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.
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.
Directories for 1943-1948 acquired in 1986 by the Elgin Historical Society. Stored as part of a much larger collection at the Elgin County Pioneer Museum. Moved to basement of Yurek's Drug Store after Museum fire in 2001. Donated to Elgin County Archives in December 2002.
1966 directory donated to Elgin County Archives in December 2002.
Scope and Content
Series consists of Bell Telephone Company of Canada directories collected and maintained by the Southwold and Dunwich Telephone Association Limited.
File R7 S3 Sh2 B1 F9 contains directories for London, St. Thomas and surrounding territory issued April 1943, February 1944, January 1945, December 1945, November 1946 and July 1948.
File R7 S3 Sh2 B1 F10 contains supplementary directory for Fingal and Shedden issued January 1966.