-Backgrounder: St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse Project (gives an overview of the contract with Integrated Team Solutions), June 15, 2011.
-An invitation to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the restoration and renovation of the Elgin County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 2 pm.
Copies of newspaper articles relating to the opening of the St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse on March 18, 2014.
-front-page of the St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, featuring a colour picture of the side view of the new courthouse.
-"Consolidated Elgin County Courthouse opens: Facility incorporates heritage and new space", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 3.
-"Open for business: Dignitaries gather in one of the atriums at the new consolidated courthouse in St. Thomas for the official ribbon-cutting on Tuesday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 26.
-"Well worth the wait: Former Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters presides at the official opening of the new, consolidated courthouse Tuesday in St. Thomas. Peters was praised for his efforts to preserve the Elgin County Courthouse on Wellington St. as the seat of justice in the city", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 27.
-London Free Press article, March 19, 2014, featuring pictures of the front and side views of the new courthouse, and a picture of Brian Masschaele, Elgin County Director of Community and Cultural Services installing a time capsule in the building's basement. Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP, is also pictured, p. A-2.
-this file also includes:
-a leaflet which gives an overview of the Elgin County Courthouse Self-Guided Tour.
-paper scans of colour photographs of the interior of the Consolidated Courthouse and dignitaries at the opening ceremony.
-the speech by Elgin County Warden Dave Marr, at the opening ceremony.
-a News Release from Infrastructure Ontario, March 18, 2014: "Elgin County Courthouse Officially Complete" (English and French versions).
-A Backgrounder: "The Elgin County Courthouse, a St. Thomas Landmark" (English and French versions).
-"Courts on the move: Justice of the Peace Cheri Emrich was the final judicial officer to preside over a bail hearing in the last case to be heard in the Colin McGregor Justice Building. All court fuctions are now moving to the new, consolidated Elgin County Courthouse, which officially opened on Tuesday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 19, 2014, p. 3.
-"Consolidated courthouse in session: Judge Mitrow of the Superior Court of Justice presided over the first case in the new, consolidated Elgin County Courthouse on Monday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 25, 2014, p. 6.
-Emails regarding the identification of a dignitary at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, March 19-26, 2014. The dignitary is identified as Tori McKillop of Integrated Team Solutions. Attached to the email string is a photograph of the dignitaries.Left to right: Tori McKillop, Project Director, Integrated Team Solutions; Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London; Dave Marr, Elgin County Warden; John Gerretsen, Ontario Attorney General; Heather Jackson, Mayor of St. Thomas; Joe Preston, MP, Egin-Middlesex-London; Steve Peters, former MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London.
"Justice stands up to the test of time", p.5 / "Time capsule awaits the year 2102", p. 8. St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News, March 27, 2014.
"Court security state-of-the-art", St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 2, 2014, p.4.
"A monument to justice: Regional Senior Justice Thomas A. Heeney speaks at the official opening of the courts at Elgin County Courthouse on Tuesday", St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 30, 2014, p.1.
-"St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse Time Capsule Committee Terms of Reference".
-Time Capsule Committee minutes: December 5, 2012; January 22, 2013; February 21, 2013; March 26, 2013; April 30, 2013; September 19, 2013; Agenda for October 18, 2013 meeting (no formal minutes recorded).
-emails, April 29, 2013-February 25, 2014.
-a Backgrounder: "Time Capsule at New Elgin County Courthouse to be Opened in 2102" (English and French versions).
-a hard-cover booklet: "Commemorating the Elgin County Courthouse and Documenting the Time Capsule placed in the Expanded Elgin County Courthouse Official Opening- March 18, 2014".
-a colour print-out of the enclosed time capsule shortly before it was sealed on March 27, 2014.
-a colour print-out of the book "The Court Houses of a Century: 1800-1900", which was one of the documents placed in the time capsule.
-a print-out of one of the documents placed in the time capsule: "This 1852 Newspaper Report of the Laying of the Cornerstone of the Elgin County Courthouse by Masonic Lodge 211, Port Stanley with St. John's Lodge 209, London (Both of the Grand Lodge of Ireland) is here Reprinted for Placement in the Time Capsule in the St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse. Text selected and prepared by the Elgin County Museum, Michael Baker, Curator, & hand-printed from photo polymer plates by stiff n' sore press, Stouffville, Ontario, January 2014", and associated emails.
DVDs of virtual exhibits undertakken by the Elgin County Archives. Includes: "Alma College: A Visual Journey" at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, 2008; and "They Served: We Will Remember Them" in 2008. Also, the files for "Toujours en Avant".
Research notes and timeline of the Elgin County Courthouse, 2013-2014. Compiled by Krista Taylor, for the Elgin County Archives virtual exhibit.
File includes a list of Elgin County Wardens, Sheriffs, Clerks and Registrars, 1852-1985. Also, the Time Capsule Committee proposal, dated April 30, 2013.
Ken Verrell Collection - Elgin County History series
0.4 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
"During an archeological dig on the courthouse property in the former parking lot area on July 6, 2010, a single grave was unearthed, containing remains of two bodies. The grave was located in the area of the former prison exercise yard, within walls of the jail which was torn down in 1985. An investigation was conducted, and the remains were determined to be those of John Hendershott and William Welter. The archeological dig was undertaken in preparation for a $100-million expansion project at the courthouse facility. The Provincial Registrar of Cemeteries has given notice of the intention to declare the site an unapproved cemetery and, according to a notice, "invites representatives of the persons whose remains may still be interred in the former cemetery to contact the registrar within two weeks after July 28, 2010" (taken from the St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 21, 2010).
"On Monday, September 27, the remains of William Welter and John A. Hendershott were reburied in St. Thomas Cemetery on West Avenue, near the Mausoleum. A simple ceremony, in the presence of about 20 people, was conducted by Rev. Roger Landell of First United Church and retired Baptist minister Rev. Clarence Roberts. Local historian Don Cosens also gave a eulogy. Their final resting place is to be marked by two flat markers." (taken from the St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 29, 2010).
Scope and Content
File contains records relating to the discovery of a grave at the former Elgin County Jail Yard. Discovered during an archaeology dig on the courthouse property on July 6, 2010, the grave contained the remains of two bodies, later identified as John Hendershott and William Welter. The file contains a printed copy of an e-mail from the property owner, Shmuel Farhi, with attached documents regarding the bones and process of relocating them, as well as the process of closing the cemetery to allow for development of the site.