DVD copy of "Memories of Springfield", a film prepared in June 2013 by the Springfield Branch of the Elgin County Library, with sponsorship by the Springfield Lions Club and Springfield Lioness Club and material contributions by the Elgin County Archives. Film duration is 1:15:00. Predominantly filmed interviews with various senior citizens, including Giles Hume, reminiscing about their lives in and around Springfield and about the history of the Village of Springfield. Also includes (final 3-4 minutes) still photographs from the collections of the interviewees and others.
Born in London, Ontario on October 31, 1883, Stanley Lovell joined the London Life Insurance Company in 1899 as an office boy. He eventually rose through the ranks to become the company's Assistant General Manager and Executive Secretary. He died of pneumonia in May of 1935. Lovell was a film enthusiast and took many films of the company's corporate events throughout the late-1920's and early 1930's.
London Life Insurance Company received the film from the Lovell's estate shortly after his death. The film was kept and maintained in the company's unofficial "archive" until such time as it was transferred to London Life Corporate Archives, which was established in 1974.
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This film captures one of London Life's many annual staff picnics which were held in the then-resort town of Port Stanley, Ontario. Filmed by Lovell in the summer of 1931, of interest are shots of the employees and family members arriving in Port Stanley via the London and Port Stanley Railway, and staff partaking in the various amusements and activities of the day such as miniature golf, midway games, races and contests. There are also numerous shots of bathers on Port Stanley's beach, shots of the Stork Club, the Casino, the boardwalk and concessions. All shots taken were principally of London Life staff enjoying themselves.
An additional feature of this film, unrelated to Port Stanley and the staff picnic, is footage that Lovell took of London's Thames Park swimming pool and a London Life baseball game (ca. 1931).
Filmed in 1948 by Rev. Leroy Massecar. Originally shown in the Rodney Town Hall- February 14, 1949.
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People, street scenes from Rodney. Originally filmed on 8 mm reel-to-reel, the film features residents of the area at the time. The film is part of a series of eighty-four villages and towns produced by Rev. Massecar.
The Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit is dedicated to building a healthy community by promoting and supporting the health of the people who live, work and play in Elgin County through the delivery of effective public health programs and services. The Health Unit is a public body funded by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, the County of Elgin, and the City of St. Thomas.
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Video promotes healthy eating through a description of recipes. Scenes taken from local restaurants, including Port Stanley.
With host Carolyn Cameron, this installment of the "People and Places" series is a panel discussion on the situation of the Bobier Convalescent Home in Dutton, Ontario, including panelists Pat Vandevenne (Director of Nursing, Elgin County Homes); Leta West (Chairperson, "Caring for Seniors"); and Nancy Hunter (Activity Director, Bobier Home). The focus of the discussion is on the need for and fundraising efforts to support the construction of a new long-term care facility for senior citizens to replace the Bobier Convalescent Home in Dutton, Ontario.
Intertitles read: A Bitsy Grant spin [from inside aircraft]; [Aylmer Service Flying Training School? Base from air in slow motion, drill]; L.A.C. Wigston of Whitby gets his wings and commission; [4 children] Ray, Marion, Bill & Ralph; Hector and Ajaz [dogs] arrive at Stonehaven via WACO CF-BDP; [Short shot of downtown Toronto from air]; Christening Service at Officers' Mess [women & children, families, religious service]; Wedding at the hostess house; [Flying over airfield, dark, family & airplane at Stonehaven]
