Published on the Archives' flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/4330481364/in/set-72157623225446063/.
1 photograph : b&w, sepia toned ; 11.5 x 16.5 cm on sheet 27 x 35 cm
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Photograph showing spectators viewing several railway cars damaged in an accident. Cars may belong to the Michigan Central Railway, but one car is marked "New York Central Li[nes]". Mounted on cardboard with the caption "[word(s) missing] M.C.R. Wreck".
On August 4, 1906, a tragic head-on collision occurred between two engines on the London and Port Stanley tracks, just north of the Barwick Street bridge, a south-bound MCR passenger train ran head-on into a north-bound PM passenger train.
Calvin Winslow Ellis was born April 2, 1877 in Aylmer, Ontario, the son of Isaac Newton Ellis, a carriage maker, and Alma Jane (Calvert) Ellis. Ellis moved to St. Thomas, Ontario c. 1902. In 1906 he worked as an automobile agent. From c. 1913 to 1916 Ellis worked as operator and projectionist at the Star Theatre, 467 Talbot Street, St. Thomas. From c. 1918 until his death in 1935, Ellis worked as an electrical contractor (briefly partnering with Harry W. Beck in business as Ellis & Beck, Electrical Contractors, 12 Metcalfe Street, St. Thomas, c. 1920), electrician and (from c. 1927) proprietor of an electrical repair business at 1 White St., St. Thomas. He married Louise B. Ellis c. 1927. Ellis died February 6, 1935 and was buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Part of the collection of the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, under accession number B.d.2 Transferred to the Archives from the Elgin County Museum in March, 2007.
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Fonds consists of photographs taken and/or collected by Calvin Winslow Ellis, St Thomas, Ontario, perhaps in his capacity as a member of the St. Thomas Camera Club. Fonds includes portraits and other images of Ellis' friends and family; landscape photographs showing various picturesque locations, primarily in Elgin County but also in the vicinity of Niagara Falls, Elora, Delhi and Elmira, Ontario; numerous images of civic buildings, public infrastructure, businesses, bridges, streets and private residences in and around St. Thomas, Ontario; several images documenting the property and activities of various railway companies, including the London and Port Stanley Railway Company, the Michigan Central Railway and the Pere Marquette Railway; several images featuring early automobiles; and numerous images showing various locations in and around Port Stanley, Ontario, including the village itself, its harbour, its rail yards, summer cottages, the waterfront, Orchard Beach and Hill Crest.
A black and white photograph of a Michigan Central Railroad train pictured leaving St. Thomas, Ontario in 1904. The train is headed by Locomotive No. 480, an Atlantic type (4-4-2). An unidentified individual is visible walking alongside the tracks.
A black and white photograph of Michigan Central Railroad equipment, including a crane, flat bed car, steam engine and a boxcar. Nine unidentified individuals, presumably railway employees, are pictured.
A black and white photograph of Michigan Central Railroad Locomotive No. 8411, a Pacific type steam engine (4-6-2). Photograph is clipped from a publication and mounted to a section photographic binder page. The engine is pictured in St. Thomas, Ontario.
A black and white photograph of a steamship at an unidentified port, with Michigan Central Railroad equipment pictured at the shore. Many unidentified individuals are pictured, both on the boat and gathered around the steamship.
A black and white photograph of Michigan Central Railroad Locomotive No. 433, a ten-wheeler steam engine (4-6-0). The engine was received in St. Thomas, Ontario on August 26, 1889 and was eventually sent to Detroit, Michigan on June 16, 1905. Two unidentified railway employees are visible in the photograph; one is posing from inside the cab and the other is standing on the exterior of the engine, at the rear of the cab.
A black and white photograph of Michigan Central Railroad Locomotive No. 481 (later renumbered 7911). The locomotive is a ten-wheeler type steam egine (4-6-0). Four unidentified railway employees are pictured posing around the locomotive.