-Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal Bygone Days feature, and on the Archives flickr site, August 26, 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/28625725964/in/dateposted-public/.
-July 11, 2019: Posted on Facebook
-October 16, 2020: Posted on Facebook
Ken Verrell Collection - Photographs series
1 photograph : b&w ; 23.5 x 35 cm on mat 40 x 51 cm
Scope and Content
Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Elgin County Court House, St. Thomas decorated with Union Jack flags and banners. Shows the scene of the official visit on May 6, 1914 of the Governor General, HRH the Duke of Connaught and his daughter Princess Patricia: their itinerary included a brief stop at the Court House and the corner stone laying ceremony for the new St. Thomas YMCA building on the southeast corner of Talbot and Ross Streets. View is looking southeast and includes the Elgin County Registry Office (during their visit, an oak tree was planted near the Registry Office). Photograph was probably taken from an upper storey window of the house at 5 Wellington Street (northwest corner of Queen and Wellington Streets), owned at the time by William R. Jackson, President of Jacksons Limited jewelers and opticians.
Photograph is mounted on cardboard embossed in the lower right corner with the name of photographer James H. Hopkins, St. Thomas.
Black and white aerial photograph by Ron Nelson, London, Ontario, showing the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) (originally Pere Marquette) Railway turntable, eight-stall roundhouse, shops building, power house and yards on the northeast corner of Elm Street and Wilson Avenue, St. Thomas, ca. 1942. Residences and farm properties on the south side of Elm Street are visible. Pinafore Park and Pinafore Lake are visible in the background, including the Michigan Central Railway pumphouse at the northern end of the lake where it meets Elm Street. The floating diving board in Pinafore Lake is visible. A warehouse at the bottom of the photo is marked with the business name "H.E. Johnson & Son Coal, Coke".
Group photograph of members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, after Canadian New York Central Railroad engineers established a division in Canada. The image was published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on July 5, 1958 accompanied by an article that highlighted the event (see attached PDF).
New York Central Railroad / Michigan Central Railroad engineers posing with a truck labelled with the organization's logo, possibly for use in a parade in St. Thomas, Ontario. Pictured inside cab is Jack Gray; standing at left is Art Mildren (left), engineer, and Jake Scwender, Division Superintendent.
David Meadows, former Assistant Master Mechanic and locomotive engineer for the Michigan Central Railroad in St. Thomas, Ontario, being presented with a 50-year pin for membership with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
Three photographs published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on October 7, 1957, which highlight Rex Smith's work building scale model locomotives in Port Rowan, Ontario. They were published with an article titled "In Days of Switch to Diesel Power, Port Rowan Man Keeps His 3-Inch Guage Railway Running on Steam" (see attached PDF).
Bill Walker arriving in St. Thomas, Ontario from Buffalo, New York, on his last trip on train No. 351, the Empire State Express on March 31, 1970. Walker was an employee of the New York Central Railroad from 1923-1970, a 47-year railway career. Standing below Walker, from left, are W.R. Busby, Road Foreman and Trainmaster, and Max Preston, Rule Examiner and Assistant Trainmaster.