CHARLES DOBIE :
LOCAL HISTORY

Updated December 1, 2017.
Today's date is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

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JUST PLAIN BILL . . . . Lifelong Eastern Ontario resident Bill Robertson has published Just Plain Bill, a 163-page memoir that covers his growing up during the Great Depression and his life-long career with Canadian Pacific Rail. His postings included Cobourg, Sharbot Lake, Kingston, Peterborough, Lindsay, and Medonte . . . . click here to read more.

Fatal Duel book cover

DUEL . . . . Much has been written about the fatal duel between John Wilson and Robert Lyon that took place in Perth, Ontario, June 13, 1833. Much has been written -- but apparently not all has been revealed. Author David Mulholland claims to have uncovered an account written fifty years after the duel. It was written at the request of John Watson, a Professor of Moral and Mental Philosophy (Psychology) at Queen's University in Kingston . . . . click here to read more.


PHOTOGRAPHS, MOSTLY OF EASTERN ONTARIO

The items below consist mostly of photographs, documents and objects I've come across in my research and in rooting through flea markets. I assume that most of them relate to Eastern Ontario or upstate New York. I welcome submissions from anyone of scans of relevant photographs or documents, etc.

Anyone discovering ancestors in these photographs ("for sale" section only) please email me, as you can have them for my cost plus postage.

But now there's a problem -- since I first posted these photos I've moved twice, and the photos have ended up in one of 200-plus boxes of books in storage. So although my intentions are in the right place, the photos aren't.

I've also imposed the following limitations:


THESE PHOTOS ARE FOR SALE, BUT . . . .

(See the grey box above for details)


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THESE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN SOLD OR DONATED

(See the grey box above for details)


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LANARK COUNTY, ONTARIO.

DOBIE & DOBBIE FAMILIES OF LANARK COUNTY :
  • These are links to my genealogy website and to the LCGS website. Pages will be displayed in a new browser window.
  • Disjunction Certificate, John DOBIE & Mary BARBER. Document written in Tortherwald, DFS, SCT., 1820. They first settled in Lanark County, Ont., then where did they go?
  • DOBIE-SMITH Bible This family first settled in Lanark County, Ontario, then moved on to Chesley, Bruce County, Ont. Surnames: Dobie, Elliot, Graham, Halliday, Holliday, Houston, Knox, Livingston, Mair, Mclellan, Newell, Smith, Tatlock, Walls. This link is to the Lanark County Genealogical Society website.
  • DOBBIE Families of Lanark County My research notes. Mostly taken from the Perth Courier.
  • Photo of Hannah DOBBIE of Lanark County, Ont., and her daughter Theressa McGonegal, circa 1930.
ELPHIN, LANARK COUNTY, ONTARIO :
IZATT FAMILY PHOTOS -- ELPHIN ONTARIO & SOURIS MANITOBA :

This photo collection is now in the Lanark County Archives.

