Three pages from a Chute family bible containing information on births, deaths, and marriages, 1824-1925. These copies were made ca. 1934.
21857a: "Sidney Chute Born Nov. 20th 1824; Hearriet A. Chute Born March 29th 1840; Priscilla Ann Chute Born May 3rd 1861; Abraham Chute Born March 18th 1865; Robert Sidney Chute Born Sept. 30th 1867; Sarah Ann Chute Born June 14th 1869"
21857b: "Alice Levoma Chute Born May 28th 1871; Lillian Chute Born Jan. 13th 1878; Heattie May Chute Born Jan. 1st 1880; Frank Merley Chute Born Oct. 24th 1883; Sidney died March 1904; Harriet died Feb. 8th 1925"
21857c: "Married March 21st 1864 at St. Thomas by Elder D. W. Rowland, Sidney Chute to Miss Hearriet Ann Markle"
Three black and white photographs of Cook family records, 1877-1931:
20596a: "The Family Register of James Cook and Lydia J. Sansome, Married May 15th, 1977"
20596b: "Deaths: James Cook died May 13th, 1920; Lydia Jane Cook died October 6th, 1926; Fanny (Frances Y. Reid) wife of Geo[rge] S. Cook died July 25, 1916"
20596c: "This is to certify that the information herein contained is from a Registration of a Death on file in the ofice of the Registrar-General of Ontario and is certified to be correct. Registration Division: Southwold, County: Elgin. This Certificate is granted under "The Vital Statistics Act," 1919, Sec. 7. Name of Deseased: Lydia Jane Cook; Date of Death: 6 October 1926; Age: 76 years 6 months; Sex: Female; Birthplace: Mosa Trop; Place of Death: Lot 40 S.M.Br.T.Bd.Southwold.Ont.; Place of Burial: Simpson Cemetery; Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Widow; Occupation: Housekeeping; Name of Father: Benjamin Sansome; Maiden Name of Mother; Harriet Edwards; Cause of Death, Primary: Diabetes, Duration: 6 Years, Secondary: Coma, heartfailure, Duration: 4 days; Name and Address of Physician: Dr. J. A. Campbell, St. Thomas, Ont.; Name and Address of Informant: B. Cook, St. Thomas; Relation to Deseased: Son; Name and Address of Undertaker: D. Munro, Shedden, Ont."
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds - GM Amphibious Vehicle file
1 photograph : b&w ; 23 x 15 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.2 x 9 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.3 x 10.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.3 x 8.7 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.3 x 12.6 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.3 x 11.6 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18.5 x 11 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 10.5 cm
4 newspaper clippings
1 verdict of coroner's jury
1 investigation report
Scope and Content
Six black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published January 25, 1983 with captions:
"Discuss Recovery Plans - A General Motors official holds a picture of the test vehicle which sank in Lake Erie Monday while undergoing trials off Port Stanley at Little Beach. One man drowned in the mishap and another was saved from the lake. Looking on is Jeff Wright, one of two contract drivers hired to hook towing cables to the submerged vehicle, which was expected to be hauled from about six metres of water today. This morning divers finally pinpointed the amphibious armored vehicle which has eight wheels and is power in the water by two propellers." (1a)
"Rescue Vehicle - A General Motors amphibious light armored vehicle stands on Little Beach after returning from Lake Erie where it rescued one of two crewman who were testing a new prototype similar to the one shown which sank yesterday at noon. The other crewman died in the mishap. An autopsy is being conducted today at St. Joseph's Hospital, London." (1b)
"Recover Body - A St. Thomas ambulance attendant leads men who recovered the body of a London man from Lake Erie at Orchard Beach in Port Stanley after a GM test vehicle sank yesterday about noon in 1 C. degree water. Another man on the vehicle was rescued by a second vehicle." (1c)
"Lifesavers - An amphibious armored vehicle which was used to rescue an RR 7, St. Thomas man from frigid lake waters yesterday is shown standing on Little Beach, Port Stanley. The vehicle entered the lake after a larger version of this one being tested by GM of London sank during tests. One of two crewmen died. The man recovered safely was wearing a lifejacket. The dead man was not wearing a life jacket when pulled from the lake, according to eyewitnesses at the scene." (1d)
"Press Conference - Cpl. Gord Paterson of St. Thomas OPP gives an impromptu press conference after recovery of the body of a GM employee who drowned Monday while testing a new armored vehicle which sank at Port Stanley." (1e)
"No Motorized Vehicles - The sign denoting Little Beach also carries a smaller sign warning the public that no motorized vehicles are allowed on the beach. However, General Motors Diesel Division in London got special permission from Port Stanley council to test a new amphibious vehicle at the beach. The vehicle sank yesterday causing the death of one of two crewmen. In the background, two youths are shown near where the vehicle entered the water." (1f)
Two black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published January 26, 1983 with caption: "Pulled From Lake - Contract diver Jeff Wright climbs out of the amphibious General Motors test vehicle which was finally pulled from the waters of Lake Erie off Port Stanley about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle sank Monday, claiming the life of one GM employee, and it took most of the day Tuesday to finally haul it out of the chilly lake water. An attempt earlier in the day failed when cables hooked up to the vehicle snapped." (2a) (2b)
Newspaper clippings about the sinking of the amphibious vehicle and the GM inquest.
Verdit of Coroner's Jury for Sheerazali Pirani, who drowned in Lake Erie on January 24, 1983 at noon.
Investigation report from the Canadian Coast Guard regarding the death of Sheerazali Pirani.
Black and white photograph of Joseph A. Dudgeon, d. December 27, 1933, shown in his burial casket. Dudgeon was employed as a watchman with the Michigan Central Railway and lived with his wife Lillian at 15 Talbot Street, St. Thomas.
Two black and white photographs of a display of flowers for the funeral of Ella N. Lewis. Miss Lewis resided at 61 Elgin Street, St. Thomas, and was the daughter of Lyman and Mary Lewis. She passed away on January 13, 1939, and the death was announced in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on January 14, 1939, page 11, C4 and C5.
Studio portrait of Mrs. Laura Ethel McInnes, wife of William T. McInnes, ca. 1937. Mrs. McInnes died on September 28, 1938 at the age of 65, her death was announced in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on September 29, 1938, page 11, C2, and her funeral was held on October 1, 1938. She was the mother of Mrs. W. S. Fullerton, Margaret McInnes, and Laura McInnes, and the grandmother of Warren F. Fullerton.