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Accession Number: 82-022

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Geale-Rogers family fonds. -- 1834-1966. -- 3 m of textual records and related material.

Biography / History

The Honourable Robert Hamilton (1826-1891) was a factor of the Hudson's Bay Company who was stationed at Fort Edmonton. He married Ann (Annie) Seaborn (Seabourne) Miles (born in 1838 at Rupert's House d. 1863). Annie's mother was Elizabeth (Betsy) Sinclair (b. ca. 1805 and d. 1878) and her father was Robert Seaborn Miles Sr. (1795-1870). Like Robert Hamilton, Robert Miles Sr. was a Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company. One of Robert and Annie's sons, Robert Miles Hamilton (1864-1939), married Alice May Barker and resided at "Auburn" in Peterborough, Ontario. Alice's father was the Honourable Samuel Barker, a Conservative Member of Parliament and a barrister.  Alice and Robert Hamilton's children were Miles Beresford Hamilton, Robert Barker Hamilton, Alice Seabourne Hamilton, and S.R. Hamilton (male). Both Beresford and Robert Barker Hamilton served overseas during World War I.  Alice Seabourne Hamilton married Charles Norman Geale.  

Edward Armour Peck, whose papers are also included in this fonds, was the natural father of Arthur Henry Peck and the adoptive father of Charles Norman Geale. Edward Armour Peck was married to Kitty Revel.

Richard Birdsall Rogers was born at Ashburnham in 1857. He was the son  of Robert David Rogers and Elizabeth Birdsall and a grandson of Richard Birdsall. He lived in Ashburnham until 1916 and then moved to "Beechwood Farm" in Douro Township. He was a land surveyor and was appointed Superintending Engineer of the Trent Valley Canal in about 1884. During his time in this office, he built the Peterborough-Lakefield Division and the Simcoe-Balsam Lake Division of the Trent Canal including the Hydraulic Lift Locks at Peterborough and Kirkfield, besides many dams and other works on this canal. Richard married Clara Mina Calcutt of Peterborough in 1881. They had seven children. Their daughter, Leah, married Herbert Geale, the brother of Charles Norman. Two of Richard and Mina's sons, Heber and Harry, served overseas in World War I.

Custodial History

This fonds was previously in the custody of members of the Geale and Rogers families before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the personal and business records of the Geale, Hamilton, Peck, Barker and Rogers families. There are letters relating to World War I written by Beresford and Robert Hamilton and Heber and Harry Rogers; letters, diaries, journals of Richard Birdsall Rogers (superintending engineer of the Peterborough Lift Lock); the records of Hon. Robert Hamilton, a factor at the Hudson's Bay Company stationed at Fort Edmonton. The fonds also contains stereographs, approximately 1000 photographs, and a C.E. Goad fire insurance plan for the city of Peterborough, 1882. Items of interest include a group of photographs of the Trent Valley area and the building of the canal; Rogers family pictures of the Stoney Lake area and the Juniper Island Regatta; photos of early aircraft and the Curtiss Aviation School; photos of hydraulic lift lock at Peterborough; and one letter from Catharine Parr Traill to Robert Miles Hamilton.

Notes

Title based on the donors of the fonds.

Includes ca. 1000 photographs, 112 stereographs, and 1 map : fire insurance plan.

The fonds was donated by Mrs. Seabourne Geale of Peterborough, Ontario and Mr. Jack Rogers of Kingston, Ontario in 1983.

Restrictions: Y. No copying of the Fire Insurance Plan without permission of the University Archivist. No reprinting of the Fire Insurance Plan without the permission of the Underwriter's Association.

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 73-1001 and 83-1017

Glass negatives of some of the photographs are located in Trent Canal Glass Negatives collection (accession 83-009).

The fire insurance plan is located in Map Cabinet - Drawer 7.

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Table of Contents

SERIES A: Geale family papers
Boxes 1 & 2: Geale family
Box 3: Hamilton family
Box 4: Hamilton war letters
Box 5: Peck family
Box 6: Barker family
Box 7: Miscellaneous photographs
Box 8: Stereographs

SERIES B: Rogers family papers
Boxes 9-16

Introduction

This collection of family papers, correspondence, journals, photographs, newspaper clippings and published works spans the years 1834 to 1966 and measures approximately 3 1/2 linear metres. The papers were deposited in Trent University Archives through the courtesy of members of the Geale and Rogers families in 1983.

The papers are divided into two series:

Series A, the Geale family papers, consists of records pertaining to the descendants of the Hon. Robert Hamilton, a factor of the Hudson's Bay Company stationed at Fort Edmonton in northern Manitoba. Robert Hamilton married Annie Seabourne. One of their sons was Robert Miles Hamilton (1864-1939). He married Alice May Barker and resided at "Auburn" in Peterborough, Ontario. Their children were Miles Beresford Hamilton, Robert Barker Hamilton, (Alice) Seabourne Hamilton, and S.R. Hamilton (son). Alice Seabourne Hamilton married Charles Norman Geale. Papers of the Barker family (the Hon. Samuel Barker was Mrs. Robert Miles Hamilton's father) are included in this series as are the papers of the Peck family. Edward Armour Peck was the natural son of Arthur Henry Peck and the adoptive father of Charles Norman Geale. He married Kitty Revell. Both Miles Beresford Hamilton and Robert Barker Hamilton served overseas in the First World War and their correspondence is included in this series.

Series B of this collection consists of the Rogers Papers. Richard Birdsall Rogers was born at Ashburnham in 1857. He lived there until 1916 and then moved to "Beechwood Farm" in Douro Township. He was a land surveyor and was appointed superintendent engineer of the Trent Valley Canal in 1884. Richard married Clara Mina Calcutt of Peterborough in 1881. They had seven children. One daughter, Leah, married Herbert Geale, brother of Charles Norman Geale. Two sons, Heber and Harry served overseas in World War I. Their correspondence is included. R.B. Rogers designed and supervised the building of the hydraulic lift locks at Peterborough and Kirkfield. These papers included several files of plans and specifications for the locks, correspondence and documents accrued during the scandal preceding Rogers' resignation in 1906, the Holgate Report which condemned Rogers and the Keefer investigation which completely vindicated his work as Chief Engineer. We have created a major on-line exhibit focusing on the life and times of Richard Rogers and the Peterborough Lift Lock:

http://www.trentu.ca/library/archives/zrhomepg.htm

SERIES A: Geale family papers

Box 1

Folder:

1: Letters and documents relating to the life and career of Charles Norman Geale (1891-1974). Birth, baptism and marriage certificates, an obituary and press release reporting his death.

2: Letters, documents, a folding map of England, regarding Norman Geale's activities during World War I. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Curtiss Flying School in Toronto (Long Branch). He joined the Royal Naval Air Service overseas in 1915 and the file contains his pilot's flying log book for 1915-1916. The log reveals the precarious nature of early naval flying. There is material on World War II when he became Commanding Officer of the 79th Squadron, Air Cadets.

3: C.N. Geale's thesis for the degree of B.Sc. from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, January 1915. It is entitled The Purification of Public Water Supplies.

4: Letter and documents of Mrs. Alice Seabourne Hamilton Geale, the wife of C.N. Geale. She is the daughter of Robert Miles Hamilton, the granddaughter of the Honourable Robert Hamilton .There is a long letter to her from John A. [ ] on the occasion of her husband's death.

5: Letters, clippings, memorabilia relating to the naval flying career of Robert E.N. Geale, son the Charles Norman Geale.

6: Letters, maps, photographs, clippings, concerning the Geale summer residence, Saint's Rest, on Lake Catchecoma.