  • Izzat photo121 Photos, only a few identified. This collection of photographs was found in an old suitcase in the landfill at the McDonalds Corners municipal dump. Many of the photo locations are farms and other rural areas, and except in a couple of cases, not enough background is shown to identify their location. Some photos show town or city houses, and in one case, what seems to be a large city school. One photo almost certainly was taken in downtown McDonalds Corners, Ontario, and another is of a class at the Elphin school. I'll need your help to identify the others. Studio photos were taken in Perth and Brockville, Ontario, while others were taken in Manitoba at studios in Brandon and Winnipeg, and yet another is from "Irvine" with no state or province given. In addition, a photo booklet, "The Town Of Souris", was found with the photos. Only a few people are identified; they are: Lyle Keith Bulloch, Essie and Meda Caldwell (identified as being from Watsons Corners), Robert Carmichael, Robert John Ferguson, John Fletcher (photo taken in Irvine), Mrs. Allan Izatt, and Mary Rae Kellie. This collection presents a fascinating puzzle -- about the only thing that can be assumed is that the people shown here are connected in some way to the Izatt family -- relatives, friends or neighbours.
    Click here to see the menu of photos.
  • IZATT notes and facts. Information gathered on this family since posting the photo collection above. The connection between these Izatts and two families in Souris and Reston Manitoba has now been made clear. Surnames so far are: Allen, Bulloch, Caldwell, Ferguson, Izatt, Millar, O'Connor, Pudd, Ranger.
MAXWELL & ROBERTSON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS :
  • A collection of photos with descendant lists. The Maxwell and Robertson families arrived in Lanark County, Ontario, circa 1820, and had at least two marriages between them. One branch left Lanark County about 1880 and settled in Snowflake, Manitoba. Other family members spread throughout North America, and as far away as Mexico.
    If you click on a surname link above, a descendant list will be displayed with links to photos of specific people. Or you can see a menu of the photos arranged by family.
    I'm still working on this collection and will update it with more photos after some questions have been resolved.
    Many thanks to Craig Maxwell for the photos -- Craig, your email address no longer works -- and to for updated info on the two families.
  • Letter from James and Margaret Robertson to Alexander Pringle. This letter was written from Lanark Ontario in 1845 to their nephew Alexander Pringle in Cobourg Ontario.
McFARLANE FAMILY : SCOTLAND TO LANARK : 1821 JOURNAL & 1829 LETTER
  • These two documents are in the collection of the Metro Toronto Reference Library, and can be found in the Baldwin Room, indexed under "Lanark County" and "McFarlane, John." Both documents were microfilmed in 1941, but the film is unreadable, being almost completely black. Luckily, the original documents had been photocopied, and the library staff were able to copy the original photocopies for me. Both journal and letter are extremely fragile. I transcribed the two documents several years ago for the Lanark County Genealogy Society website, but their website ran out of storage space so they weren't used. I discovered the files on an old backup CD, so here they are.
  • The Journal of John McFARLANE, 1821. Sailing from Geenock on May 19, 1821, this family endured many hardships by the time they started clearing their land near Lanark Village in August.
  • Letter from John McFARLANE Sr. to his son John, 1829. His son John being the writer of the journal above. John Sr. was left behind in Scotland and has mostly woeful news for his son.
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  • DESCENDANTS OF JOHN McFARLANE
  • Ancestors Of The McFarlane Family In Lanark Township. This document by Linda Horyn traces the descendants of John McFarlane, Sr. (father of the journal writer and author of the letter above).
NORTH ELMSLEY VOTERS' LISTS
PRENTICE, McLEAN FAMILY OF LANARK -- PHOTOS & HISTORIES :
  • Many thanks to Kathleen Anne Palmer-O'Neil for this series of histories and photos of her family. They are arranged roughly in chronological order by generation.
  • Marion Umpherson Prentice, a short history. Marion, who married James Prentice in 1874, was Kathleen Anne Palmer-O'Neil's great-grandmother. After being widowed in 1880, she was a seamstress in Lanark Village from about 1890 until her death in 1918. Surnames mentioned: Manion, McCargan / McCargar, Cohen, McLean, Molyneaux, Pepper, Prentice, Rice, Umpherson, Umpherston, Waddell.
  • James Lorne Prentice, cheesemaker. James (1879-1951) was the son of James Prentice and Marion Umpherson Prentice (item above). He was a Lanark County cheesemaker and worked for many years at Balderson Cheese. Surnames mentioned: Closs, Crandall, Darou, Graham, Gunn, McLean, Molyneaux, Palmer, Pate, Prentice, Umpherson.
  • James McLean, Lanark Village tailor. James (1871-1940) was the husband of Agnes Kathleen Prentice, daughter of James Prentice and Marion Umpherson Prentice. Surnames mentioned: Baker, Campbell, Crain, Gunn, McFadden, McLean, McVean, Molyneaux, Paul, Prentice, Scott, Umpherson.
  • Marion Kathleen McLean and Mary Dunnett. Marion (1903-1996) was the daughter of Agnes Kathleen Prentice and James McLean (item above). She had a children's clothing store in Perth for many years, and lived with her partner Mary Dunnett. Surnames mentioned: Bush, Dunnett, McBride, McLean, Prentice.
  • More Prentice photographs. Four photos which wouldn't fit into the short histories above. Surnames are: Graham, Molyneaux, Prentice.
  • Lanark Township people, 27 photos. There are two large group photos, one with 33 women and girls, the other with mostly children and teens. The others are mostly studio portraits and family groups. Nobody is identified but they are associated in some way with the following families: Closs, Easton, Fleming, Gibson, Graham, Gunn, McKinlay, McLean, Molyneaux, Paul, Prentice, Rankin, Umpherson.

