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Guy St-Denis Collection: Colonel Thomas Talbot Research Papers

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives176503
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Guy St-Denis Collection: Colonel Thomas Talbot Research Papers
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1907-2003
Accession Number
2017-42
Storage Location
R12 S1 Sh5 B4-6
R12 S1 Sh6 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Guy St-Denis Collection: Colonel Thomas Talbot Research Papers
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2017-42
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R12 S1 Sh5 B4-6
R12 S1 Sh6 B3
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1907-2003
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
These papers were collected as part of a comprehensive study into the life and career of Colonel Thomas Talbot, the early nineteenth-century settlement agent whose authority extended over much of what is now southwestern Ontario. The research was conducted by Guy St-Denis in various archival repositories with the intention of publishing a new biography of Talbot. After the project was discontinued, the photocopied documents were preserved in hopes of being useful to future scholars of Talbot and his settlement. The files were compiled ca. 1985-2003.
This collection is primarily comprised of secondary source material (reference copies). However, there are a number of original records, including newspaper articles, booklets and programmes, 1907-1977.
Name Access
Talbot, Thomas
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W.R. Coulter, Insurance and Real Estate, St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
W.R. Coulter, Insurance and Real Estate, St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1890-1912
Accession Number
2014-14
Storage Location
C3 Sh1 B6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
W.R. Coulter, Insurance and Real Estate, St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2014-14
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C3 Sh1 B6
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1890-1912
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
Born in West Lorne, Ontario, December 12, 1880; son of William W. and Emma (Fowler) Coulter. Educated in the public schools and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. Upon the death of his father, February 16, 1901, Mr. Coulter and his brother took over the business which had been established since 1888. In August of that year, his brother withdrew from the partnership and Mr. Coulter has carried it on ever since and built up as large a clientele of its kind as there is in the city. He specialized in Life and Fire Insurance and controled the business of some of the largest plants in the district. He is president of the Western Dairy Limited; member of the Knights of Pythias; C.O.F.; Imdependent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Number 76; the Masonic Lodge; Mocha Shrine, and a member of the Christian Church.
He married Miss Ada E. Mann or St. Thomas. They had two daughters. As of 1914, they lived at 86 Gladstone Avenue.
This information was taken from the publication "St. Thomas and Its Men of Affairs", 1914.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of financial records maintained by the W.L. Coulter, Insurance and Real Estate buisness, which was located in St. Thomas. The records are primarily invoices and receipts from St. Thomas businesses. The fonds is organized alphabetically by the first letter of the name of the business. Included in the first file is a biographical sketch and photograph of W.R. Coulter, photocopied from the publication "St. Thomas and Its Men of Affairs", 1914.
Name Access
Coulter, William R.
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Business and Industry
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Archives of Ontario - Thomas Talbot fonds, F 501

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Archives of Ontario - Thomas Talbot fonds, F 501
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
Date Range
1802-1849
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Archives of Ontario - Thomas Talbot fonds, F 501
Creator
Talbot, Thomas
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
Date Range
1802-1849
Physical Description
45 map sheets
History / Biographical
Thomas Talbot (1771-1853) was the son of an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family who became a prominant military man and land owner in Upper Canada.
Custodial History
The Elgin County Archives is proud to participate in the Archives of Ontario's Digitization Loan Program, whereby qualifying archival institutions are granted permission to borrow and digitize original Archives of Ontario records and, under license, to publish and host the resulting digital archives online. The Elgin County Archives has now completed a project to digitize and publish online both the Archives of Ontario's Thomas Talbot fonds, F 501, and the Ministry of Natural Resources fonds, RG 1-470.
Scope and Content
The Thomas Talbot fonds includes 45 large-format plans (registered 1802-1832; incorporating annotations dated 1810-1849) and a lease settlement register (created and maintained 1842-1846; includes retroactive entries dated 1825-1836) documenting land distribution in the town of London and the 30 townships in six counties throughout southwestern Ontario in which Talbot controlled land allocation. The plans show survey grids, clergy and school reserves, town sites (including London), First Nations villages, mill seats, footpaths, trails, waterways and crossings, local and regional roads. Most significantly, perhaps, the plans include personal land settlement information, with the names of grantees and dates of occupation penciled in by Talbot on individual lots. A note on dating the maps: in many cases, Talbot treated them as working documents, adding, removing, overwriting and revising annotations, often over a period of several years, and, in a few instances, including information retroactive to the creation of the document. For example, item F 501-1-0-0-18 was registered in 1824, but incorporates annotations dated 1817-1840. 34 of the plans have been registered, and their registration dates have been adopted as a "date of creation". 10 plans bear no registration date, but do incorporate dated annotations: in the absence of other evidence, the earliest and latest dated annotations in these plans have been adopted as representing the plan's temporal scope. One plan (F 501-1-0-0-38) contains no dated data and has been assigned an estimated date based on internal evidence and comparison with related plans.
Name Access
Archives of Ontario
Talbot, Thomas
Subject Access
Government
Maps
Repro Restriction
The records digitized and made accessible through this program remain the exclusive property of the Archives of Ontario. Use of these records is for research and private study only. Requests for reproduction of the records must be directed to the Archives of Ontario
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Canadian Federation of University Women, St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Canadian Federation of University Women, St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1951-2018
Accession Number
2014-08
2018-61
Storage Location
R9 S4 Sh4 B1-4
R9 S4 Sh1 B5-6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Canadian Federation of University Women, St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2014-08
2018-61
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R9 S4 Sh4 B1-4
R9 S4 Sh1 B5-6
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1951-2018
Physical Description
64.3 cm of textual records
12 volumes
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and maintained by the St. Thomas branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. Fonds is arranged into the following series:
-Rules and Regulations series
-Membership and Attendance series
-Minutes series
-Annual Reports series
-General History series
-Correspondence series
-Financial Records series
-Programming series
-Special Interest Groups series
-Projects series
-Subject Files series
-Newspaper Clippings series
Name Access
Canadian Federation of University Women, St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Women
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Canadian Timken Limited, St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Canadian Timken Limited, St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1946-2016
Accession Number
2012-24
Storage Location
C3 Sh2 B2-7
C4 Sh2 B1-4
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Canadian Timken Limited, St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2012-24
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C3 Sh2 B2-7
C4 Sh2 B1-4
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1946-2016
Physical Description
ca. 3500 photographs
10 cm of textual records
2 volumes
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs, newspaper clippings and other records documenting the history of the St. Thomas plant of Canadian Timken Limited. Fonds is arranged into the following series:
-Newsletters series, 1989-1992
-Newspaper Clippings series, 1963-2016
-Photographs series, 1946-2004
-Special Events series, 1946-[ca. 2000]
Name Access
Canadian Timken Limited
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Business and Industry
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City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
multiple media
textual records
Date Range
1948-2001
Accession Number
2018-26
Storage Location
R8 S5 Sh3 B2-5
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds
Creator
City of St. Thomas Engineering Department
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2018-26
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R8 S5 Sh3 B2-5
GMD
graphic material
multiple media
textual records
Date Range
1948-2001
Physical Description
2,055 photographs; b&w and col.