Photos List:

1-26 "Saints' Rest", Lake Catchecoma, Buckhorn, c.1900

7: Geale family photographs, several of their residence at 304 Rogers Street, Peterborough. Several also of members of the Rogers family.

Photos List:

27-30 304 Rogers St., Peterborough (house and gardens)

31 "Capt. Rogers" rugby team

32 unidentified

33 Major Robt. Rogers (photo of painting)

34 Edwin Rogers

35 Alfred Rogers

36 Mrs. Mark Burnham

37 "Thorny Bank Cottage"

38 R.B. Rogers At Cobourg, c.1884 (harness racing scene)

39 Peggy Hamilton, Seabourne Geale, Gavin Hamilton, Robt. Hamilton, Robt. Geale (1927)

40 Robert Hamilton, Bobbie Geale, Kittie Geale

41 Alice M. Hamilton, Bob Hamilton, Bob Geale

42 Peggy Gawin & Bob Hamilton, Norman Geale, Bobbie Geale at Port Colborne

43 Alice Mary Hamilton, Bob & Kittie Geale at Port Colborne

44-50 7 photos John Gillies & Alex McNabb

51 Alex Edmison, Leah Rogers Geale,1966

52 Beaver Dam, Trent Canal, Peterborough

8: Miscellaneous papers, maps, clippings pertaining to various members of the Geale family. The will of Benjamin Geale dated August 28, 1821.

9: Map of the Town of Peterborough and Village of Ashburnham, 1896, compiled by Alfred J. Cameron

Box 2

Books:

Daily journal, 1926

Notebook, 1903

Mistress Ann Fowkes (nee Geale), Died Age 82 Years with Some Recollections of Her Family, A.D. 1642-1779. Written by herself. Dublin, William McGee, 1892

Guide for Controlling Erosion

Details of Aerial Bombs

The University Directory of Toronto. Session, 1914-1915

University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Calendar, 1914-1915

HAMILTON FAMILY

Box 3

Folder:

1: Letterbook of Robert Hamilton, fur trader and factor for the Hudson's Bay Company. It covers his activities September 28, 1875 - May 23, 1876 in the service of the Company. Many of the letters on reports to James A. Grahame, Chief Commissioner, H.B.C., at Fort Garry.

2: Genealogy.

3: Petition of Robert B. Hamilton to Lieutenant Governor Sir John Colborne for a grant of land, 1834-1835. Photocopy.

4: Legal papers.

5: Letter, Robert Hamilton, dated June 20,1856, Little Whale River, Manitoba, to his niece Mary Toker. Adventures of the fur trade.

6: Letter, Catharine Parr Traill to Robert Miles Hamilton, October 24, 1894 congratulating him on his marriage to Alice Mary Barker.

7: Letters relating to the estate of Adam Hudspeth, Q.C. (1836-1890) who was Conservative M.P. for South Victoria,1887-1890. Also letters and documents pertaining to the estate of the Honourable Robert Hamilton who died January 15, 1890.

8. Family Photographs:

Photos List:

53 J.W.B. Hamilton

54 Bob Hamilton

55 J.W.B. Hamilton

56 unidentified

57 J.W.B. Hamilton

58 Collingwood, Ontario (1909 postcard)

59 Maxwell George Hamilton

60 unidentified

61 Miles Beresford Hamilton

62 unidentified

63 [Miles Beresford Hamilton]

64 [Miles Beresford Hamilton]

65 Gavin Hamilton

66 unidentified

67 Archie Hamilton

68 unidentified

69 33rd Battery, Kingston 191_

69a unidentified

70 Hamilton - Clouston Family portrait

71 Maxwell & Miles Hamilton

72 Maxwell & Miles Hamilton

73 George Maxwell Hamilton

74 Robert Miles Hamilton

9: Receipts.

10: Miscellaneous material including newspaper clippings. Two letters from his father, Robert Hamilton, and one from his mother Annie to Robert Miles Hamilton at Trinity College School, Port Hope, dated October and November 1880.

HAMILTON WAR LETTERS

Box 4

Folder 1:

Letters from Beresford and Robert Hamilton, July 1915 - June 1916.

- [1915] Undated letter from Miles Beresford Hamilton to his father Robert Miles Hamilton. He has qualified as lieutenant at the Royal Military College and passed his examination at the Royal School of Artillery at Kingston. He is waiting for a posting.

- July 1, 1915 - Beresford to his father asking him to see someone who has influence with Major General Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence, to get him into an overseas battery.

- July 2, 1915 - unsigned letter to General Sam Hughes from the John Carew Lumber Company, Lindsay, recommending that Beresford Hamilton be given a posting.

- Sept. 15, 1915 - Beresford to his parents telling them how he narrowly missed the draft for overseas.

- Nov. - Beresford to his parents. He s now Captain Hamilton of the 33rd Battery.

- Nov. 17, 1915 - Beresford to his parents. Has been training and exercising his men and lecturing to them.

- Dec. 6, 1915 - Orders for overseas duties.

- Dec. 30, 1915 - Telegram from Beresford to his father. He arrived safely at Plymouth on Tuesday.

- Dec. 30, 1915 - Beresford to his parents. His postal address is Ross Barracks, Canadian Artillery Reserve Brigade, Shorncliffe, England.

- Jan. 28, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Comments on British army policy of sending over to the front bunches of officers for two weeks at a time as observers of the front, to gain experience there with the fighting conditions before they are sent over for good.

- Feb. 4, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. On leave in London.

- Feb. 5, 1916 - [Robert Hamilton] to his parents. Written on a train somewhere in Canada.

- Feb. 8, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Still in London staying at the Hotel Cecil on the Strand and sight- seeing.

- Feb. 16, 1916 - Beresford to his parents from Belgium. At the Western Front as observer. Describes trench conditions.

- Feb. 17, 1916 - Beresford to his parents, letter written in a farm house in Belgium. Under fire in a dug-out ona hill as an observer.

- Feb. 18, 1916 - Telegram from Robert Hamilton from Bramshott Camp, England, saying that he has arrived safely.

- Feb. 22, 1916 - Beresford to his parents from Belgium. Comments on general living conditions at the front. Hopes to return to England shortly and come back to the front in the spring when it is not so cold and wet.

- Feb. 23, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Feb. 24, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Feb. 27, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. An artillery attack on German gun emplacements.

- March 8, 1916 - Beresford to his parents from Ross Barracks, Shorncliffe, Kent. Comments on the futility of the war and the deadlock which the opposing armies have encountered.

- March 16, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Enjoys being back in England and has received several invitations for him to stay with them when on leave.

- March 18, 1916 - G. Meredith Huycke in France to Robert congratulating him on joining up.

- March 21, 1916 - Robert to his parents from Bramshott Camp. Has returned from six days leave in London where he went sight-seeing. Has heard from Beresford.

- March 25, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- March 27, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Describes the wedding of one of his friends.

- March 29, 1916 - Robert to his parents. The troops were inspected by Sam Hughes yesterday.

- April 2, 1916 - Beresford to his parents from the Dunstable Signal Depot, R.E., Houghton Regis, Beds. He is on a short course at the Depot.

- April 2, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- April 5, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Activities at the Signal Depot.

- April 8, 1916 - Robert to his parents. Artillery practice. He is meeting Beresford, whom he calls "Ham", in London today.

- April 16, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Comments on the difficulty of recruiting men for the 93rd Battalion,"Peterborough should be thoroughly ashamed." Complains about the monotony of camp life and longs to return to France. Criticizes the management of the war and the lying reports in both German and British newspapers.

- April 23, 1916 - Robert to his parents from Witley Camp. Intensive gunnery practice. Thinks his battery is going to France shortly.