Interfiles read: I.G.'s Inspection [Service Flying Training School, Aylmer]; Martin house [birds]; [R.C.A.F. aircraft]; The Earl of Athlone, Governor-General, and Princess Alice visit No. 14 S.F.T.S., June 13, 1942 [brief footage of the G.G.'s party exiting Mess Hall & group pose]; Wings Parade, Course 49, and Muskoka [on dock]; [Baseball, base buildings, officers' quarters, playing cards]; No. 14 S.F.T.S. Aylmer; A.V.M. G.O. Johnston visits Aylmer [handing out commissions]; [Base from air]; Kay and Norm borrow John David Eaton's Beechcraft for its last flight before gas rationing. Refuelling at Sunnyside Isle en route to Memquisit Lodge, Sept. 13, 1942 [Indian children, large fish caught, shoreline & fauna, sawmill]; Aylmer snow [snowblower on base]
Intertitles read: June 1941, No. 14, S.F.T.S.; Opening Day, Aug. 2, 1941 [maneuvers from air, close-ups and slow motion of Harvard Tariners, shots of crowd, grounds, etc.]; Our first forced landing by LAC Wollcatt, magician from New York [close-ups and slow-mo of planes]; LAC Forcey the first to join the caterpillar club [crash in an orchard]; Just a ground loop [accident - prop shortened, being towed in, slow motion of landing, Spitfire aircraft]; Lots of Harvards - all brand new; F/L Hank Langford, our original adjutant, leaves for Ottawa [in back of Harvard]; LAC Reynolds walked out of this night crash [very messy]; First Winds parade, Oct. 24, 1941; P/O Wigston visits Whitby on embarkation leave; Aussie's forced landing [crash]; F/L Lloyd Scott, C.T.O. and F/L Jimmie Wright, A.O.; Airmen's Christmas Dinner, 1941; New Years dance, Officer's Mess; Aussies take up skating [lots of falling down] and sculptering [snow sculpture of armless but not bosomless Venus]; A ride with Bitsy Grant [aerial maneuvers from inside aircraft]; I.G.'s inspection, May 29, 1942; One of Mr. White's beaver [in pond]; Purple Martens [at Stonehaven, Airman holding owl, field oif aircraft, base shots]; The Earl of Athlone and Princess Alice visit the school, June 13, 1942; New Zealand graduates do a War Dance [in R.C.A.F. uniforms]; [Mosquito bomber?]; C/O and Adjutant, S/L Lee; Administrative Officer, F/L W.F. Hendershot; Chief Instructor, W/C Overbury; O/C #1 Squadron, S/L Weaver, O/C S/L Southam, O/C A Flight, F/L Cain, O/C B Flight, F/L A.H. Sims, F/O Clark; O/C C Flight, F/L Reid; O/C D Fligh, F/L McLeod; O/C E flight, F/L James; O/C F Flight, F/L Quint; Chief Technical Officer, F/L Lloyd Scott and his assistant, F/L Moody; Results of a pick-a-back landing [accident]; Work Shop; Cpl. Lock, I/C Workshop; Link Trainer Flight; O/C Link Trainer, F/L Charles Lawie [scenes inside trainer, control panel, Trainers]; R.C.A.F. Works, Engineering Dept. [Earth - moving men and equipment]; S/L Tom Moreton, Equipment Officer; F/L Freddie Green, O/C R1 [aircraft maneuvers in slow motion, close-up of crew, from other aircraft]; The Hen house [& staff, inside large aircraft & Harvard, base from overhead]; Some views of Aylmer, Airmen's kitchen and Wings Party Dinner; Aylmer snow [clearing with blower]; Flood on No. 1 runway [Buick plowing through with spray of water]; Air Marshall William Avery Bishop, V.C., C.B., D.S.O. and Bar, M.C., D.F.C., LL.D, Legion of Honour, Croix de Guerre, presents Pilots wings, May 14, 1943; F/O George Beurling, D.F.C., D.F.M.visits Aylmer, March 12, 1943.
A U.S. History Television series 'Modern Marvels' episode on Taxidermy. The program profiles aspects of historic taxidermy, including work completed on Jumbo the Elephant who was killed in St. Thomas in September 1885. The program profiles the work of Carl Akeley who was sent by leading taxidermist Henry Ward of New York to salvage the remains. Photographs from the Elgin County Archives' Scott Studio fonds were used and are credited in the program. Program first aired in the United States on March 9, 2005.
Interview with Mr. Bob Moore, former County Engineer and Road Superintendant. Mr. Moore was hired by Elgin County in January of 1957 as the first full-time engineer employed by the County. Mr. Moore discusses his career with the county which spanned nearly 40 years. Includes the following topics: development of the County road system, road and bridge projects, County buildings, County geography and County Councillors and staff.
The interview was conducted by Elgin County Archivist Brian Masschaele.