The Bobier Convalescent Home was established in 1950 in Dutton, Ontario as a nursing home for elderly residents and dependents of residents of the region of West Elgin.
The Home was established at 265 Shackleton Street, Dutton, Ontario in the former private residence of Edward Bobier (d. November 1947), who bequeathed his property to the municipal councils of the Township of Dunwich and the Town of Dutton for this purpose. The Home was licenced as a nursing home by the Ontario Ministry of Health and originally included 17 resident beds. The Home was governed by a Board of Trustees comprising two members appointed by the Township of Dunwich and one member appointed by the Town of Dutton.
On May 29, 1963, the newly constructed McKellar Wing was opened, adding ten resident beds and new service areas. This addition was made possible by a $30,000 bequest from the estate of Mary Katherine McKellar, a former resident of the Home.
In 1968, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a bill confirming the Home's status as the only municipally-owned nursing home in the Province of Ontario.
A second addition, the new West Wing, was opened on May 27, 1970, with an additional 20 resident beds.
In 1980 a new two-storey structure was added at the rear of the Home, with two dining rooms, an activity room, a sitting room, two semi-private rooms and sufficient space to allow for the redistribution of exisiting beds to alleviate crowding.
In 1988, the Elgin County Homes for Seniors Committee of Management completed a seniors' needs study to the year 2010, recommending the provision of a satellite facility in the west end of Elgin County in conjunction with a redeveloped Bobier Home. The Board of the Bobier Convalescent Home purchased a 25-acre site in the Township of Dunwich adjacent to the Village of Dutton. The redeveloped, 57-bed Bobier Villa facility was completed in 1997.
The Bobier Convalescent Home was closed on July 22, 1997 following the opening of Bobier Villa, a newly constructed nursing home operated by the County of Elgin in Dutton, Ontario. The former Bobier Convalescent Home property was declared surplus to needs by the County of Elgin in 1997 and sold in 1998. The 57 nursing home beds licenced to the Bobier Convalescent Home by the Ontario Ministry of Health were retained by the County of Elgin at the time of the Home's closure and subsequently sold by the County in 2001.
The records composing the fonds were in the custody of the Director of Seniors Services, Bobier Villa, Dutton, Ontario and the Deputy Clerk for the County of Elgin prior to their transfer to the Elgin County Archives in 2003 and 2007.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the administration of Bobier Villa, a long-term care facility for senior citizens in Dutton, Ontario, and of its predecessor institution, the Bobier Convalescent Home, Dutton, Ontario. Fonds includes financial statements and auditor's reports; administrative records including administrators' reports to the Board of Trustees, reports submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Health, and external consultants' reports; photographs; legal records; correspondence and miscellaneous records.