- April 26, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- April 30, 1916 - Beresford to his parents on a typewritten letter. Mentions the rebellion in Ireland.

- May 4, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- May 7, 1916 - Robert to his parents. Has been to Aldershot to collect horses for the battery.

- May 10, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- May 14, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- May 15, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Reports that Jack Dennistoun was killed when his aircraft landed behind enemy lines.

- May 17, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- May 21, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- May 23, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- May 24, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- May 24, 1916 - Robert to his brother,Gavin.

- May 31, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- June 4, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- June 6, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Mentions the Battle of Jutland and the Canadians in the Ypres Salient with heavy casualties.

- June 7, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- June 14, 1916 - Robert to his parents.In London for a long weekend.

- June 19, 1916 - Major D.A. White from the front to Arthur Mills, London, concerning the fact that Lieut. H.S. Matthews of the Artillery is missing. Attached is a letter from Beresford to his parents saying that the general opinion from available evidence is that Matthews was blown up.

- June 24, 1916 - Robert to his parents. Is visiting Beresford at Shorncliffe.

Folder 2:

- July 2, 1916 - Robert to his parents. His unit was inspected by the King yesterday.

- July 5, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Describes a motor trip to Canterbury and Margate.

- July 6, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- July 18, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. The monotony of being on the instructional staff in a training camp.

- July 24, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Aug., 1916 - Robert to his mother, a field service post card.

- Aug. 10, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Aug. 1916 - Robert to his mother, a field service post card.

- Aug. 17, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Aug. 19, 1916 - Robert to Beresford.

- Aug. 19, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Comments on casualties in the33rd Battery which helped recruitment.

- Aug. 22, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Tries to speculate where Robert might be in France at the time.

- Aug. 24, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Aug. 29, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Sept. 4, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Describes an excellent leave in London and Cardiff, South Wales. Also describes a Zeppelin raid in London in which the Zeppelin was shot down.

- Sept. 5, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Sept. 8, 1916 - Robert to his mother, a field service post card.

- Sept. 13, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Sept. 14, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Sept. 17, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Sept. 22, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. He writes enthusiastically about Major General Sam Hughes' ability as Minister of War. He praises the fighting qualities of Canadian Troops at the front.

- Sept. 26, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. He mentions the large casualties sustained in last week's fighting. He comments on a Zeppelin air raid in which two were shot down.

- Sept. 26, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Oct. 2, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Oct. 6, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Has been offered a captaincy in the 4th Division.

- Oct. 1916 - Robert to his mother, a field service post card.

- Oct. 13, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Oct. 14, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Oct. 23, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. The Canadians have had 30,000 casualties since going into action on the Somme.

- Nov. 1916 - Beresford to his parents,written from 58th Battery, 14th Brigade,C.F.A., Whitley Camp, Surrey.

- Nov. 1, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

- Nov. 6, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. He has been appointed second in command of the 58th Howitzer Battery.

- Nov. 12, 1916 - Beresford to his mother.

- Nov. 17, 1916 - Lieutenant Colonel H.G. Carscellan to Gunner Robert Hamilton sending him forms of application for a commission.

- Nov. 20, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. Weekend leave in London.

- Dec. 4, 1916 - Beresford to his parents.

- Dec. 15, 1916 - Robert to his parents, from France.

- Dec. 18, 1916 - Beresford to his parents. All leave has been cancelled.

- Dec. 20, 1916 - Robert to his parents.

Folder 3:

- Jan. 12, 1917 - Beresford to his parents from France. He is now in the 11th Battery, 3rd Brigade, C.F.A.

- Jan. 15, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Very quiet in his section of the front.

- Jan. 17, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Criticizes the thousands of men in Canada who have never left the warmth of home.

- Jan. 29, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Feb. 10, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Feb. 11, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Feb. 27, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Robert has been to visit him.

- March 4, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- March 16, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- March 22, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Complains about the Canadian civilians' lack of understanding about the circumstances under which their men are fighting.

- March 23, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- April 5, 1917 - Robert to his parents.

- April 18, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- April 23, 1917 - Robert to his parents. It is evident that a big Allied push has begun on the front.

- April 29, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. He is now in command of the battery.

- May 13, 1917 - Beresford to his parents, from No.2 Eastern General Hospital, Old Dyke Road, Brighton, Sussex. The Hun began an intensive bombardment of the Arras-Lens railway and his battery and others were pinned down behind an embankment for hours. He went out for a while and as he was returning to his battery the enemy began a gas attack. He had several whiffs of the stuff before being able to get his mask on and it knocked him out. He was sent back to the dressing station and then to Brighton. A graphic description of a gas attack.

- May 14, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Visitors and hospital life.

- May 16-17, 1917 - Officer in Charge Records, Ottawa, telegram to Mrs. R.M.Hamilton informing her of Beresford's wounding.

- May 17, 19197 - Beresford to his parents. Convalescing.

- May 29, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- June 4, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Has had a medical board and is on a month's leave.

- June 18, 1917 - Robert to his parents.

- June 22, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- June 30, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Another medical board. Back to Ross Barracks.

- July 5, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. He is back at Ross Barracks, Shornecliffe.

- July 12, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- July 16, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. He has been posted to Hindhead, Surry, to learn staff work.

- July 22, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Speaks harshly about the French in Quebec.

- July 26, 1917 - Beresford to his father. Wants him to use his influence to have Beresford returned to Canada.

- Aug. 7, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Aug. 30, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. He has heard from Robert who is at the First Army Rest Camp at Etaples for a ten day rest.

- Sept. 5, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Sept. 11, 1917 - Robert to his brothers Gavin and Sam. Robert finally back in England at Clarence House.

- Sept. 13, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Robert has been to visit him.

- Sept. 17, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Robert has returned to France.

- Sept. 19, 1917 - Beresford to his father. Comments on the coming federal election.

- Sept. 21, 1917 - Robert to his parents.

- Sept. 23, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Mentions conscription and the general election.

- Sept. 26, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Air raids on London.

- Oct. 4, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Oct. 5, 1917 - Beresford to his mother.

- Oct. 7, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Oct. 11, 1917 - Beresford to his father.

- Oct. 21, 1917 - Robert to his parents from Belgium.

- Oct. 30, 1917 - E.M. Sercombe? to Miles Hamilton.

- Nov. 1, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Comments on the casualties in his old artillery brigade.

- Nov. 7, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Nov. 10, 1917 - Robert to his parents.

- Nov. 18, 1917 - Robert to his parents.

- Dec. 5, 1917 - Beresford to his sister Seabourne, from Reserve Brigade, C.F.A., Witley Camp, Surrey. Very bitter about the Canadian home front.

- Dec. 14, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. Comments on the federal election results.

- Dec. 15, 1917 - Robert to his parents from France.

- Dec. 16, 1917 - Beresford to his parents. The death of his friend Geoff Hilliard.

- Dec. 21, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Dec. 29, 1917 - Beresford to his parents.

- Dec. 30, 1917 - Beresford to his mother.

Folder 4:

- Jan. 6, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Discusses the Battle of Passchendael.

- Jan. 13, 1918 - Beresford to his mother.

- Jan. 15, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Comments on the tense situation in England and on the Western Front.

- Jan. 18, 1918 - An Overseas Military Forces of Canada Burial Report on the death of Private William F. Hamilton (Uncle Billy) who was killed in a bus accident Dec. 13, 1917.

- Jan. 21, 1918 - Robert to his parents.

- Feb. 5, 1918 - Robert, probably to his parents.

- Feb. 8, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Has been told that he can return to France.

