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
46-19(1_517) published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on March 12, 1946, page 1. 46-17(1_515) and 46-18(1_516) published in St. Thomas Times-Journal on March 12, 1946, page 3.
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Photographs of the First United Church, in St. Thomas, after it was on fire, that started just before midnight on March 11, 1946. The fire was first reported by Mrs. George Snelling, who lived nearby at 23 George Street and one of the first persons to see it was Lorne Nichols, a member of the building committee. The Church, located at the corner of Curtis and St. George streets, was the largest place of worship in the Elgin Presbetry of the United Church of Canada and a landmark for almost a century, being originally built in 1872-1873, but its antecedents date back to the 1830's. The losses are estimated at over $100,000 and include the destruction of the organ and its chimes, the large music library and the choir vestements.
46-16: View of the Church roof and lack of spire.(1_514)
46-17: View of the interior of the church looking towards the ruined organ.(1_515)
46-18: View of the damaged interior, looking from the east entrance.(1_516)
46-19: Frontal view of the Church showing damage done.(1_517)
(Article information came from the St. Thomas Times-Journal on March 12, 1946, page 1 and page 3.
46-362(1_623) and 46-363(1_624) published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on April 25, page 1.
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Photographs of the Ontario Motor League Banquet at Knox Church on April 24, 1946. First two photographs are of men sitting at a banquet table on a raised platform. Left to right they are: unidentified figure, Ernest Lashbrook of Rodney, president of the Ontario Motor League, R. A. Stapells of Toronto, president of the Canadian Automobile Association, Frank Truman of Aylmer, president of the St. Thomas and Elgin Motor Club, Colonel G. A. Welsh, Ontario Minister of Travel and Publicity, Harvey Miller of Rodney, the newly-elected president of the St. Thomas and Elgin Club and two unidentified figures. Third image shows two men laughing and then in the fourth image the two men are shaking hands. These men are the newly-elected secretary of the St. Thomas and Elgin Club, Col. D. E. Gerrard and his predecessor in the office, Dr. Charles C. Lumley, who was presented with a cheque and life membership to the club. (Article information came from the St. Thomas Times-Journal on April 25, page 1).