PURDON FAMILY PHOTOS & HISTORIES :
1918 DIRECTORY OF RURAL PROPERTY OWNERS

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FRONTENAC COUNTY
and
RENFREW COUNTY


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LEEDS & GRENVILLE UNITED COUNTIES


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CARLETON COUNTY

ASHBURY COLLEGE, OTTAWA, ONT. :
  • Group photo taken 1911. Included are the names written on the back of the photo. Two versions of the photo are shown -- size-as and very much enlarged of the students only -- plus a scan of the names written on the back. The names have been expanded through information received from an Ashbury College researcher. First names have been given to most of the boys and those who were killed in World War I are shown.
  • Probably Ashbury College. A group of about 60 men and boys of all ages, with the younger ones dressed for racing or other sport. Photo taken c.1900, in front of a building with a distinctive design on the doors. Can anyone identify the location for certain? Note the teacher holding a hand-gun! He is one of two teachers who are probably in the photo above which is definitely of Ashbury College.
  • JACKSON Homestead at 212 Springfield Road, later sold to Ashbury College. Fifteen people are gathered on the verandah.

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UNITED COUNTIES OF STORMONT, DUNDAS & GLENGARRY.
also RUSSELL COUNTY


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LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY


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ELGIN COUNTY


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DUFFERIN COUNTY


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HALTON COUNTY


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PEEL COUNTY

Many thanks to Laraine Maltby Smith for most of these class photos.
Other contributors are credited in the item description.


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SIMCOE COUNTY

Taylor Kennedy -- please contact me with your new email address.


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TORONTO


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WELLAND COUNTY

There is a large collection of photographs of mostly Eastern Ont. people and places on the
Lanark County Genealogical Society "Mostly Photos" page.
also see
the Lanark County GenWeb "Pictures" page.



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NORTHERN ONTARIO

1930's to 1940's PHOTO ALBUM : NORTHERN ONTARIO and NOVA SCOTIA

2017 This photograph album was found in a Toronto bookstore in the mid or late 1980's. The photos span about 15 years -- the first 30 pages were taken at Cassumit Lake (about 120 km north-west of Red Lake) in northern Ontario, and record the construction of one or more mines there and the transfer of heavy equipment to them by aircraft. Subsequent pages seem to consist of photos of friends and/or relatives of the album's owner and range from Ontario and Winnipeg to Nova Scotia, with one photo seeming to be of a mountain town (in Alberta or BC?).

Photos of aircraft with the following registration numbers were taken at Cassumit Lake: CF-AAT, CF-ABK, CF-AQW, CF-ARM, CF-AWV.

The following locations are identified: Cassumit Lake (ON), Deep Brook (NS), Dobie Townsite (ON), Halifax, Hatt Cove (NS), Kenogami (ON), Kerr Addison (ON), Temagami (ON), Winnipeg -- but most of the photos have no location given.

The following names are identified: Donnie Baird; Briden; Nancy & Brian Buckles or Bucklis or Buckus; the Cassidy Children; Peter & David Chillas; Allyn, Nancy & Tommy Clarke; Connors; Mary Cooks; Ann Cooks; Jane Dewar & sister; May deWitt; Mrs Gaudore or Gadaure; the Goddards; Janet Goodman; Heather Jakeman; Mrs Matthews; Miss McAlpine; Mary McDonald; Miss McMillan; Peter McPeak; Keltie Munroe; Miss Penton; Eleanor Perkins; Charlie Putnam; Belle Roberts; Carol Simm; Bill Smitheringale; Frankie Stanley; Tyrrell; Patsy Webster; Williams; Peter, Grace & Charlotte Woodbury. Note that there are more people identified only by their given name or by initials. (Revised February 1, 2017)