- Feb. 22, 1918 - [ ] Lewis to Mr.[Miles] Hamilton from England regarding the death of his friend William F. Hamilton.

- Feb. 26, 1918 - Beresford to his parents, from France. There was no vacancy in his old brigade so he was sent to Trench Mortar Brigade, 4th Canadian Divisional Artillery, B.E.F.,France.

- March 8, 1918 - Beresford to his parents.

- March 23, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Robert has been at a casualty clearing station for a month with a bad eye infection.

- March 27, 1918 - Robert to his parents. Is in no.83 General Hospital, France.

- March 31, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Is out of the front for a rest.

- April 2, 1918 - Beresford to his parents.

- April 18, 1918 - Beresford to his father. Enjoys trench mortar work very much.

- April 26, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Has received a slight wound on his left hand. Internal politics of a fighting unit.

- May 18, 1918 - Robert to his parents.

- May 25, 1918 - Beresford to his parents.

- May 27, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Has reverted to the rank of lieutenant in order to remain in France.

- June, 1918 - Beresford to his parents.Is in hospital with lumbago.

- June, 1918 - Beresford to his parents. Still in 20th General Hospital, B.E.F., with back trouble.

- June 29, 1918 - Beresford to his parents., from Canadian General Base Depot.

- July 19, 1918 - Beresford, a cable home from a London hospital.

- July 20, 1918 - Beresford to his parents, from Royal Free Hospital,London.

- Aug. 10, 1918 - Beresford to his parents, from Derbyshire. Complains about his treatment by the doctors in the hospital.

- Aug. 27, 1918 - Beresford to his parents, from Belfast, Ireland. Is on leave in Ireland.

- Sept. 1918 - Beresford to his parents, from Witley. Comments on the frightfulness of the casualties.

- Sept. 14, 1918 - Robert to his parents.

- Sept. 29, 1918 - Beresford to his parents.

- Nov. 18, 1918 - Robert to his parents from Belgium. Talks about the victory and the peace and reactions of the Belgians to the Canadians.

- Nov. 25, 1918 - Beresford to his parents.

- Dec. 18, 1918 - Robert to his parents.

- Jan. 29, 1919 - Robert to his parents.

- Feb. 6, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- Feb. 19, 1919 - Beresford to his parents. Riots at Witley Camp.

- March 7, 1919 - Beresford to his parents. Riots by the troops in England.

- April 8, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- April 12, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- April 21, 1919 - Beresford to his parents. Robert has arrived home in Canada and has been discharged from the army. Comments on the American Army unfavourably.

- May 4, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- May 6, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- May 21, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- June 5, 1919 - Beresford to his parents.

- June 17, 1919 - Beresford to his parents. Riots at Witley Camp.

Folder 5:

Post-war miscellaneous letters.

Box 5

Folder:

1: Genealogical papers including a genealogical table relating to the Peck and Armour families.

2: Miscellaneous family correspondence,some of it relating to the early legal career of Edward Armour Peck (1858-1947).

3: Newspaper clipping concerning the political career of Edward A. Peck. Mr.Peck was a Peterborough County Councillor, 1898-1904 and Warden in 1904. In 1911, he was elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly as Conservative member for Peterborough. He was not a candidate in 1914. Mr. Peck was elected to the House of Commons for Peterborough West in 1925 and re- elected 1926, 1930. He sat until the dissolution of the 17th Parliament but was not a candidate in the 1935 election.

4: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings. Some deal with the death and funeral of Edward Armour Peck. There is also material on the Rev. Samuel Armour, first rector of St.John's Anglican Church, Peterborough.

5: Legal documents relating to the estate of Edward Armour Peck.

6: Miscellaneous family papers. Includes some sheet music composed by Mrs. Kittie (Kitty) Revell Peck.

7: Two autograph albums.

8: Family Photographs:

Photos List:

75 304 Rogers St., Peterborough

76 E.A. Peck & unidentified man

77 unidentified

78 Kitty Geale, 1929 & unidentified man

79 Mary Armour Peck

80 Mr. Armour

81 Ed. Armour Peck

82 Carrie [ ]

83 E.A. Peck

84 unidentified

85 E.A. Peck and two others, Temagami,c.1921

86 Maria Ellen Revell (ie. Kitty Revell Peck)

87 John Henry Peck

88 Anne Sweeney, Kittie (Kitty) Revell Peck (Mrs. Edward Armour Peck), Miss Faulkner, Edward Armour Peck, taken at 304 Rogers St., Ashburnham

89 Inn sign, Norwich, England

90 Revell - Peck family portrait, Vanity Fair Camp, 1880

91 Jollification Camp, 1879

92 Peck - Geale - Rogers family photo taken at 304 Rogers St., Peterborough

93 similar to above

94 Picnic in the woods

95 Copy photograph of Kitty Revell

96 duplicate of above

9: Family Photographs (cont'd)

97 Miniature in case (daguerreotype), of Kitty Revell

98 Miniature in case (daguerreotype), of Kitty Revell

99 Negative of tombstone

100 unidentified woman

101 Charles Logan

102 Charles and Gordon Logan

103 unidentified country home or inn [Gage Homestead, Battlefield Park, Stoney Creek, Ontario]

104 Herbert and Norman Geale, 1900

105 Gordon and Dick Mudge, 1912

106 Peck family photo

107 Edward Armour Peck

108 unidentified man

109 unidentified

110 Edward Armour Peck, Mrs. Hamilton, Kitty & Bobby

111 unidentified woman [Kitty Peck?]

112 Arthur Henry Peck

113 John Wolford Peck (photograph of pencil sketch)

113a unidentified

114 Henrietta Peck

115 Henrietta Peck

116 [Kitty Peck]

117 [E.A. Peck and Kitty Peck]

118 Mrs. Mark Burnham, Kittie Revell Peck, Florence Revell

119 Nellie Peck and E.A. Peck

120 Caroline Peck

121 Helen McNabb & friend, 1877

122 Helen McNabb, Kittie (Kitty) Revell, Addie Calcutt

123 Kittie (Kitty) Revell, Helen McNabb

124 Emilie McNabb, 1879

125 Emilie McNabb

10: Two photographs. Photos List:

127 A framed photo portrait of Edward Armour Peck.

126 An excellent photograph done by R.M. Roy of the Peterborough County Council and Officials, 1898, Mr. Peck's copy presented to him "with the compliments of J.B. Pearce, Warden".

BARKER FAMILY

Box 6

Folder:

1: Genealogical papers, including a table, of the Barker family.

2: Miscellaneous family correspondence, mainly of the 1860's. Letters from George to Samuel Barker concerning the affairs of his photography shop in Niagara Falls. In a couple of letters the Fenian activities are mentioned. Letters from cousins in Nottingham,England, in which family relationships are discussed. Letters of condolence to Mrs. Helen Barker, 1915, concerning the death of her husband, the Honourable Samuel Barker.

3: Legal documents relating to the estates of several members of the Barker family.

4: Miscellaneous family papers. Includes diary for 1874 kept by Isabella Barker.

5: Newspaper clippings mainly relating to the career and death of the Honourable Samuel Barker (1839-1915). Samuel Barker was called to the bar in 1861. He became an alderman of London, Ontario in 1871 and was a member of Hamilton City Council for several years. He was twice President of Hamilton Board of Trade. In 1900, he was elected to the House of Commons as Conservative member for Hamilton. He was re-elected for Hamilton East in 1904, 1908, 1911 and was made a member of the Privy Council Dec. 31, 1912. He died while still a member, June 26, 1915 in Hamilton.