109 slides, col.
1 volume
0.7 cm of textual records
Extent
54 cm
History / Biographical
The City of St. Thomas was incorporated on March 4, 1881. Early services faced challenges due to the small infrastructure at the time. The City Engineering office was crucial in developing a system of waterworks and sewage treatment that improved the lives of City residents, beginning with a brick sewer down Elgin Street in 1882, and continuing with a bylaw for the creation of a waterworks in 1890. The latter went so smoothly that it was supplying the City with water since January 1891. The City Engineer at the time, James A. Bell, also designed a fire hall around 1882. The Engineering Department continued to maintain pre-existing sewers and install new ones, branching the sewer system out as the city expanded, including going into the Homedale area. During this time, the City documented the installation or maintenance of pre-existing sewers through photographs, as well as other projects under their jurisdiction.
Custodial History
Records were given to the Archives by Aaron VanOorspronk, Senior Technologist with the City of St. Thomas.
Scope and Content
The City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds consists primarily of photographs, both black and white and in colour, documenting structural defects in sidewalks and sewers, repairs, road widenings and other projects, alongside general documentation of roads, sewers, and buildings in St. Thomas, primarily from the 1940s through the 1970s.
This fonds consists of three series:
1. Events: Documentation, including reports, clippings, and photographs, surrounding large or notable events in which the City Engineer or Engineering Department was involved.
2. Photographs: Photographs documenting paving issues, sewer or maintenance work, or other projects done by City Engineering crew, arranged alphabetically by street name. Also includes a handful of miscellaneous images, filed in original order, documenting places, events, or items, such as dog pounds or storm damage.
3. Projects: Photographs, slides, and textual documents relating to more recent projects, from the 1970s up until 1998, often documenting the different stages of a large-scale project.
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Engineers
Municipal Corporations
Municipal Offices
Municipal Services
Public Buildings
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College of the Disciples at St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
College of the Disciples at St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
October 1895-November 1906
Accession Number
2004-09
Storage Location
R9 S5 Sh3 B7
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
College of the Disciples at St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2004-09
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R9 S5 Sh3 B7
Date Range
October 1895-November 1906
Physical Description
5 volumes
History / Biographical
The College of the Disciples of St. Thomas was located on Hiawatha Street near Owaissa Street. The college was affiliated with the Park Avenue Church of Christ Disciples and the Princess Avenue Church of Christ Disciples, which merged in 1987 to form the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The building which housed the college is now an apartment building.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), while founded on American soil in the early 1800s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that it is a "movement for wholeness in a fragmented world." The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.
The church is identified with the Protestant “mainstream” and is widely involved in social and other concerns. Disciples have vigorously supported world and national programs of education, agricultural assistance, racial reconciliation, care of the developmentally disabled, and aid to victims of war and calamity.
The denomination now counts about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada in about 3,700 congregations. Numerically, the strength of the Disciples of Christ runs in a broad arc that sweeps from Ohio and Kentucky through the Midwest and down into Oklahoma and Texas.
Custodial History
Ed Phelps received these books from the Alexander Gallery. They were then forwarded to the Elgin County Archives. The ECA purchased the books from the Alexander Gallery.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the College of the Disciples of St. Thomas, divided into the following series:
-Financial records, October 1895-October 1906.
-Minutes and membership series, 1896-1906.
Name Access
College of the Disciples of St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
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Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1998-2013
Accession Number
2016-11
Storage Location
W4 Sh3 B1-2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2016-11
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W4 Sh3 B1-2
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1998-2013
Physical Description
16 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
The Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association was formed in 1999, and took a focused approach towards developing an archives. The group secured a broad cross-section of membership not only from the local heritage community, but also from local businesses and professional organizations (for instance, the legal community). The group committed themselves to building strategic partnerships and fundraising on behalf of the archives, in essence acting as a “friends” organization for the program. After the County’s formal attempts to establish an archives began in the late 1980s, and ran into some obstacles after a suitable space could not be found, and with fiscal restraints in the mid-1990s, the moral and potential financial support of the newly-formed Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association re-affirmed County Council’s own view that there was still strong community “buy-in” to establishing an archives and that the time for action had come.
In less than a year, more than one hundred concerned citizens, groups and corporations joined the ESTAA as members, with strong representation from the Law community, who perhaps more than most, understood the need for an Archives in Elgin County to preserve and protect records.
-As of June 2000, the association was incorporated. Being incorporated as a non-profit organization allowed the Association to apply for gramts from available foundations and government sources. During the year, presentations were made to both City and County Councils with favourable responses.
-The Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association disbanded in 2013.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by the Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association, including general planning records, minutes of meetings, membership information, correspondence, event records and financial records. Fonds is organized into the following series:
-General planning, 1999-2001
-Minutes, 1999-2011
-Membership, 1999-2011
-Correspondence, 1999-2011
-Event records, 2002-2011
-Financial records, 1998-2013
Name Access
Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association
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The Evening Music Club fonds, St. Thomas

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives133811
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Evening Music Club fonds.
