Item consists of the Canadian Almanac for 1863, inside of which is the "County of Elgin Directory" profiling the following: The County's history (including biographical information on Thomas Talbot); early commercial activity; maintenance of the Port Stanley harbour; assessment values; population figures (including a demographic profile based on ethnicity and religious affiliation); overview of the court system, and a profile of schools and churches.
The following businesses in St. Thomas are profiled:
A. McLachlin, Bookseller and Stationer;
Red Flag Dry Goods;
Robert Carrie Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes;
Lindop Brothers Dry Goods, Liquors & Provisions;
St. Thomas Tannery;
Thomas Moore Stove, Lamp, Coal & Oil depot;
J.J. Clutton / Elgin Woollen Mills;
Henry Brown Lamps, Coal, Oil;
William Love Furniture and Cabinet Ware;
Walter Barr, Tailor;
The Elgin Tannery / William Lipsey;
The Elgin Iron Works / Armstrong & Hay;
W. Jackson Household Furniture;
D.J. Wallace, Photographic Artist;
St. Thomas Carriage and Waggon Manufactory / George Wegg;
J.A. Simpson, Taylor [sic];
Roe Brothers General Merchants.
File contains a copy of a publication entitled "Armstrong & Co’s County of Elgin Gazetteer & Directory for 1872". Inscribed on flyleaf: "The Reeve of Southwold and Successors in Office William McKay County Clerk". Collected by K.W. McKay, perhaps in his capacity as a member of the Elgin Historical and Scientific Institute.