6. Barker family photographs: Photos List:

127(x2) unidentified woman

128 3 unidentified children

129 2 unidentified girls

130 C.G. Barker

131 Harold Pennefather wedding picture,1939

132 Harold Pennefather group

133 Israel Pennefather

134 Charles & Edward Pennefather, 1928

135 Pennefather family group

136 Harold Pennefather wedding picture,1939

137 unidentified group

138 Pennefather children

139 Peck - Geale family group

140 Barton family

141 "Bellevue" Hamilton, Ontario

142 "Bellevue" Hamilton, Ontario

143 unidentified man

144 Thomas Garton

145 Francis Barker & friend

146 Isabella Cruickshank Barker

147 Isabella Cruickshank Barker

148 Helen Cruickshank Barker & Edith Barker at "Bellevue", 1889

149 unidentified

Box 7

One record storage box containing photographs both loose and in albums; clippings; pictures and negatives:

Photos List:

# 150 Eastbourne, Oct. 1917, Officers portrait

# 151 Rowers group picture

Album #1 Photographs of C. Norman Geale, R.N.A.S. and R.A.F. Camp photos of W.W.I era. Excellent fight training and aircraft photos

Album #2 C. Norman Geale, Lawton Avenue, Toronto, 1911 - pictures of Geale and his family at Toronto and in Peterborough

Album #3 Series of photos of Catchacoma Hunt Club

Album #4 Many photos removed; most are of Burnham residence, Peterborough and of Stoney Lake; Lift Lock photo; log drive (album also includes photos of S.S. Stoney Lake, S.S. Water Lily, S.S. Empress, S.S. Islinda, S.S. North Star, S.S. City of Peterborough, Juniper Island, Peterborough (Water Street and Hunter Street) Post Office, "Alligator," S.S. City of Peterborough going through Lift Lock (Rogers family)

Album #5 Kawartha Park, Stoney Lake, 1906-1910; PCI Hockey team, 1908-1909; Viamede, 1909; Juniper Island Regatta photos; 3rd Prince of Wales Canadian; Dragoons camp at Petawawa, 1911; Lac Tremblant, Quebec, 1910

Album #6 Geale photos of Curtiss Aviation School, Long Branch, Toronto, 1915; excellent photos of early aircraft; photos of Royal Air Service at Chingford, 1915

Folder 1:

Photos List:

152 unidentified group portrait

153 unidentified group portrait

154 Theatrical group

155 R.N.V.R.(Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve) portrait

156 R.N.V.R. portrait

157 R.N.V.R. portrait

158 unidentified child

159 unidentified woman in CWAF (Canadian Women's Air Force) uniform

160 David Geale

161 Harold & Beverley Geale, 1924

162 Beverley Geale

163 unidentified woman & child

164 unidentified woman & child

165 unidentified woman & child

166 Mrs. C.H. Geale Sr. & son Harold

167 Judith Geale Cabritta, Mrs. H.J.Geale and Jose Cabritta, 1960

168 Audrey & Beverley Geale, 1935

169 Audrey & Beverley Geale

170 unidentified man

171 unidentified man & dog

172 R.N.A.S. (Royal Naval Air Service), 1917, group photo

173 unidentified child

174 packet of unidentified negatives

Folder 2:

175 Bob Geale

176 Bob Geale, 1933

177 unidentified

178 4 Geale children

179 Bob Geale

180 Norman Geale & family

181 Bob Geale

182 Peggy Hamilton, Bob Geale

183 Seabourne Geale, 1962

184 Geale children, 1936

185 Seabourne Geale & Bob Geale, 1926

186 Bob Geale

187 Bob Geale

187(#2) Miss Francis Barker, Edward Armour Peck, Kittie (Kitty) & Bob Geale

187a Bob Geale

188 Norman Geale

189 Norman Geale

190 Francis Barker, Seabourne Geale, Norman Geale at "Bellevue"

191 Peggy Hamilton, Margaret, Kitty & Bob Geale

192 Peggy Hamilton and Geale children

193 Charlie Geale, 1901

194 C.N. Geale

195 Alice Seabourne Geale

196 unidentified

197 unidentified

198 unidentified

199 Herbert Geale

200 unidentified

201 Nassau Mills Dam, Trent Canal, 1921

202 Bob & Kitty Geale

203 Lake Catchacoma

204 Bob Geale, 1928

205 Bob & Kittie (Kitty) Geale, Alice Hamilton

206 Bob Geale & E.A. Peck, 1929

207 Alice M. Hamilton & Bob Geale

208 unidentified

209 Bob Geale

210 Bob Geale

211 Bob Geale

212 E.A. Peck & Bob Geale

213 Bob Geale & Alice (Mrs. Miles)Hamilton

214 Bob & Kitty Geale

215 Bob Geale, Peggy Hamilton

216 Bob & Kitty Geale, Alice Hamilton,1928

217 Seabourne Geale & children

218 Audrey & Beverley Geale, 1935

219 Robert Geale, 1943

220 Seabourne Geale & Robert Ed Norman Geale

221 unidentified

222 Bob Geale & Alice Mary Hamilton

223 Bob Geale & Peggy Hamilton

224 Kitty Geale

225 Bob Geale

226 School photo: includes Leah Rogers, Lillian Rogers & Norman Geale, Ashburnham School, 1899

227 Bob Geale

228 Bob & Kitty Geale

229 Bob Geale

230 Bob & Kittie Geale

231 Bob Geale

232 Juniper Island (Stoney Lake) Boating Scene

233 St. Lukes Anglican Church, Peterborough

234 E.A. Peck, Bob, Kitty & Seabourne Geale

235 Charles Hamilton Geale

236 Geale home, Lawton Blvd., Toronto

237 St. Johns Church, Peterborough

238 Alice Seabourne Geale, 1929

239 Margaret & Seabourne Geale

240 Charles Norman Geale & Francis Barker at "Bellevue" Hamilton

241 Charles N. Geale & unidentified, 1958

242 May Thompson Geale

243 Kittie (Kitty) Geale

244 Rogers - Geale group, 1911

245 C.N. Geale and RNAS group

246 C.N. Geale

247 Charles Geale

248 Norman Geale, Bob & Kittie

249 unidentified

250 unidentified

251 unidentified

252 unidentified

253 unidentified

254 unidentified

255 E.A. Peck & Kitty Geale

256 Capt. J.B. Geale, Royal Canadian Rifles

257 Geale family group

258 Bob Geale

259 Chuck & Bob Geale

260 Beverley Geale's family

261 Bob Geale in airplane

262 Charles Hamilton Geale

263 Kitty Geale & others

264 Lt. Geale

265 Charlie Geale & David Hamilton

266 Suzanna Geale Cabritta, 1960

267 Beverley Geale, 1961

268 Beverley Geale & C.N. Geale, 1961

269 Beverley Geale & C.N. Geale, 1961

270 Beverley Patricia Geale, 1960

271 Robyn Geale, 1960

272 Beverley Geale, 1960

273 Beverley Geale

274 unidentified children, 1961

275 Beverley Geale, 1961

276 Beverley Geale

277 packet of unidentified negatives

Folder 3:

278 unidentified children

279 unidentified group

280 Cherie Lynn Whitnell, 1965

281 U. of J. Rugby Team, 1905

282 unidentified

283 unidentified

284 unidentified ship

285 unidentified

286 glass negative, ["Bellevue"]

