Grand Trunk Railway Locomotive [No. 207?], ca. 1890. The Grand Trunk Railway roundhouse/engine house is in the background. Note the metal figure of an elephant at the front of the train, possibly an allusion to the circus elephant "Jumbo" who was struck and killed by a Grand Trunk Railway locomotive in St. Thomas, September 15, 1885. Note the child standing at the front of the locomotive and the dog on the running board. This image was copied from a newspaper article possibly published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal claiming that this is the train that killed Jumbo. File includes:
Handwritten highlights in St. Thomas newspapers, June to July 1881. Also includes letterhead for the Ontario Provincial Command Ladies' Auxiliary, Canadian Legion. President: Mrs. I. Cameron, 39 Scott Street, St. Thomas.
A brief description of a CN train wreak at Dundas on Christmas night, 1934.
A typed description of instructions for Horse Cars: "When turning corners from one street to another, the horses or mules shall not be driven faster than a walk".
A typed transcription of a Weekly Dispatch article from 1856 relating to a new route opened for conveyance of freight to and from London. The London & Port Stanley Railway will commence carrying passengers and freight on September 25th.
A typed transcription describing the problem of children stealing rides upon the Horse Cars, and the danger this poses to the children, 1883.
A description of the facilities in St. Thomas in 1830. Also, a list of early St. Thomas newspapers. Also, a description of the possibility of the termination of the Liberal newspaper, due to subscribers not paying their subscription money, February 27, 1858.
A typed list of prices for goods, ca. 1860. Goods include shoes, dry goods and teas.
A list of prices for goods in the 1860s. Goods include: butter, lard, cheese, eggs, chickens, potatoes and beef. Mentions the Eakins Manchester House, Brown's, McLean's or Arkell's.
A description of the Dewitt Clinton locomotive.
A description of market price fluctuations and fish prices, 1850.
A history of the Claris Opera House.
An account by Mrs. Jameson, wife of Vice-Chancellor Jameson, first Chancery Judge in Canada, of her visit to St. Thomas in 1837. The account provides an overview of the town, which she describes as "one of the prettiest places I have yet seen".
A description of Daily Lines of Mail Stages, 1856. Provides an overview of the route of Mail Stages, and the overview was prepared by John D. Kiely, Proprietor.
A description of the predecessors of the Wellington Street School: the Classical School, the Grammar School, and the Central School. On the same page is a description of the Moores Tannery: built by Joshua Doan. Joshua Doan was hanged in London after the rebellion.
A description of Robert Carrie's Scotch Warehouse.
A typewritten description of The Waterworks, from the Historical Atlas of Elgin County, 1877. Describes the first public trial of the waterworks on December 16, 1874, and the second trial.
A history of the Grace United Church (a description of landowners of the property, 1816-1848).
The market prices of butter, potatoes, eggs, chickens, geese and turkeys, December 11, 1845.
A Publisher's Complaint from the Canadian Home Journal, July 13, 1877, relating to the fact that six cows broke into a poor printer's garden.
A description of St. Thomas in 1846, from Smith's Canadian Gazetter. Also, an obituary of Samuel Ivor, Tavern keeper, which was published on July 29, 1879.
An announcement from the St. Thomas Journal, April 15, 1879, that work has commenced on the Centre Street Baptist Church. Also, a description of services at the William Street Baptist Church and the Flora Street (later Zion) Baptist Church.
A description of Dr. Walker's California Vinegar Bitters, from the Times, May 1, 1874.
An announcement of a concert to be held in the Opera House. The announcement was published in the Daily Times, December 13, 1882.
An announcement published in the Times, November 24, 1881, regarding the placement and cost of nine new gas lamps (street lighting) which were recently ordered by the City Council to be erected.
An article, "Magnificent Beneficiary", published in the in the Weekly Times, March 26, 1885, relating to a donation of $2000 made by Thomas Williams to pay off the mortgage of $1531 still left on the Thomas Williams Home. The Home was officially opened on October 24, 1882. By a public social (which was covered in the Journal, October 19, 1882).
