHING WAS LOOKING OUT FOR US As Rocky fell off an unguarded second floor balcony.
Now the photo shows the Stirling Fuel siding on the left/west and it was I believe a coal outlet before Sterling switched it to oil delivery.(and a oil tank car leaked its load until Bob Charms' of the works department spotted the cause.After a few days of rain ,Mailings Clothing would smell oil in their basement.On the right was Southerland press where mom worked and the wye track was south of Talbot ,the switch just cleared the sidewalk and it went to the NYC depot also JUST clearing BX tower.
Also look at the tar paper building on the right as it WAS MY FIRST FIRE in the middle of the night.When they charged the 2 1/2” hose and I saw it snake ;was I impressed.Another item was the telegraph pole wood junction cabinet pole that housed railway telephone lines and telegraph.A separate fire report had to be issued for the burnt telegraph pole.
It was cold that night and what a wake up for me where for the first time I saw what firefighting was about.
Another item was possibility that was the old Millersburg village fire department as Rocky could not locate it.
And it was in the similar location as the Southwick St. fire hall I worked.
Millersburg was a village separate from St. Thomas as St Thomas was at Town Hall Towers/Jumbo.
And I believe I picked up parts of the exploded locomotive boiler!".
It also had a switch JUST south of the south sidewalk similar to he LPS wye on the other side to the NYC station.
Originally the LPS main track was the west main for southbound ;
and they added the east main ,northbound later.
See the light constructed over head wire on the east main ?
THE TWO SIDING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF TALBOT WAS ALSO LINED FOR THE SIDING AS THEY WERE THE DERAILS IF A LPS TRAIN TRIED TO CROSS THE NYC DIAMOND WITHOUT PERMISSION.
As there was only two tracks (and the St Thomas streetcar diamond) that crossed Talbot.
Also there was a siding with a switch JUST north of the north sidewalk on the east side of the mains.
And another bit of info;the Cox cab was originally the ambulance shed as the LPS deeded the property to the city.
And that is why I (suspect) that the Millersburg fire station was there AND the first fire I attended as a rookie.
And the reason Barber (where we rented the truck I drove when you moved to London)shop was there as it also was not part of the LPS property at that time;
where my first fire was!
The land on the west side of the LPS between the tracks and Princess Ave was leased LPS property till a few years back.
And Princess Ave was originally called Railway St.
And there was a siding on Moore St to the west side of the Southerland press (you could see the patch job until they redid Moore St a few years back).
they got to it from the LPS wye that JUST cleared BX.