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1922-1969
Accession Number
2014-19
Storage Location
C1 Sh4 B4
C1 Sh4 B5
C1 Sh4 B6
C1 Sh4 B7
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Evening Music Club fonds.
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2014-19
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C1 Sh4 B4
C1 Sh4 B5
C1 Sh4 B6
C1 Sh4 B7
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1922-1969
Physical Description
40 cm of textual records.
History / Biographical
Mrs. J. C. Smith, wife of J. C. Smith, Inspector of Public Schools for East Elgin, formed the Evening Music Club in the spring of 1921. She invited seven young women who were studying music to discuss the idea: Miss Violet Voaden, Miss Mary Edge, Miss Dorothy Horton, Miss Mae Cunningham, Miss Rosa Tuck, Miss Gladys Watson and Miss Gladys Abbott. Her plan was to form a music club that would occasionally meet in the evenings and whose membership would be open to any young women with an interest in music. The group of women decided to hold the inaugural meeting on Tuesday May 17, 1921 and to invite others who might be anxious to join.
The inaugural meeting was held at Mrs. Smith’s home, 34 Williams Street, St. Thomas at eight o’clock pm with twenty-four in attendance: Mrs. George C. Carrie, Honorary President ; Mrs. Frank Griffin, Mrs. J. McManus and Mrs. E.W. McKay, Honorary Vice Presidents ; Mrs. J. C. Smith, President ; Miss Mae Cunningham, Vice President ; Miss Mary Edge, Secretary ; Miss Violet Voaden, Treasurer ; Miss Helen Garrard, Press Representative ; Miss Gladys Abbott, Mrs J. Raymor, Miss Dorothy Horton, Miss Miss Gladys Watson, Miss Rosa Tuck, Miss Helen Gerrard and Mrs. J. C. Smith, Membership Committee. Mrs. Smith was the president from its inception until June 1925, along with various later years. The committee continued to function with new members added as people moved from the city, or as younger members resumed their duties. The annual meeting of the Executive Committee was when resigned members were honored with a beautiful cup and saucer for their service.
The second meeting was when the club was formally named “The Evening Music Club” on May 31, 1921. At first the meetings were held at the homes of members, but as membership grew they moved over to Alma College and then to Knox Presbyterian Church when the club bought a grand piano, and finally to the newly built Central Elgin Collegiate Institute for use of their stage. Early on in the club’s history membership was opened up to men and anyone in the community could join. The Executive committee grew in size to sixty members to reach the surrounding communities.
In the beginning the club was mainly a discussion group that also performed concerts for the city and surrounding districts. Eventually it was decided to engage budding professional artists and run the recitals in concert style, enjoying great success. Singers and instrumentalists and, in later years, opera companies came to St. Thomas to perform with great demand from the community. The club made every effort to foster an interest in music and presented medals annually to successful students of music. The club members carried on strong, working to educate and entertain the public for many years. On July 2, 1969 the club approved the new name “Community Music Series” but it didn’t start to appear in advertisements until November 1969.
Custodial History
The records were donated ca. 1980 to the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, later in 2006 renamed Elgin County Museum, and remained in their collection until July 23, 2014, when they were transferred to the Elgin County Archives.
Scope and Content
This fonds is comprised of the following series;
-Minute Books
-Membership Lists
-Scrap Books
-Posters
Name Access
St. Thomas Evening Music Club
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Music
Culture
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Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited St. Thomas Assembly Plant fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172035
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited St. Thomas Assembly Plant fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
moving images
Date Range
1965-2003
Accession Number
2011-32
2018-18
Storage Location
C9 Sh5 B3
W6 B9
M5 S2 Sh4 B8
M5 S3 Sh4 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited St. Thomas Assembly Plant fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2011-32
2018-18
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
C9 Sh5 B3
W6 B9
M5 S2 Sh4 B8
M5 S3 Sh4 B1
GMD
graphic material
moving images
Date Range
1965-2003
Physical Description
500 photographs : b&w and col.
5 videocassettes
3 DVD-videos
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs and videos documenting the history of the Ford St. Thomas Assembly Plant, 1965-2003. Fonds is arranged into the following series:
-Newspapers series, 1965-1968
-Photographs series, 1966-2003
-Scrapbook series, 2000-2001
-Video series, 1997-2000
Name Access
Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited, St. Thomas Assembly Plant
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Business and Industry
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Freemasons St. David's Lodge No. 302 (St. Thomas) fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Freemasons St. David's Lodge No. 302 (St. Thomas) fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
January 18, 1940- June 19, 2008
Accession Number
2013-38
2021-35
Storage Location
R13 S2 Sh1 B1-5
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Freemasons St. David's Lodge No. 302 (St. Thomas) fonds
Creator
Freemasons St. David's Lodge No. 302, St. Thomas
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2013-38
2021-35
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R13 S2 Sh1 B1-5
GMD
textual records
Date Range
January 18, 1940- June 19, 2008
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
John E. Smith, the Worshipful Master, in 1868, of St. Thomas Lodge No. 44, was one of the leading citizens of St. Thomas and who by his enterprise and capital, did much for the development of the town's interests. In 1873-1874, John E. Smith built a block of stores between John Street and the London and Port Stanley Railway Property. This block was one of the first brick buildings of any consequence on Talbot Street east of Metcalfe Street. It was constructed with the express intention that on the third or top floor would be a Masonic lodge room. This did in fact become a reality in 1874 when St. David's Lodge, which had held its first few meetings over a little tinsmith's shop that stood two doors west of the London and Port Stanley Railway, moved into lavish new quarters in the John E. Smith building. The lodge hall was formally dedicated by the Grand Master, M.W. Bro. William Mercer Wilson on September 1, 1874. Dispensation from Grand Lodge to form the new lodge had been granted on August 4, 1873. St. David's Lodge took its name from the ward of the town in which it was situated.
St. David's Lodge was not formed in the more customary manner, that is, members from a local lodge breaking away to form a smaller lodge, with perhaps a younger membership. Because of the sudden appearance of the railways in the town and the various persons which accompanied them, naturally several masons were among the newcomers. It is therefore quite obvious when viewed in this light why St. David's came into being. It must, however, be noted that the brethren who were instrumental in the formative stages of this lodge were affiliated members of St. Thomas Lodge No. 44, the only other lodge in St. Thomas.
