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War Correspondence

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1899-1946
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1899-1946
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence of Robert Marshall Anderson and Donald Hume Anderson with various soldiers from the St. Thomas area who served during the Boer War/South African War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-1918), and the Second World War (1939-1945).
Much of the Boer War/South African War-era correspondence is between Robert Marshall Anderson and his brothers Archie and Duncan, both of whom served in the conflict, Duncan as a physician in the medical corps, Archie in the infantry. In addition, Robert Marshall Anderson corresponded with some of his employees serving as soldiers in South Africa.
The First World War correspondence features letters to and from an employee of the Anderson Department Store, Warren Andrews, who served with distinction and returned to St. Thomas at war's end with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Correspondents include Robert Marshall Anderson and Anderson Department Store employees E.G. Cooper, Ruby Copeman and Donald McCallum.
Much of the Second World War correspondence consists of letters written to Donald Hume Anderson by Anderson Department Store employees injured while serving as soldiers during the Second World War expressing thanks for care packages sent to them during periods of convalescence. Correspondents include Corporal Carlyle R. Taylor, [Petty Officer?] W. Jack Taylor, Sergeant Thomas W. Hanna, Sergeant E.J. (Ted) Higginbottom, Corporal A.W. Shaw, Private F.E. Lapp, and Doug Keith. Includes stationery and envelopes bearing various military insignia. Series also includes correspondence dated 1945-1946 between Donald Hume Anderson, in his capacity as an officer of the St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee, and various individuals and agencies including the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Series includes the following files:
Correspondence of Private P.H. Stacey, 1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F1
Correspondence of Duncan Anderson, 1900-1901. C5 Sh5 B1 F2
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F3
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F4
Correspondence - Anderson Department Store staff to W.A. Andrews, 1916. C5 Sh5 B1 F5
Correspondence - E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F6
Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F7
Correspondence - Ruby Copeman to W.A. Andrews, 1916-1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F8
Correspondence - Robert Marshall Anderson to W.A. Andrews, 1916-1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F9
Correspondence - St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee, 1945-1946. C5 Sh5 B1 F10
Correspondence - Various Correspondents to Donald Hume Anderson, 1943. C5 Sh5 B1 F11
Name Access
Anderson, Archie
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Anderson, Dr. Duncan
Anderson, Robert Marshall
Anderson, Donald Hume
St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee
Anderson Department Store
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
First World War
Second World War
Conservation
Letters have been placed in melinex sleeves
Related Material
Anderson Department Store fonds

Anderson Company Limited Peace Day Parade Float

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Scott Studio fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
July 19, 1919
Storage Location
Box 143, Envelope 95800
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Scott Studio fonds
Description Level
Item
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
Box 143, Envelope 95800
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
July 19, 1919
Physical Description
1 negative : glass plate
Physical Condition
Broken, with a small piece missing
Scope and Content
The Anderson Company Limited parade float decorated for Peace Day celebrations held July 19, 1919 in St. Thomas. Anderson Company Limited founder and president Robert Marshall Anderson is visible wearing a black-banded hat, and his son Donald Hume Anderson is second from the left. This photograph was probably taken at Robert Marshall Anderson's residence, 24 Rosebery Place, St. Thomas.
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Anderson, Donald Hume
Anderson, Robert Marshall
Subject Access
First World War
91st Battalion
Military
Business and Industry
Images

Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F7
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F7 2
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F7
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
9 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letters written by Anderson Department Store employee Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews while Andrews was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War.
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Correspondence - Ruby Copeman to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F8 1
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F8
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
10 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Ruby Copeman, an employee of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the First World War
Letter is dated June 15, 1917, and is written on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery
Letter is mostly concerned with keeping Andrews up-to-date with the various changes occuring at the department store (changes in staff etc.); Copeman states: "store and war news is about all I have to talk about."
Copeman has enclosed a clipping from the St. Thomas Times-Journal regarding the replacement of volunteer nurses with professionals at military hospitals in France
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Copeman, Ruby
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Correspondence - Ruby Copeman to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F8 2
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F8
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
10 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Ruby Copeman, an employee of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the First World War
Letter is dated August 19, 1916, and is written on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery
Describes some changes occurring at the department store, including the training of new administrative staff
Copeman mentions getting letters from other St. Thomas natives who are fighting in the war: a member of the Kerr family, and Donald "Mac" McCallum, another former employee of the department store
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Copeman, Ruby
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Correspondence - Robert Marshall Anderson to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F9
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F9 2
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F9
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
11 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Robert Marshall Anderson, president and owner of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee, and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated November 1, 1916, and typed on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery; it is addressed to "somewhere in France"
Anderson states that he has published the "non-personal" part of a letter from Andrews in the local newspaper (Times-Journal?) believing it would be of interest to the people of St. Thomas
States that the 153rd Wellington Battalion have been quartered in St. Thomas for the winter
Discusses events at the department store (Autumn opening, good business, rearrangement of the stockroom, etc.)
Mentions another former store member, Donald "Mac" MacCallum, who has fallen ill while overseas training for the war
States that a number of the local men of the 91st Battalion have returned to Canada because they were physically unfit
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Anderson, Robert Marshall
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Subject Access
First World War
Images