ATIKOKAN, STEEP ROCK IRON MINES, CALAND ORE & SAPAWE, ONTARIO : MOSTLY PHOTOGRAPHS
  • 2017 See Atikokan on Google Maps. Atikokan is in northwestern Ontario, about 200 km. west of Thunder Bay and 150 km east of Fort Frances, and Sapawe is a small village on the railroad about 10 miles east of Atikokan. We moved to Atikokan in January of 1953, when the town's reason for being was Steep Rock Iron Mines, which was operating the world's largest open pit iron mine, and Caland Ore, which was mining a separate part of the same orebody. At its height in the 1960's, three mines produced millions of tons of iron ore annually. I was there until I left high school to join the Canadian Navy in the fall of 1960. The mines have long since closed but Atikokan survives, successfully marketing itself as "The Canoeing Capital of Canada". Noteworthy here is a large and growing collection of school class photos. In fact, it grew so large that it now has its own website. Click here to view atikokanhistory.org. (Updated November 17, 2017)
HEARST & COCHRANE ONTARIO : ARTICLES BY ERNIE BIES.
  • Ernie Bies currently lives in Ottawa. He was brought up in the tiny Slovak community of Bradlo, about 10km south of Hearst, Ontario. Most of these articles have been previously published -- mainly in HighGrader Magazine, but also in the Kapus­kasing Northern Times, Kanadsky Slovak, Le Nord, Ottawa Citizen, Egan­ville Leader, Cochrane Times Post, and several others. He is working on a book about the history of Hearst, as well as on a collection of short stories. He complains that he has gathered so much material that he is swamped and hardly knows where to start. These menu items link to ".pdf" files supplied by Ernie. (Section updated June 17, 2017)
  • Remembering My Friend Andy Cowie (1942-2016). Andy was raised in Valentine Creek, just west of Hearst. Illustrated with photos of school classes from Hearst and of Andy's early musical career.
  • Call To Duty, A Story of Courage. The story of Johnny Carrère of Cochrane and his remarkable family.
  • The Hearst Fire, July 1914. Four to five hundred people were made homeless by a forest fire which was fed by piles of brush on the newly-cleared Hearst townsite. Relief trains were sent to rescue them.
  • The Story of Riverside Cemetery, Hearst. First surveyed in 1921, although some people were buried there prior to that. Over 100 grave locations have been lost. With many photos and copies of documents. (Added June 17, 2017)
  • Ernest Louis Tivy, First Principal of Hearst Public School. Other teachers' surnames include: Baird, Graham, Harris, McGregor, Nancekieville, Napper, Nichols, Parkhill, Reid, Washington.
  • Before Jogues it was Stavert. Cultural battles on the Algoma Central Railway -- the naming and re-naming of the Stavert railway station eight miles south of Hearst, in the early 1920's. Previously published in HighGrader and Le Nord (in French).
  • The Wyborn's of Hazel. The Wyborns were a prominent lumbering family in the tiny settlement of Hazel, about three miles west of Hearst. It was re-named Wyborn in 1915 upon the establishment of a post office. Previously published in HighGrader.
  • Lindy, the Happy Eagle. The story of Lindbergh (Lindy) Louttit, a legendary bush pilot in northern Ontario. Previously published in HighGrader, the Cochrane Times Post, and on Canada's History website (former Beaver Magazine).

KEARNS & VIRGINIATOWN ONTARIO : MOSTLY PHOTOGRAPHS,
plus KIRKLAND LAKE ONTARIO HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
  • See Kearns & Virginiatown on Google Maps. Kearns and Virginiatown are two small towns in north-eastern Ontario, situated almost on the Quebec border between Kirkland Lake Ont. and Rouyn Quebec. We (the Dobie family) lived in Virginiatown from about 1943 to about 1947, then made the one-mile move to Kearns where we lived until January 1953. This is a steadily growing collection of photos contributed by website users. In fact, it grew so large that it now has its own website. Click here to view vtownhistory.org. (Updated August 8, 2017)

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CANADIAN MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHS


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ITEMS FROM CANADA BUT OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO

TWO NEWFOUNDLAND GRAVEYARDS :
  • In Newfoundland you are never very far from the dead. Graveyards greet you at the entrance to every village, and memorials can be found on nearly every headland overlooking the sea. I noticed two major differences between graves in Newfoundland and those in Ontario -- many headstones with dates well into the 1970's are the thin, white (limestone?) tablets common a century ago, and which can be seen in any mainland "Pioneer" cemetery. The second thing I noticed was the terrible state of many of the cemeteries -- weed-choked with the stones twisted and tumbling at every angle. Many of the cemeteries are well-kept and neat, but the ruins seem to be a significant minority. These photos were taken in late September or early October, 2005.
  • Keels, Anglican Cemetery. Keels has to be one of the most remote and starkly beautiful villages I've ever seen. Our guidebook said that the earliest graves in this cemetery are dated from the late 1700's.
  • Kings Cove Cemetery. A few kilometers down the road from Keels is the larger village of Kings Cove. It boasts at least two churches and a beautiful harbour. This graveyard, probably the Anglican, is larger and if possible, even more bedraggled than the one in Keels.
The Descendants of WILLIAM REID and MARGARET JANE RAFTER :
  • I found the above-titled book in an Ottawa bookstore several years ago. When I got around to looking at it recently I found a Certificate of Baptism and a colour photo stuck inside. The certificate is self-explanatory, but the photograph needs you to help with identification. Please see below.

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ITEMS FROM OUTSIDE OF CANADA OR FROM UNKNOWN LOCATIONS

MINNESOTA, U.S.A. :
  • My grandmother's family (Long) had lived in Princeton, Minnesota since the late 1860's or so. Her father, Solomon Long, ran a shoe store there. After she married my grandfather (Karl (Charles) Ludvig Carlson) in 1905, she lived with him in various small towns in North Dakota, as well as in Kensington, Minnesota (see the photos in the section below). They and their three children moved back to Princeton in 1922. These are only a few of a large collection of Princeton Minnesota photos I inherited from my mother.
    • Old Whittier Schoolhouse in Princeton, 1890s. Many thanks to Sandra Stark for providing many of the student & staff names. This is identified as my grandmother's (Anna Long) school in Princeton. She was born in 1879, so based on her apparent age in the photo it was taken about 1890. This large group consists of all ages from young children to teenagers and teachers. Can you help to identify people?
    • Three Princeton gals, about 1900. Anna Long, Orpha Saxon and Blanche Byers.
    • Princeton Minnesota graduating class of 1925. Group portraits of the graduating class of Princeton High School. Surnames: Balfanz, Bengston, Bragge, Buckley, Caley, Carlson, Cater, Chapman, Davis, Gates, Gilbertson, Glade, Grow, Hall, Hawley, Homme, Howard, Jump, Kaufert, Keen, Kimbling, Milbrath, Mossman, Oliver, Peterson, Ross, Rusene, Sausser, Scholey, Stanley, Townsend, Wicktor, Young.
    • Princeton High School Class, 1927 to 1930.This is my aunt Cathryn Carlson's high school class. She graduated in 1930, but many of the kids look too young to be graduating. This may be her freshman class, which would make the year about 1927. Can you help to identify people?
    • Princeton High School, The Tiger, 1930 Yearbook. Scans of all but the advertising pages of The Tiger, with transcription of all names. This copy belonged to my aunt Cathryn Carlson and it is full of hand-written inscriptions from many of her friends and teachers.
NORTH DAKOTA, U.S.A. :
  • My mother's family (Carlson) lived in various small towns in North Dakota and Minnesota between 1905 and the 1930's. My grandfather was a miller and later a mill manager so the family moved often. Keeping track of where they lived at different times is difficult and identifying the locations of a large number of photographs is almost impossible. Here are a very few which show outdoor locations. Can you identify where they are? The Carlsons homesteaded near Tolley (see the two "claim shack" photos below) soon after 1905, but eventually moved into Kenmare where my mother was born in 1908. They also lived in Kensington, Minnesota and Crosby, North Dakota at different times, and moved to Princeton, Minnesota in 1922 (see the photos in the section above).

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FAMILY BIBLES


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Do you have photos and/or documents which could be put on this website? Especially of interest are class photos, group photos, voters' lists, etc. from anywhere in Ontario. and we can discuss it.

My postal address: P.O. Box 20095, Perth, ON, Canada. K7H 3M6.

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My Canadian Navy website: rcnhistory.org


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