On June 24, 1886, St. David's Lodge moved to the Welding Block, situated on the north side of Talbot Street about midway between Horton and Manitoba Streets. In 1892, another move took the lodge to the Acacia Block, on the south side of Talbot Street opposite John Street. Their stay in this location was short-lived, for only six months later on April 23, 1893, they were burned out (there were strong suspicions the building was set on fire by a tenant occupying offices below the lodge room). All the lodge furniture, regalia and equipment were lost. The members then, for a few months, met in the McLarty Block on Talbot Street opposite Metcalfe Street. On October 18, 1894, they moved above the new Duncombe Opera House building on Talbot Street opposite Southwick Street.
Soon after the turn of the century as both were growing at a rapid pace, the two St. Thomas lodges began to think of more up-to-date and large accomodations and better banquet facilities. When the Engineers' were planning their imposing block in the middle of the city next to City Hall, they invited the Masonic Lodges and their concordant bodies to be a part. They all accepted and have met there ever since. The third floor of the Engineers' Building was designed for Masonic purposes with a large and imposing lodge room that was outfitted with beautiful walnut furniture and boardroom rugs. It was considered among the finest in the province. The lodge rooms were dedicated on December 7, 1909.
The period following the First Great War was a progressive era. Membership increased at a rapid rate. This prosperity created a desire among the Masonic Craft to own their own home. After lengthy negotiations and plans for financing, etc. the Locomotive Engineers' building was purchased by the St. Thomas Masonic Temple Association Limited on August 6, 1925.
On the evening of January 28, 1951, fire was discovered at the rear of McPhillips Furniture Store, immediately below the auditorium. At first it was not considered serious, but once it broke through into the hallways, the building was demolished. Immediately, committees were appointed, and temporary quarters established over the old Public Utilities Office, 474 Talbot Street. The old building was rebuilt. The new Masonic Temple was dedicated on May 1, 1953, and it is there that they have since met.
The membership of St. David's Lodge reached a peak of 530 Masons in 1966 and was at that time one of the large lodges in the province. Unfortunately, since that date, the numbers have fallen, and as of 1998, the membership stood at about 300.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of records created by the Freemasons St. David's Lodge No. 302, St. Thomas. The records have been divided into the following series:
-Minutes, January 18, 1940-June 19, 2008.
-Membership and Attendance series, February 15, 1951- May 15, 2008.
-General History, September 1998.
Name Access
Freemasons. St. David's Lodge, No. 302 (St. Thomas, Ont.)
St. Thomas (Ont.)
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Freemasons St. Thomas Lodge No. 44 fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Freemasons St. Thomas Lodge No. 44 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1853-1995
Accession Number
2002-01
2003-09
Storage Location
R6 S5 Sh3 B3-4
R6 S5 Sh4 B1-4
R6 S5 Sh5 B1-3
R6 S5 Sh6 B1
R6 S6 Sh6 B4 F1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Freemasons St. Thomas Lodge No. 44 fonds
Creator
St. Thomas Lodge No. 44, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Grand Registry of Canada
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2002-01
2003-09
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R6 S5 Sh3 B3-4
R6 S5 Sh4 B1-4
R6 S5 Sh5 B1-3
R6 S5 Sh6 B1
R6 S6 Sh6 B4 F1
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1853-1995
Physical Description
3 m of textual records
History / Biographical
Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world. Also known as Masonry, its official title is Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Masonry is dedicated to the ideals of charity, equality, morality, and service to God. Masons try to promote "morality in which all men agree, that is, to be good men and true." Throughout its history, Masonry has sought to bring together men of different religious beliefs and political opinions. Men of any religion who profess belief in one God may join. Men who wish to become Masons must apply for membership: they are not invited to join. There are three steps or degrees of membership in the local Lodge: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
Four lodges in London, England gathered in 1717 and created the first formal Grand Lodge to govern and regulate their affairs. In each Canadian province there is a Grand Lodge that governs the lodges within its boundaries. Lodges in the territories are attached to the Grand Lodges of British Columbia or Alberta.
Freemasons brought their rituals and lodges to Ontario [Upper Canada] in the mid-eighteenth century. Records are sparse but a St. Thomas Lodge was known to exist from 1817 to approximately 1822. The current St. Thomas Lodge was formed in June 1853 and received its Charter or Warrant of Constitution from the Grand Lodge in Ireland to which it reported and sent annual fees.
In 1855 St. Thomas Lodge No. 232, Irish Constitution was one of forty lodges that met and formed what is now known as The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. At that time it took the number 21, GRC; at the renumbering of lodges in 1860 it was changed to the current number 44.
St. Thomas Lodge No. 44 is a constituent lodge under the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario with head office in Hamilton, Ontario.
St. Thomas Lodge # 44 meets on the first Thursday of the month at 561 Talbot Street, St. Thomas.
Custodial History
The contents of the St. Thomas No. 44 fonds were given to the Elgin County Library in 1992. They were transferred by deed of gift to the Elgin Country Archives in 2002. The scrapbook was donated to the Archives in 2011.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of minute books (1853-1992), financial records (1881-1917), attendance registers and membership ledgers (1867-1994), proceedings of the annual meetings of the Grand Lodge (1866-1995), correspondence (1936-1992) and miscellaneous items, with varied dates.
The fonds consists of the following series:
1. Minutes
2. Membership and Attendance records
3. Financial records
4. Correspondence
5. Historical records
6. Administrative records
7. Proceedings of the Grand Lodge (including two volume set "The History of Freemasonry in Canada" published in 1900 which contains a chapter on the history of Freemasonry in St. Thomas.)
8. Scrapbook, 1994-2009
The records were created to document the life and activity of the Lodge (minutes and correspondence), the membership (financial and membership records), and those who attended the meetings of the Lodge (attendance and membership records).
Name Access
Freemasons. St. Thomas Lodge, No. 44 (St. Thomas, Ont.)