The Cost of Government, from the Times, November 24, 1881. Lists the salaries of officers. St. Thomas is described as the cheapest conducted city in Canada, insofar as salaried officers are concerned. Lists salary of Police magistrate, City clerk, Treasurer, Assessor-collector, Police force, Engineer, Auditor, and Sanitary inspector.
An announcement in the St. Thomas Standard, February 5, 1846, regarding the ordination and induction of the Reverend John McKinnon in the St. Thomas (now known as Knox) Presbyterian Church.
A description of Rapid Transit, St. Thomas Standard, June 19, 1845. Taken from an ad of "Steamboat Arrangements for 1845". Relates to the steamboat London, which plied between Buffalo and Detroit via Port Stanley, making three rounds trips each week.
A note that Miss Fannie McLean was presented with a gift by her pastor, Rev. F.W. Archibald, on the occasion of her marriage in Knox Church, St. Thomas, October 25, 1887.
A note from the Weekly Times, April 8, 1880 that the members of the Loop Line Rowing Club will commence practicing next week on Pinafore Lake.
An advertisement for baby carriages, sold by J.J. Blackmore, 225 Talbot Street.
A note about the sad condition of the board sidewalks in St. Thomas. Includes the statement: "Wake up councilors and nail down those boards".
A list of people taking part in the program of an unidentified event, June 21, 1898.
Extract from an advertisement for the Martin & Company store, which was located east of New Street. Lists the prices of goods such as socks & stockings, linen towels, feather ticking, caskets, table linens and scotch tweeds.
A note that John Rolph instituted the Talbot Anniversary in 1817. It has been held annually on May 21st ever since.
A biographical note relating to Jabel Robinson.
A list of businesses destroyed or damaged by a fire, published in the Canadian Home Journal, May 9, 1873. Also, a list of articles in the Canadian Home Journal, 1873, relating to The Beaver Fire Company, the opening of the Opera House, and the Waterworks by-law situation.
An item from the Canadian Home Journal, May 2, 1823, from London, Ontario, mentioning that a company has been formed here to manufacture an article similar to India-rubber out of a common Canadian weed by a process discovered by a gentleman of this place.
A listing of furniture business locations can be found in the Canadian Home Journal, May 11, 1873, page 4; business location for the Southern Counties Permanent Building & Savings Society.
A description of a strike at Haggart & Cochrane's foundry, St. Thomas Times, November 22, 1881. A biography of Colonel Talbot, St. Thomas Times, October 27, November 3, November 10, 1881. A description of Ward boundaries, St. Thomas Times, October 22, 1881.
From the St. Thomas Times, September 27, 1885, that extra policemen will be on duty during Fair week.
Brief biographical sketch of Dr. John Henry Wilson, MPP for East Elgin, 1871-1879, MP for 1882-1891.
A note stating that it was resolved that Reverend Griffith is permitted to get the Methodist Episcopal Church (now Central United Church) frescoed on condition that he assume the liability for same.
List of newspaper articles, 1883. List includes item re. tearing down the St. Thomas Church, June 27, 1883; Central Market controversy, contract for iron bridge for the MCR, Times, June 11, 1883.
A note relating to an article in the Southern Counties Journal, March 22, 1887 regarding turning the old Cochrane works into an Opera House.
A note outlining the history of the YMCA 1860-1915.
A note describing the Robertson, Lindsay & Wilcox stores in 1895.
A partial handwritten transcription of an article by Dr. J.H. Coyne in Journal, December 29, 1917: "Village of St. Thomas Came into Existence Hundred Years Ago".
A note regarding the Scott Act, which prohibited the sale of liquor in hotels. The act came into force on May 1, 1886.
A list of references to people in the book "Talbot Regime".
A list of Chisholm family members and their dates of death.
A written transcriptionof two articles published in the St. Thomas Times, September 13, 1881: "Pioneer Pictures: How St. Thomas Got Its Name: A Pioneer House" , "The First Suicide (From the Recollection of Jeronimus Rapelje)".
A list of teacher salaries in 1906.
A photocopy of a February 1934 article: "Cal Ellis, who Owner first Auto Here, in 1900, Is Dead".
A description of the Vickers Express, a rail line that was organized by John J. Vickers in 1854. Includes information about J.O. Kains and the Kains East India House.
A list of names that the Knox Church Memorial Windows are dedicated to.