'Letter from Robert Marshall Anderson to Warren Andrews'

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F9 #3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
Item
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F9 #3
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
3 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Robert Marshall Anderson, president and owner of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee, and member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated March 19, 1917, and is typed on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery
Anderson states that the morning's newspaper contained the "good news" of a big advance of French and British troops
Mentions several times that he hopes the war is coming to an end (a reflection of the general public's desire for peace)
Discusses events at the department store (Spring opening, loss of staff, rising price of merchandise)
Mentions receiving a letter from another former staff member, Donald 'Mac' McCallum
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson, Robert Marshall
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Oriental Tea Room

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson Department Store fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
1915
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh6 B1 F5 22
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson Department Store fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh6 B1 F5 22
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
1915
Series
Anderson Department Store fonds - The Anderson Company Limited series
Anderson Department Store fonds - The Anderson Company Limited series - Photographs sub-series
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.5 x 25.5 cm
Scope and Content
Black and white photograph showing an "oriental tea room" installation at the Anderson Department Store. Includes employees and others dressed in costumes. The installation was part of a benefit staged to support Elgin County soldiers serving in the First World War.
Name Access
Anderson Department Store
Anderson Company Limited
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Business and Industry
First World War
Images

Anderson Company Limited Peace Day Parade Float

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson Department Store fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
1919
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh6 B1 F19 1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson Department Store fonds
Description Level
File
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh6 B1 F19 1
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
1919
Series
Anderson Department Store fonds - The Anderson Company Limited series
Anderson Department Store fonds - The Anderson Company Limited series - Photographs sub-series
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.5 x 16.5 cm
Scope and Content
Black and white photograph showing an Anderson Company Limited parade float decorated for the Peace Day celebration held in St. Thomas on July 19, 1919 to mark the conclusion of the First World War. Anderson Company Limited founder and president Robert Marshall Anderson is at the wheel of the float, and his son, Donald Hume Anderson is second from the left. This photograph was probably taken at Robert Marshall Anderson's residence, 24 Rosebery Place, St. Thomas.
Name Access
Anderson Department Store
Anderson Company Limited
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Anderson, Robert Marshall
Anderson, Donald Hume
Subject Access
Business and Industry
First World War
Military
91st Battalion
Images

Correspondence - E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F6
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
2 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Anderson Department Store employee E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated January 14, 1917, has a St. Thomas postmark and a London, England postmark (letter was received through the Army Post Office in the U.K. and sent to Andrews somewhere in France)
In addition to personal sentiments of support, letter contains information of historical relevance; Cooper states that the newspapers are predicting imminent peace, particularly the American press, which Cooper feels "cannot have very much bearing on any peace terms that may be arranged by the allies, and why should it?" (the Americans would not join the war until April of the same year)
Cooper discusses the rising costs of goods; says that in particular, the price of food is high, but rationalizes this change through the motto "anything to win the war, those that won't or can't fight, must pay."
Also mentions that 153rd Battalion of St. Thomas is preparing to deploy; and that a Lieutenant Berson arrived home from the war, looking poorly, but received a warm reception from the military band, cadets, and citizens
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F7
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F7 1
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F7
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
9 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letters written by Anderson Department Store employee Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews while Andrews was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War.
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Correspondence - Ruby Copeman to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F8 1
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F8
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
10 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Ruby Copeman, an employee of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the First World War
Letter is dated June 15, 1917, and is written on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery
Letter is mostly concerned with keeping Andrews up-to-date with the various changes occuring at the department store (changes in staff etc.); Copeman states: "store and war news is about all I have to talk about."
Copeman has enclosed a clipping from the St. Thomas Times-Journal regarding the replacement of volunteer nurses with professionals at military hospitals in France
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Copeman, Ruby
Subject Access
First World War
Images

Correspondence - Robert Marshall Anderson to W.A. Andrews

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F9
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Anderson family fonds
Description Level
File
Item Number
C5 Sh5 B1 F9 1
Accession Number
2004-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C5 Sh5 B1 F9
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1916-1917
Series
Anderson family fonds - War Correspondence series
Physical Description
11 pages of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letter from Robert Marshall Anderson, president and owner of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee, and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated July 15, 1916, and is typed on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery; sent to England where Andrews received military training
Anderson expresses his relief at receiving a cable message from Andrews and mentions that he had already received messages from three privates, which made him worry about Andrews, because, he says, "it would seem strange that a private's message should get thorugh before an Officers."
Mentions that the people of St. Thomas are proud that there are very few reports of desertions in the 91st battalion, especially considering that a troop from Quebec had 190 desertions
States that about 40 or 50 more St. Thomas men have enlisted, and will join the No. 1 Construction Battalion
Shares news about the department store (staff going on holidays, renovations, etc.)
Name Access
Anderson Company Limited
Anderson Department Store
Anderson, Robert Marshall
Andrews, Col. W.A.
Subject Access
First World War
Images

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