Subject Access
Masons
Access Restriction
Open to researchers
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Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Centennial Chapter, St. Thomas, fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Centennial Chapter fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1981-2013
Accession Number
2014-24
Storage Location
M1 S3 Sh5 B3 F7-9
M1 S3 Sh5 B4 F1-16
M1 S3 Sh5 B5 F1-11
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Centennial Chapter fonds
Creator
Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Centennial Chapter
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2014-24
Storage Room
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
M1 S3 Sh5 B3 F7-9
M1 S3 Sh5 B4 F1-16
M1 S3 Sh5 B5 F1-11
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1981-2013
Physical Description
18.5 cm of textual records.
27 photographs: col. ; 8 x 10 cm
81 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
1 photograph: B&W. ; 12.5 x 18 cm
History / Biographical
The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Centennial Chapter, St. Thomas, Ontario, was established February 19, 1981 and was bestowed the name St. Thomas Centennial Chapter in honour of the city’s 100th anniversary. When the chapter was first established it had fourteen members. The Chapter was disbanded by December 31, 2013. "The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was founded in 1900 in Fredericton, NB, by Margaret Polson Murray of Montréal, who envisioned an organization of women devoted to encouraging imperialism. Beginning with an educational mandate promoting Britain and British institutions through the schools, it became actively involved in both world wars in supporting Canada's efforts on behalf of Britain and the allies. In 1979 the name IODE was officially adopted. IODE chapters are made up of women from many walks of life with a common interest in volunteering their time to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social service and citizenship programs. Other areas of interest included immigration, child welfare, community health and social services. In recent years the IODE has concentrated more on community affairs, supporting Canadian educational, cultural and social developments. Although its membership has declined it remains an active women's organization, with 8000 members in 400 branches in 1999."
Custodial History
The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Centennial Chapter, St. Thomas, records were donated on September 3, 2014 by Georgia Sifton. An accrual was brought in July and August 2015 Another accrual was brought in by September 14, 2017.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains records pertaining to The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Centennial Chapter, St. Thomas, Ontario. Records include membership records, meeting minutes and reports, programs and services, and photographs. Records are organized into the following series: 1) Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1982-1993 2) Membership, 1981-2012 3) Newsletters, 1998-2013 4) Programs and Services, 1995, 2000-2010 5) Photographs, 1981 – 2006 6) Scrapbook, 1981-1995
Name Access
Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Centennial Chapter
Subject Access
Social Services
Women
Community Service
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Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
objects
Date Range
1931-2004
Accession Number
2008-01
2008-21
Storage Location
R9 S5 Sh5
R9 S5 Sh6 B1-3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas fonds
Creator
Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2008-01
2008-21
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R9 S5 Sh5
R9 S5 Sh6 B1-3
GMD
textual records
graphic material
objects
Date Range
1931-2004
Physical Description
1.3 m of textual records, graphic material and objects
History / Biographical
The Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas was organized in 1921 with 62 members.
One of its first projects was a Kiwanis Park, which was located on Ross Street, opposite Forest Avenue.
The record of service by local Kiwanians has been long and varied. Believed to be one of the oldest Kiwanis Clubs in Western Ontario, the St. Thomas Kiwanis Club renewed its beliefs by also chartering a second chapter, the Lord Elgin Kiwanis Club in 1963, and in most recent years supporting the Kiwanis Golden K, oriented for seniors over 60 years old, which was chartered in 1988.
Some of the highlights of the club's early years of service included looking after fatherless sons of First World War soldiers, assisting the hospital financially, establishing playgrounds, gaining goodwill with inter-community gatherings, helping set up dental clinic in schools, aiding those with failing eyesight and taking a leading part in many fundraising campaigns.
In 1925, unable to procure a slate of officers, a motion was introduced to suspend club operations, which became a strategy move.the club survived and membership was set at 55.
During the depression years, the Club launched their crippled children's clinics and formed and carried out the man-a-block system to provide work for the jobless, and staged many successful money-raising carnivals.
Despite the Second World War, the group continued to be active. While peace-time activities including their support of the 1940 International Plowing Match continued, the club raised about $30,000 for war services, including the purchase for the Red Cross of the first mobile blood serum gathering unit in Ontario. They also assisted with prisoner of war parcels and operated and maintained extensive blood clinics for several years in St. Thomas, Dutton and at the Aylmer and Fingal RCAF Schools.
Club membership continued to rise after the war years and in 1949 the club membership peaked at 130, its highest since inception.
In 1951, the St. Thomas Kiwanis sponsored the Port Stanley Club, which received its charter on April 22. It later amalgamated with the St. Thomas Club.
The motto of "We Build" continued and in 1954 the club provided $12,000 for a ward in the new St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, and another $1,000 was donated to assist in building the J.W. Snell Nurses Residence.
The club also continued it caring attitude towards children.In 1960, the members administered the Harry Townsend Fund to a boy who lost his legs in a railway accident.
From 1963 to 1964 local Kiwanians provided student loans of about $7,000.
The St. Thomas Kiwanis Club continued to honour it commitment of We Build, as well as supporting children's charities and helping seniors throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Presently, the Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas continues to provide service to the community.
Custodial History
Records were stored at Reith & Associates Insurance, 462 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, before being donated by the Club to the Elgin County Archives in 2008.
Scope and Content
Records created and/or maintained by the Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas. Records have been divided into the following series:
1. Special Events, 1931-2000
2. Historical records, 1940-1990
3. By-laws, 1941-2001
4. Financial records, 1941-2004
5. Reports, 1944-2003
6. General correspondence, 1947-2001
7. Newsletters, 1948-2004
8. Membership records, 1949-2009.
9. Minutes, 1952-2004
10. Clubs, 1962-1966
11. Service Projects, 1970-2001
Name Access
Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Service Clubs
Community Service
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The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1876-ca. 2000
Accession Number
2013-09
2017-39
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2
R7 S1 Sh1 B1-2
R7 S2 Sh6 B1-3
M10g
Display
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Creator
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2013-09
2017-39
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Archives Reference Room
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2
R7 S1 Sh1 B1-2
R7 S2 Sh6 B1-3
M10g
Display
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1876-ca. 2000
Physical Description
1.15 m of textual records
17 photographs : b&w and col., some sepia toned
1 drawing
4 signs
History / Biographical
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas was organized at St. Thomas, Ontario March 24, 1876 and incorporated in April 1878. Under Article II of its constitution the Society and its members were committed to the following objects: "1st - The care of the aged, and the homeless. 2nd - The promotion of Temperance. 3rd - To acquire and hold property as a place of refuge for the aged and homeless."