287 packet of unidentified negatives

288 unidentified

289 unidentified

290 unidentified men in hospital

291 Mrs. Mark Burnham

292 unidentified

293 unidentified

294 unidentified

295 unidentified

296 unidentified

297 unidentified Geale women

298 unidentified boy

299 unidentified group

300 unidentified girl

301 unidentified

302 unidentified man

303 unidentified baby

304 School group photo

305 unidentified

306 unidentified

307 unidentified

308 unidentified

309 unidentified

310 unidentified

311 unidentified

312 unidentified

313 Mrs. Mark Burnham

314 unidentified

315 unidentified

316 Group of men including C.N. Geale

317-330 Welland Canal

Box 8

Stereoscope and stereographs: Photos List

# 1-20 European scenes and buildings

# 21-23 U.K. scenes and buildings

# 24-30 U.S.A. scenes and buildings

# 31-107 Niagara Falls, N.Y. taken by George Barker

# 108-112 Miscellaneous

SERIES B: Rogers family papers

Richard Birdsall Rogers (1857-1927) was the son of Robert D. Rogers and Elizabeth Birdsall. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario bewteeen 1870 and 1874 and then went to McGill University from 1874 to 1878. He worked first as a Provincial Land surveyor (1879) and then as a Dominion Land Surveyor (1880). Richard married Mina Calcutt, daughter of Ashburnham brewer Henry Calcutt, in 1881. They had 6 children: George, Edna, Harry, Lillian, Leah and Heber. One other child died in infancy. In 1884, he was appointed Superintending Engineer of the Trent Canal.

Box 9

Folder

1: Historical and genealogical papers relating to the Rogers family. Includes Rogers Family Memoirs collected and arranged by R. [ ]. Rogers, March 1875. A paper by Walter Rogers read before the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Ontario, at Toronto, Dec. 14, 1899. Notes on Robert David Rogers and a clipping containing his short diary of his part and that of the Cobourg Rifles in the Rebellion of 1837 and the sinking of the steamboat Caroline off Navy Island.

2: Papers and clippings relating to the career of Lt.-Col. James Rogers (1726-1790) the ancestor of the Rogers family. During the Seven Years' War he served asa captain in the Rogers Rangers commanded by his famous brother Robert Rogers (1731-1795). During the American Revolution he was major in the King's Rangers. In 1784 he led his disbanded loyalists to settle at Fredericksburg on the Bay of Quinte. Newspaper clippings report the unveiling of a plaque on June 16, 1963 at the village of Sandhurst in South Fredericksburg Township to mark the history of the settlement.

3: Biographical papers relating to the life and career of Richard Birdsall Rogers (1857-1927) creator of the hydraulic lift lock at Peterborough on the Trent Valley Canal.

4: War-time letters of Harry George Rogers,1915-1917.

- May 19, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother from Ottawa confirming that the Militia Department has verified his brother Heber is a prisoner of war.

- May 22, 1915 - Letter from [Harry] to his mother. More on Heber, Inspection by Sam Hughes. They expect to move to Valcartier.

- Sept. 28, 1915 - Letter from Harry to mother from Barriefield. Hopes to get home leave on the weekend and expects to leave Canada soon. A bad gale last Sunday which blew down tents and made a mess.

- Oct. 8, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother from R.M.S. Missanabi. There are about 1200 men on board, the 8th C.M.R., the 12th C.M.R. and the draft from 79th Camerons from Winnipeg. Were inspected in Ottawa by the Duke of Connaught and Sam Hughes.

- Oct. 15, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother. We are landing at Plymouth and will entrain for Shorncliffe.

- Oct. 20, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother. Getting settled into camp. His new address is 8th C.M.R., Bramshott Camp, Liphook Camp, Hants.

- Oct. 22, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his father. Describes the camp. A bad Zeppelin raid on London.

- Oct. 31, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother. Has spent four days leave in London where he stayed with Miss Glassford and went sight seeing.

- Nov. 7, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his sister Leah. Describes a visit to Portsmouth to see Lord Nelson's ship Victory.

- Nov. 17, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother. Has been to London again and walked to the Horseguards Square to see the new German war trophies. Comments on London in the blackout.

- Nov. 20, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother. Is visiting friends at Market Harlborough.

- Dec. 20, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his mother. Making Christmas arrangements for his men in camp.

- Dec. 27, 1915 - Letter from Harry to his father. Tells him of a Peterborough soldier's wife who has become alcoholic and asks him if he can obtain some information about it.

Jan. 6, 1916? - Letter from Harry to his mother. Obviously misdated but written after Christmas 1915. His troop is training hard but he does not know what the future will bring.

[undated] - Letter from Harry to his mother written from Bramshott Camp probably shortly after he and his men arrived. Many of the men have bad colds because of the living conditions.

- June 14 & 15, 1916 - Two cablegrams from Miss Glassford in London. She is enquiring about Harry Rogers who has been reported wounded and missing.

- June 16, 1916 - Letter from G.A.Mothersill in Ottawa to R.B. Rogers. He's keeping after the Militia Department for news about Harry as quickly as possible.

- June 16, 1916 - An unsigned letter to Harry which was not sent. The terrible casualty lists and no definite news yet about Harry.

- June 22, 1916 - Letter of J.C. Shook to R.B. Rogers. Has learned that Harry's cousin Claude has sent a cable regarding Harry. Offers sympathy for both Harry and Heber.

- June 25, 1916 - Letter from Dr. Donald Meyers to R.B. Rogers sending sympathy regarding Harry.

- June 26, 1916 - Letter from L.M. Poussette to R.B. Rogers. Offering consolation for Harry's death.

- July 3, 1916 - Letter from G.A. Mothersill to R.B. Rogers. No word on Harry. Tells him of a German attack on the Mounted Rifles trenches in which the battalion took 150 German prisoners.

- July 26, 1916 - Letter J.C. Shook to R.B. Rogers. The Examiner has written that Harry is a prisoner of war in Germany.

- July 26, 1916 - Letter from Dr. Meyers to R.B. Rogers thanking him for information about Harry.

- July 29, 1916 - Letter from J.C. Shook to R.B. Rogers. Has heard that Harry is alive and hoping that he and Heber will get home again safely.

- Aug. 1, 1916 - Letter from Charles L. Ingles to R.B. Rogers. Good news about Heber and Harry.

- Sept. 24, 1916 - Letter from P.E.S.Cooper in Brisbane, Australia, pleased to hear the news about Harry. The Australians are fighting on the Somme.

- Jan. 4, 1917 - Letter from Sarah Fairweather to Mrs. Rogers from Sussex. Pleased to hear that she has had letters and photos from her sons in Germany.

- Feb. 1, 1917 - Letter from Harry Rogers to his father smuggled from a German prison camp at Frieburg. Photocopy and typescript. The letter reveals the real conditions of life as a prisoner of war in Germany.

- June 29, 1917 - Unsigned letter to Mr.and Mrs. Allen regarding the death in battle of their son.

- May 9, 1918 - Letter to Harry Rogers from Scott Medd offering condolences.

- Postwar - Newspaper clippings dealing with an attempted escape from the German prison camp and with Harry's death in June 1937, from wounds which he had received during the war.

5: War-time letters of Heber Symonds Rogers, 1914.

- Sept. 1, 1914 - Post card from Heber to his Aunt Amelia written at Valcartier Camp. Expects to be moving by the end of the week.

- Oct. 24, 1914 - Letter from Heber to his mother. He is in camp at Salisbury Plains and he describes the camp and its facilities.

- Dec. 6, 1914 - Letter from Heber to his mother, router at Bustard Camp, Salisbury Plains. Describes the muddy conditions of the camp and the stormy weather.

- Dec. 6, 1914 - Letter from Heber to his brother Harry. Describes a large scale divisional manoeuvre which they carried out last week.

- Dec. 9, 1914 - Letter from Heber to George and Nita.

- Dec. 14, 1914 - Letter from Heber to his father, R.B. Rogers.

- Dec. 20, 1914 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Hopes to go to London and stay with Miss Glassford at Christmas.

