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The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas - Minutes

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
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The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
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Item
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1876-1884
Accession Number
2013-09
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2 F13
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
Item
Accession Number
2013-09
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2 F13
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1876-1884
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Minutes series
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
Physical Condition
Damaged spine
Scope and Content
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas minute book for the period March 24, 1876-April 1, 1884.
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.

The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas - Notebook

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1876-1886
Accession Number
2013-09
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2 F14
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
Item
Accession Number
2013-09
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2 F14
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1876-1886
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Minutes series
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Physical Condition
Damaged spine
Scope and Content
Notebook maintained by The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas during the period October 17, 1876-September 7, 1886, itemizing significant events for the Society and the Thomas Williams Home, St. Thomas.
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.

St. Thomas Home/ Thomas Williams Home - Resident Register

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1911
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F1
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
Item
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F1
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1911
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Resident Registers/ Log Books series
Physical Description
1.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
St. Thomas Home/ Thomas Williams Home resident register for the period April 1878-October 1911. The register was maintained by the Home's Matron and includes each resident's name, age, nationality, religion, date of admission, marital status, "infirmity or disease", whether "paying or not paying", Whether "able to work or not", date of discharge and remarks, which often included details of resident's treatment by the Home's physician and dates of hospitalization and/or death. Information recorded in the register was used by the Society in preparing legally required annual returns to the Inspector of Public Charities, Toronto.
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 is subject to restrictions.

The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas - Annual Reports to the Office of the Inspector of Public Charities (Ontario)

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Elgin County Archives
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The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
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File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1889
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F11
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
File
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F11
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1889
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Returns to Government series
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains copies of annual reports made by The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas to the Office of the Inspector of Public Charities (Ontario), 1878-1889, relating to the Society's operation of the St. Thomas/ Thomas Williams Home.
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.

The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas - Minutes series

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1876-1952
Accession Number
2013-09
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2
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
Series
Accession Number
2013-09
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B2
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1876-1952
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Minutes series
Physical Description
23 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of meetings of The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas held during the following periods: March 1876-April 1884, April 1897-April 1902, April 1902-January 1909, February 1909-January 1918, April 1939-November 1943, and December 1943-May 1952.
Minutes principally concern the Society's management of the Thomas Williams Home for indigents/senior citizens. Some minute books also contain lists of Society members, records of members' attendance at meetings and financial statements.
Series also includes:
A notebook for the period October 17,1876-September 7, 1886, itemizing significant events for the Society and the Thomas Williams Home.
Minutes of meetings of the Society's Campbell Cottage Committee, held April 1927-February 1944, which principally concern the Society's management of the Campbell Cottage residence for indigent/senior women, the Mary C. Leitch estate, and the Sophia Cutten Lamb Memorial Fund Trust. The minute books include attached annual reports, with financial statements, made by the Campbell Cottage Committee to the Board of The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas, for the years ending June 1928-1943.
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.

The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas - Resident Registers/ Log Books series

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1924
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F1-4
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
Series
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F1-4
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1924
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Resident Registers/ Log Books series
Physical Description
4.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of registers and log books recording and in some cases identifying residents of the St. Thomas Home/Thomas Williams Home. Series includes resident register for the period April 1878-October 1911. The register was maintained by the Home's Matron and includes each resident's name, age, nationality, religion, date of admission, marital status, "infirmity or disease", whether "paying or not paying", Whether "able to work or not", date of discharge and remarks, which often included details of resident's treatment by the Home's physician and dates of hospitalization and/or death. Information recorded in the register was used by the Society in preparing legally required annual returns to the Inspector of Public Charities, Toronto. Series also includes resident log books for the periods June 1899-November 1903, January 1912-December 1915, and July 1920-December 1924. Log books provide a daily record of the number of residents, classified by age and sex (adult males, adult females, youths under twelve), and whether admitted, discharged or died. Log books were intended to record aggregate numbers of residents only; however, log books for the periods January 1912-December 1915, and July 1920-December 1924 often contain notes identifying residents by surname. A note dated February 1912 on the inside back cover of the log book for January 1912-December 1915 indicates that log books were maintained by the Secretary of The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas, and that completed books were sent to the Office of the Inspector of Public Charities, Toronto.
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.

The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas - Returns to Government series

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1971
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F11-19
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
Series
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh1 B1 F11-19
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1878-1971
Series
The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds - Returns to Government series
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of periodic reports and other returns and applications made by The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas to various departments, ministries and agencies of the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada concerning the operation of the St. Thomas Home/Thomas Williams Home, including the Office of the Inspector of Public Charities (Ontario), Ontario Department of Public Welfare - Homes for the Aged Branch, Ontario Department of Social and Family Services - Homes for the Aged Branch, and the Department of National Health and Welfare. Records included in this series provide detailed financial and statistical information relating to the fiscal management, funding, government oversight, resident population, and staffing of the St. Thomas Home/Thomas Williams Home. For the years ending September 1901-1932, manuscript copies of annual reports to the Office of the Inspector of Public Charities (Ontario) are included in the Society's general ledgers.
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.

The Ladies' Benevolent and Temperance Society of St. Thomas fonds

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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
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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
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