On March 27, 1878 the Society opened the St. Thomas "Home" for "those who are sick or destitute belonging to the town." The Home was located "in the brick house formerly used as a tavern on the Wilson farm in the town of St. Thomas."
The St. Thomas Home admitted adult men and women as well as children under the age of twelve in its "Orphanage Branch." In its first year of operation the Home admitted 29 people (19 female, 10 male), including two infants born at the Home; the eldest admittee was 90.
Although initially inmates were expected to pay residency fees according to their means, the Home was funded principally by grants from the Government of Ontario and the City of St. Thomas, and, to a lesser degree, private donations.
Because it received government funding, the Home was required to file annual reports with and was subject to the supervision of the Office of the Inspector of Public Charities for Ontario, and later the Ontario Department of Public Welfare - Homes for the Aged Branch and its successor, the Ontario Department of Social and Family Services - Homes for the Aged Branch.
On July 24, 1882 the Society purchased property at 57 Walnut Street, St. Thomas from Hiram Comfort and later that year erected the Thomas Williams Home on that site, replacing the St. Thomas "Home" as a refuge for indigent citizens. The Home was named in honour of its principal patron, St. Thomas philanthropist Thomas Williams, who was also named a life member of the Home's advisory board.
The last child resident of the Thomas Williams Home was discharged in March 1899; thereafter, while adults under the age of 40 continued to be admitted, the Home's population became increasingly elderly. In the year ending October 1, 1911 the youngest of the Home's eighteen inmates was 53 and the average age was 74.
Although not absolute requirements for admission, the great majority of residents were received from the City of St. Thomas and reported affiliation with some denomination of Protestantism.
By 1956 the Thomas Williams Home had evolved from its origins as a temporary place of charitable refuge for indigents to a permanent residence for senior citizens of reduced means operated under sanction of the Ontario Department of Public Welfare - Homes for the Aged Branch. Residents contributed to the cost of their care by assigning their old age security entitlements in trust to The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas.
From the 1950s on, the Home maintained an average population of twenty five residents, divided equally between the sexes, and employed a staff of five - superintendent, caretaker, cook, and two housemaids.
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas operated the Thomas Williams Home until 1994 when the house and property were sold to private investors who remodelled the site as a bed and breakfast called "Rosebery Place."
From May 1927 to August 1973 the Society operated a similar institution, for women only, known as Campbell Cottage, located at 40 Wellington Street, St. Thomas.
The Cottage had been the residence of Mary Campbell Leitch who died March 20, 1921 and left this property in trust to the Society for the purpose of operating a home for "elderly women of modest means." On April 1, 1927 the Society established its Campbell Cottage Committee to undertake the administration of the residence. The first residents were admitted to the Cottage in July 1927.
The Cottage received a second source of funding when St. Thomas resident Sophia Burton Lamb died on July 13, 1930 and left half her estate as a legacy to establish the Sophia Cutten Lamb Memorial Fund Trust to support the operation of Campbell Cottage under the management of The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas.
In 1973, citing declining demand for admission and the existence of other, similar relief institutions, the Society ceased managing Campbell Cottage, the Mary C. Leitch estate, and the Sophia Cutten Lamb Memorial Fund Trust.
Custodial History
The fonds was donated to the Elgin County Library in the mid-to-late 1990s and subsequently transferred to the Elgin County Archives.
Original minute book (March 1876-April 1884) and notebook (October 1876-September 1886) donated as accession 2013-09.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas in the course of operating the Thomas Williams Home and Campbell Cottage residence for indigents/senior citizens in St. Thomas, Ontario. The fonds includes minutes of meetings of the Society; annual financial statements, account records and reports to various government agencies concerning the operation of the Thomas Williams Home and Campbell Cottage; registers, log books and ledgers providing information about inmates/residents and staff of the Home and Cottage; and photographs depicting the grounds, buildings, residents and staff of the Thomas Williams Home and members of The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas.
The fonds comprises the following ten series: Minutes, 1876-1952; Financial Statements, 1942-1987; Residents Registers/ Log Books, 1878-1924; General Ledgers, 1892-1975; Returns to Government, 1878-1971; Legal Records,1921-1974; Inspection Registers, 1965-1977; Staff Account Ledgers, 1957-1975; Photographs, [189-?]-1969; Miscellaneous Records, 1882-1985.
The fonds will be useful to researchers concerned with the funding, operation, population and staffing of the Thomas Williams Home and Campbell Cottage in particular and private houses of refuge or relief and private retirement homes for the aged in Ontario and Canada generally; with the history of municipal and provincial funding and oversight of the provision of relief to indigent and elderly citizens in Ontario; with the establishment, development, organization structure, membership, business practices and fundraising activities of The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas in particular and of private philanthropic agencies in Ontario and Canada generally. Genealogists will find the fonds useful in identifying and gleaning information about individual inmates/residents and employees at the Home and Cottage.
Name Access
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Thomas Williams Home
Subject Access
Homes for the Aged
Women
Community Service
Access Restriction
Access to personal information of residents subject to restrictions.