- Dec. 24, 1914 - Cable from Heber to his family at 147 Hunter Street wishing them a Merry Christmas.

- Dec. 24, 1914 - Cable to Heber wishing him a Merry Christmas from "Papa, Mama, Harry, George, Edna, Lillian and Leah".

- Dec. 25, 1914 - Letter from Heber to his mother from Miss Glassford's in London. Has been sight-seeing and describes the places that he has seen.

[undated] - Incomplete letter from Heber to his father.

6: War-time letters of Heber Rogers, 1915:

- Jan. 2, 1915 - Letter from Heber Rogers to his mother.

- Jan. 3, 1915 - Letter from W.F. Gibson to Mrs. Rogers thanking her for a Christmas gift.

- Jan. 9, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- Jan. 18, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Expects to go to France shortly. Has been attached to machine guns.

- Jan. 25, 1915 - Letter from Heber to George and Nita. This letter and the next are erroneously dated 1914. Comments on an epidemic of spinal meningitis which has broken out among the troops. Troop exercises. He has been put on machine guns. Describes the mechanism of the guns.

- Jan. 25, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his father.

- Jan. 31, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Happy to hear that Harry has taken a commission in the cavalry.

- Feb. 4, 1915 - Letter from Heber to Harry. Congratulates on getting a commission in the 3rd Dragoons. Describes a review of the division by the King and Lord Kitchener.

- Feb. 12, 1915 - Post card from Heber to his mother.

- Feb. 15, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother from France. He is billeted in a barn in a place recently vacated by the Germans.

- Feb. 21, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. They are now at the Front in trenches and have had their baptism of fire.

- March 5, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Describes trench warfare but the letter is censored in some areas.

- March 14, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. They have been pulled out of the trenches for a rest.

- March 23, 1915 - Post card from Heber to his father. Happy to read of his father's vindication re Trent Canal. Has been in the trenches for over a month.

- March 27, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- April 1, 1915 - Field post card from Heber to his father.

- April 4, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his father. Church parade for Easter.

- April 5, 1915 - Post card from Heber to his brother George.

- April 9, 1915 - Letter from George [] to his aunt.

- April 10, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- April 15, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his brother George. They are about 15 miles behind the firing line. They have been inspected by General Alderson and also by General Smith Dorien of 2nd Army Corps.

- April 21, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his father. Marked "Heber's last letter".

- April 25, 1915 - Letter from R.B. Rogers to his son Heber. It is reported that the Canadians have been in battle with some casualties and that the Germans are using gas bombs.

- May 1, 1915 - Letter from Heber to Mrs. Glassford. Return address: Reserve La Zarett, I Braugasse Griessen, Hesse (Prison of War), Germany. Was wounded and taken prisoner of war and am in a German hospital.

- May 5, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Was hit in the face by shrapnel. Not badly wounded but cannot see out of his right eye.

- May 14, 1915 - Cable from Adjutant General informing R.B. Rogers that Heber has been reported missing.

- May 15, 1915 - Post card from Heber to his mother. Still cannot see out of his right eye.

- June 24, 1915 - Letter from the Adjutant General to R.B. Rogers thanking him for informing Militia Headquarters that he has learned Heber is a prisoner of war at Langemarck.

- Aug. 8, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Aug. 15, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Attended an Anglican Church service.

- Aug. 15, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- Aug. 22, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Aug. 29, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Sept. 2, 1915 - Letter from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Sept. 5, 1915 - Post card from Heber to his mother.

- Sept. 5, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- Sept. 12, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Sept. 16, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his father.

- Oct. 2, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Comments on the death of his cousin Allan.

- Oct. 3, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Oct. 10, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Oct. 10, 1915 - Letter from Private Sherman Young to Miss Glassford. He was released on an exchange of prisoners because of a war wound and tells her about the real conditions of the camp where Heber is imprisoned. At the beginning of World War II Sherman Young was Officer Commanding the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.

- Oct. 16, 1915 - Letter from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Oct. 16, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his father. He has a small bit of steel in his right eye and it will have to be operated on when he returns to England. The routine in the prisoner of war camp.

- Oct. 31, 1915 - Post card from Heber o Miss Glassford.

- Nov. 7, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Nov. 12, 1915 - Private Sherman Young to R.B. Rogers. A very detailed descriptive account of Heber's life as prisoner of war in Giessen camp in Germany. Private Young was taken prisoner of war on the same day and was exchanged because his left hand was badly smashed by German machine gun bullet and he could no longer return to active service.

- Nov. 13, 1915 - [ ] Mudge to his Uncle Dick asking for Heber's address. Letter bears the letterhead of Kerry & Chace Limited of Toronto

- Nov. 14, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Nov. 16, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother. Harry has been up to London to visit Miss Glassford.

- Nov. 28, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Dec. 2, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- Dec. 17, 1915 - Letter from Heber to his mother.

- Dec. 19, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Dec. 31, 1915 - Post card from Heber to Miss O'Dowda.

- Jan. 20, 1916 - Letter from M.S.Glassford to the American Express Company, London, enquiring about the parcels she has been sending to Heber.

- April 2, 1917 - Heber Roger's diary April 3 - June 7. During this period Heber worked for a few days on a German farm. He describes an attempt to escape to Holland which he and two comrades made. Detailed description of camp life and hardships.

- Jan. 3, 1919 - Letter from Heber written from Miss Glassford's home where he is on leave. He describes his release from the prisoner of war camp, his ship journey to England and his reception there. He was met at the station by Harry. Newspaper clippings relating to Heber's life and war experience. A programme relating to the official opening of the Heber Rogers Wildlife Sanctuary, July 16, 1966 by J. Alex Edmison.

Box 10

Folder

1: Letters and cards of sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Rogers regarding the supposed death of their son Heber. At the beginning of May it was reported that Heber Rogers was missing in action and presumed dead.

2: More letters and cards of sympathy to the Rogers.

3: Letters of congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Rogers. By May 18 it had been learned that Heber was alive, slightly wounded but in a prisoner of war camp at Giessen in Germany.

4: War-time letters from Miss C.M.Glassford to Mrs. Rogers, 1914-1918.

- Dec. 31, 1914 - Heber and his two friends have been to visit. They have arranged a code with Miss Glassford should they be ordered away before expected.

- Jan. 1, 1915 - The boys have returned safely to camp.

- Feb., 1915 - Has sent a cablegram in code which means that the boys left England today. The King and Lord Kitchener inspected the First Brigade before its departure and said that it was excellent.

- March 10, 1915 - The 2nd Canadian Contingent has arrived in England. Describes the movement of the First Brigade to France.

- April 21, 1915 - Heber and his two friends, Billy and George, are in the machine gun section. A field post card in code from George indicates that they are near Ypres.

- May 7, 1915 - A letter of sorrow expressing deep sympathy that Heber and his two friends have been reported missing and perhaps killed in action.

- May 11, 1915 - She went to a memorial service at St. Paul's in memory of Heber.

- May 17, 1915 - Has received a card from Heber saying that he is slightly wounded and a prisoner of war.

- June 11, 1915 - Has not heard from Heber again but is sending him parcels through the American Express Company.

- June 18, 1915 - Problems of communications with Heber.

- June 18, 1915 - Has been sending parcels to Heber twice a week.

- June 23, 1915 - Typewritten letter to R.B. Rogers. Had hoped that Heber could be exchanged so that he can have his eye properly attended to but has learned that the Germans are not exchanging prisoners at this time.

[undated] - Letter marked "special" enclosed with two pictures of Heber.

- July 7, 1915 - Typewritten letter to R.B. Rogers.