Related Material
Elgin County House of Industry/ Elgin Manor fonds
Images
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Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas Ontario Branch fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
[1887?]-1991
Storage Location
R3 S5 Sh3 B7 F9-28
R3 S5 Sh3 B9 F11-23
R7 S3 Sh5 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas
Creator
Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas Ontario Branch
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R3 S5 Sh3 B7 F9-28
R3 S5 Sh3 B9 F11-23
R7 S3 Sh5 B1
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
[1887?]-1991
Physical Description
57 cm of textual records
1 photograph : b&w
History / Biographical
The Women's Art Association of Canada was established in Toronto, Ontario in 1886 by its founding president the painter and educator Mary Dignam (1857-1938) with a mandate to promote "a general interest in art and the encouragement of women's work for the purpose of mutual help and co-operation of its members, the establishment of art lectures, reading clubs and music study clubs, the holding of exhibitions of paintings, designs, sculpture, engraving and industrial arts, and the encouragement and development of the art handicrafts and home industries of Canada." The national Association solicited and assisted the establishment of local branches across Canada. The St. Thomas, Ontario Branch was founded at an organization meeting held at the St. Thomas Business College on March 26, 1895. The Branch had eleven founding members, who elected the St. Thomas painter and teacher Miss Susan Paul to be the Branch's inaugural president. Miss Paul served as president until 1898, when she was succeeded by Miss A. Ermatinger who in turn served until 1920. Other long-serving Branch presidents include Mrs. Amasa Wood, 1920-1935 and Mrs. G.L. Kennedy, 1940-1948. In April, 1930, the Women's Art Association of Canada affiliated with the Lyceum Club of London, England, and changed its name to the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada, necessitating a similar change in designation for its affiliate branches. Over the years, the Branch met at various venues in the City of St. Thomas, including the Y.W.C.A., the St. Thomas-Elgin Art Gallery, and Sifton House at Alma College. Branch activities were principally funded by members' fees, but also by exhibitions, lectures, teas and other events organized by the Branch. Under the original rules adopted by the Branch, members were periodically obliged to present papers/ lectures at Branch meetings for the entertainment and edification of the general membership. The Branch fulfilled its mandate to advance members' and the general public's appreciation for and understanding of the arts by organizing lectures and exhibitions, arranging museum and studio tours and sponsoring the placement of original art work and prints in public schools. The period of most intense interest and activity in the Branch occurred from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s, when paid annual memberships typically exceeded 100 and 75 members on average attended the Branch's bi-monthly meetings during its October to April season. Sadly, interest in the Branch gradually but steadily declined from this high point, and the Branch disbanded circa 1990 as a result of insufficient membership. In 2005, the Women's Art Association of Canada continued in operation as a charitable organization that provides scholarships for students studying music and the arts.
Custodial History
Fonds was donated to the Elgin County Library ca. 1991 and subsequently transferred to the Elgin County Archives.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by the Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas Ontario Branch/ Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas Ontario Branch, including minutes of meetings; copies of annual event programmes and annual reports; financial statements and account books; lists of members; collections of newspaper clippings and scrapbooks documenting Branch activities; and samples of papers presented at meetings by Branch members. Fonds comprises the following eleven series: Minutes, 1895-1986; Annual Programmes, 1900-1990; Annual Reports, 1937-1988; Financial Statements, 1919-1987; Membership Lists, 1895-1980; Newspaper Clippings, 1920-1988; Scrapbooks, 1921-[1983?]; Meeting Presentations, 1910-1971; Cash Books, 1895-1931; Accounts Journals, 1905-1929; Miscellaneous Records, [1887?]-1991. Fonds will be useful to researchers concerned with the establishment, development, administration, membership and activities of the Branch, its parent organization the Women's Art Association of Canada/ Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada, and private art appreciation/ education societies in Canada generally. Local historians and genealogists will profit from consulting the Branch's minutes, programmes, and membership lists when researching the identity and activities of individual Branch members.
Name Access
Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas Ontario Branch
Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada - St. Thomas Ontario Branch
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Women
Community Service
Artists
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Morley Thomas Collection

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Morley Thomas Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1926-1938
Accession Number
2019-20
Storage Location
M5 S2 Sh1 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Morley Thomas Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2019-20
Storage Room
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
M5 S2 Sh1 B3
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1926-1938
Physical Description
0.1 cm of textual records
1 certificate
5 volumes
History / Biographical
Morley Keith Thomas was born on August 18, 1918 in Westminster Township to Morley A. Thomas (1889-1918) and Alice Auckland Thomas (1888-1961). After the death of his father in 1918, his mother relocated to Talbotville with Morley, where he attended School Section No. 6 and, later, the St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. He also attended the University of Western Ontario in London, where he studied physics and mathematics. While at university, he met his wife, Clara McCandless, whom he married in 1942. They had two children, Stephen and John. During the Second World War, Thomas served as a civilian Meteorological Officer with the RCAF as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. At the end of the war, he obtained a Master's Degree in Physics (meteorology) from the University of Toronto and pursued a career in climatology. When he retired in 1983, he was the director general of the Canadian Climate Centre in Environment Canada's Atmospheric Environment Service. Morley Thomas died on March 31, 2018 in Watford, Ontario and 99 years old.
Scope and Content
The collection includes school records created or collected by Morley Thomas, a student at School Section No. 6 (Talbotville School) and the St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. Contains reports, a certificate, and volumes of the student publication titled The Collegian.
Name Access
St. Thomas Collegiate Institute
Talbotville (Ont.)
Subject Access
Schools
Education
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Pilot Club of St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Pilot Club of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1948-1993
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh3 B2
R7 S1 Sh2 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Pilot Club of St. Thomas fonds
Creator
Pilot Club of St. Thomas
Pilot Club International
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh3 B2
R7 S1 Sh2 B1
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1948-1993
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records
ca. 100 photographs : b&w and col.
History / Biographical
The Pilot Club of St. Thomas was founded in September, 1948 as a business and professional women's service organization affiliated with and sanctioned by Pilot Club International. The club's organization meeting was held at the St. Thomas Y.W.C.A. on September 20, 1948. The club's thirteen charter members chose Mrs. Millicent Ashton to be the inaugural president at a meeting held November 1, 1948, and it celebrated receipt of its charter from Pilot Club International at a meeting held January 5, 1949. Through the years the club fulfilled its community service mandate by raising and donating funds to support numerous local and national institutions and organizations, including the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, St. Thomas Memorial Arena, St. Thomas Memorial Continuing Care Centre, St. Thomas Y.W.C.A., St. Thomas-Elgin Art Gallery, Telecare-Elgin, Elgin County Pioneer Museum, St. Thomas Cenotaph Fund, Mental Health Elgin, Alma College, Elgin Manor, CNIB, Arthritis Society, and United Way. The club also supported several international relief organizations, including UNICEF, and from 1959 to 1973 sponsored a foster daughter from India, providing for her education from public school to graduation with a medical degree. The club's fund raising activities included holding rummage sales, fashion shows, teas, food sales, draws, and organizing bus trips to theatres, shopping centres and other attractions. Effective November 17, 1977 the club was incorporated as the Pilot Club of St. Thomas Inc. under Ontario corporation number 000366069. At a meeting held April 27, 1992 the membership voted to disband, and the club surrendered its charter to Pilot Club International and terminated its incorporation effective August 3, 1992. Pilot Club International is a non-profit classified business and professional women's service club. It was founded by charter of incorporation dated October 16, 1921 in Macon, Georgia where it has always maintained its headquarters. District 17, Pilot Club International's first district outside the United States, was established when the Pilot Club of Windsor, Ontario was chartered on February 17, 1947. By the late 1980s District 17 comprised thirteen clubs, located in Brantford, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, North York, Oshawa, Ottawa, Sarnia, Scarborough, St. Catherines, St. Thomas and Windsor. Mrs. Jean Conacher of Hamilton, Ontario is the only Canadian ever to serve as president of Pilot Club International, serving in that capacity in 1956-1957. As of 2005 Pilot Club International reported sanctioning approximately 500 clubs with more than 25,000 adult and youth members in five countries: the United States, Japan, Bahamas, Singapore and Canada, with clubs based in Niagara Falls and Scarborough.
Custodial History
The fonds was donated to the Elgin County Library in the mid-to-late 1990s and subsequently transferred to the Elgin County Archives.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by the Pilot Club of St. Thomas and its parent organization Pilot Club International. The fonds includes minutes of the club's meetings, scrapbooks created to document the club's activities, and miscellaneous records including club attendance records and standing rules as well as manuals, brochures and other materials issued by Pilot Club International and collected, used and maintained by the Pilot Club of St. Thomas. The fonds is arranged in the following series: 1. Minutes, 1948-1992; 2. Scrapbooks, 1948-1992; 3. Miscellaneous Records, 1948-1993. The fonds is particularly useful to those interested in researching the history of the Pilot Club of St. Thomas and its fund raising and community service activities, to genealogists seeking information about club members, and to those researching the history of Canadian community service clubs in general and Canadian women's community service clubs in particular. The fonds is also of interest to researchers concerned with the history of Pilot Club International and its Canadian operations.
Name Access
Pilot Club of St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Women
Community Service
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Quota Club of St. Thomas fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Quota Club of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
objects
Date Range
1974-2006
Accession Number
2012-11
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh4 B5 F3-10
M11
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Quota Club of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2012-11
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh4 B5 F3-10
M11
GMD
textual records
objects
Date Range
1974-2006
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
1 plaque
History / Biographical
The Quota Club Intenational began as an offshoot of the Kiwanis organization although they were not officially attached. It was intended for women in executive or major supervisory positions, however this was somewhat changed over time to attract more members.
Wanda Frey Joiner was the individual who organized and inspired the club and Quota is an International club. Particular seminars were directed to the conditions existing for women and children in developing countries and for other needs, such as hospital equipment, hearing aids for people (particularly children) who were unable to purchase one.
Members were of diverse occupations and either still active or retired. In early years, men were not accepted. Later they were welcomed (due to legal decision that organizations had to accept everyone).
The St. Thomas club was chartered in 1974. It closed ca. 2006 due to the same problems as other service clubs: lack of new members and older members unable to meet the needs of the club.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records created and/or maintained by the Quota Club of St. Thomas. Records are divided into the following series:
-Membership and attendance, 1960-2003.
-Minutes and by-laws, October 5, 1974-November 15, 2000.
-Financial records, 1996-2006.
-Correspondence, ca. 1998-2001.
Name Access
Quota Club of St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Service Clubs
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Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Thomas Lodge No. 18 fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Thomas Lodge No. 18 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1937-1999
Accession Number
2005-01
Storage Location
R13 S2 Sh4 B8 F1-5
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Thomas Lodge No. 18 fonds
Creator
Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Thomas Lodge No. 18
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2005-01
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R13 S2 Sh4 B8 F1-5
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1937-1999
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
The Daughters of Rebekah, also known as the Rebekahs and the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, is an international service-oriented organization and a branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It was initially designed as the female auxiliary of the IOOF,[1] but now allows both female and male members.[2] It is one of the units of the IOOF, but women need not be related to an Odd Fellow to be a member of the Rebekahs. As long as she meets the moral, ethical and age requirement for admission, any woman may join. In most jurisdictions, women aged 16 or 18 years old and above can join a Rebekah Lodge The Rebekah Lodges were founded on 20 September 1851, when, after considerable debate, the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows voted to adopt the Rebekah Degree, largely due to the efforts of an Odd Fellow named Schuyler Colfax. The first Rebekah Degrees were honorary awards only, conferred on wives and daughters of Odd Fellows at special Lodge meetings, and recipients were known as "Daughters of Rebekah".[4] The name is taken from the Biblical character of Rebekah. These early Daughters of Rebekah had no lodge system of their own, and operated in an informal and local manner. On September 25, 1868, the IOOF voted to establish Degree Lodges of the Daughters of Rebekah, mirroring the existing arrangements for their male counterparts. The Daughters were given the right to elect their own officers, charge for initiation fees, collect dues and undertake charitable and benevolent activities. The name was changed to "Degree of Rebekah" in 1874.[. The Rebekah St. Thomas Lodge No. 18 existed under the jurisdiction of the Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Thomas Lodge No. 18 disbanded in the late 1990s.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of minute books (1937-1982), by-laws (1938-1983), and financial records (1996-1999) relating to the West St. Thomas District No. 49, No. 9, and No. 18 Rebekah Lodges. The fonds consists of the following series:
1. Minutes
2. By-laws
3. Financial records
Name Access
Rebekah Assembly of Ontario, Independent Order of Odd Fellows St. Thomas Lodge No. 18
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Community Service
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