- Aug. 27, 1915 - Has finally received a card from Heber. Parcels sent by American Express have a better chance of reaching him than those sent by post.

- Sept. 16, 1915 - Lillian Minorgan writing for her aunt, Miss Glassford. She describes Zeppelin raid on London and the damage caused. Arthur Ackerman has been to visit them.

- Oct. 13, 1915 - Letter to Mr. and Mrs .Rogers. She has been visited by Private Sherman Young, a friend of Heber's, who has been recently exchanged and has arrived from the prisoner of war camp at Giessen.

- Oct. 19, 1915 - Invoice for a sleeping bag sent to Heber.

- Oct. 27, 1915 - Harry Rogers has been to visit Miss Glassford.

- Nov. 18, 1915 - Typewritten letter to R.B. Rogers. Tells him of the kinds of things that she has included in the parcels to Heber. Also relates news of various young Canadian officers.

- Nov. 19, 1915 - Typewritten letter to R.B. Rogers. Hopes to have Harry and Claude Rogers for Christmas dinner.

- Dec. 7, 1915 - Typewritten letter to R.B. Rogers. Norman Geale has visited her several times and she hopes that Arthur Ackerman will visit her shortly. Arthur has received his promotion.

- Dec. 17, 1915 - Making preparations for Christmas and she expects Harry and possibly Claude Rogers will join her for Christmas dinner. "The machine of war is now nearing completion as far as the new army is concerned yet more recruits are coming along all the time".

- Jan. 5, 1916 - Harry could not make it for Christmas but Norman Geale was there.

- Jan. 10, 1916 - Field post card from Heber to Miss Glassford.

- Jan. 12, 1916 - Have not had any air raids lately. The Germans threaten to come over soon with a fleet of Zeppelins and other aircraft and to seriously damage London.

- Jan. 20, 1916 - Heber has not been receiving all the parcels, letters and money that she has been sending him. She expects a visit from Harry before he leaves for the Front.

- Jan. 27, 1916 - Has had a letter from Harry and has been visited by Norman Geale.

- Dec. 3, 1918 - She is waiting for word about Harry and Heber. Describes the celebrations in London at the end of the war.

5: Miscellaneous war correspondence, 1915- 1916.

6: Newspaper clippings relating to World War I and World War II. A number of articles concern Harry and Heber Rogers. Others comment on the death of their cousin, Captain Alan S.C. Rogers who was killed in action at the Dardanelles in Aug. 1915.

Box 11

Correspondence & miscellaneous textual records: 1870-1927; 1963 plus undated. The list (below) generally indicates only a few specific contents of the folders. It is not a complete, itemised list.

1870: R.B. Rogers' school records, Trinity College School

1872: [Richard] Rogers' school records, Trinity College School

1873: [Richard] Rogers' school records, Trinity College School

1874: [Richard] Rogers' school records, Trinity College School

1877: Program, McGill University Athletic Sports, 1877

1880: Regatta program, Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen, 1880; document re Richard Rogers' appointment as Dominion Land Surveyor; Program, McGill University Athletic Sports, 1880

1882: Newspaper clippings, articles entitled "Winnipeg Correspondence" by Edwin R. Rogers (Edwin Rogers was Provincial Inspector of Prisons and Public Charities)

1885: Letters recommending Richard Rogers for the position of Superintending Engineer of the Trent Valley Canal Works (in place of W.T.D. Belcher declared too ill to continue work) signed by A. Bradley.

1886-1887: Rough notes written on notepaper with letterhead "Denison & Rogers, Architects, Civil & Mechanical Engineers and Dominion Land Surveyors". Notes relate to household expenses.

1890: Report of Commission appointed to enquire re Trent Valley Canal (Chas. Weller, John Kennedy, Frank Turner) sent to Sir John A. Macdonald.

1891: Mortgage of steamer "Daisy" between Henry Calcutt and R.B. Rogers.

1892: Some correspondence relates to St. Luke's parish and the Reverends Bradshaw, Symonds and Burnham. One letter notes the disastrous fire which wiped out the James Rogers factory in 1892

1893: Letter from William White agreeing not to taste liquor of any kind during the season and to conduct himself in a becoming manner either on or off the Steamer "Empire".

1894: Correspondents include Collingwood Schreiber, editor of the newspaper "The Empire" re necessity of raising funds since the defection of "The Mail" to the Conservative cause. Letter from Willie Boyd thanking Rogers for note of sympathy on the death of Boyd's two young children, Kathleen and Paul, in 1893. Draft letter of Rogers asking for an increase in salary. He argued that ordinary Superintendents "who are not professional men" on the other canals recieve from $1200 to $1800 while Rogers gets $800 from the Dept. of Railways and Canals and $800 from the Dept. of Public Works but that the latter is for additional work connected with timber.

1895: Notes and reports re various portions of the Trent Canal system; letters of tender for the removal of buildings along the canal route.

1896: Letters of introduction for Rogers on his European trip to inspect locks in Britain, France and Belgium; specifications for Section 2 of the Peterborough and Lakefield section of the canal; notes of Rogers re his trip.

1897: Rogers notes re cement and other canal matters.

1898: Notes and drawings; claims re drowned lands in Ennismore and Emily Twps., accounts re a deer-hunting trip.

1899: Notes re Trent Canal and Lift Lock.

1900: School report from Trinity College School [Rogers' son - possibly George]

1901: Correspondents include Blair (Minister of Railways and Canals), Collingwood Schreiber (Deputy Minister & Chief Engineer), and Sir Richard Cartwright. Clement Gordon and Richard Rogers were writing to insist that all their hiring had been done appropriately and "in the interets of the Liberal party." Rogers had to write to the department whenever he wanted to hire anyone. the department would then send him names of Liberal supporters that he could hire. Also includes documents pertaining to a law suit launched against R.B. Rogers by Corry and Laverdure.

1902: Correspomdents include R.A. Davy, Schreiber, R. Weddell, Walter Francis (asking that his salary be increased to $2500), Ryerson Ritchie, W.T.C. Boyd, and many others. Some letters thanking Rogers for the photos of a deer-hunting party. Rogers is working on an article with accompanying photographs for the Canadian Engineer. Also interested in any drawing of the "immense hydraulic lift lock at Peterborough and costing $800,000..." is the Syren and Shipping (Illustrated). Letter from Mossom Boyd telling Rogers he is sending him a roast of half-bred buffalo to try. Includes some expense and estimate sheets for work on the Trent Canal to date. Includes 3 notices that G.N. Rogers has won prizes in General Proficiency, English Lit. and Mathematics at Trinity College School.

1903: Note from R. Weddell of Trenton saying Rogers' photographs have arrived and that they are the best ever taken of the locks there. Several letters regarding patronage appointments, lantern slides, etc. Correspondents include W.T.C. Boyd, Ryerson Ritchie, R.Z. Rogers, A. Onderdonk, Willis Chipman (Secretary of the Engineers' Club of Toronto where Rogers is scheduled to give an illustrated lecture), Patti Rogers, J.R. Stratton, R. Hall, J. Kilbourn (Lakefield Portland Cement Co.), Charles Keefer, C. Gould (McGill University Library expressing appreciation for Rogers' maps of the Trent Canal which he has placed in the Library. Also asks Rogers if "your friend, Mr. Boyd" might be interested in giving money for the library. Letter January 9, 1903 from Rogers' son Harry apologising for misbehaviour and promising to apply himself to his studies: "I know I have not been everything I should, but, Papa, it is not because I have not tried..." Letters of Introduction for Rogers as he prepares to leave for the United States to look at canal machinery. Includes letters re lantern slides, photographs and articles by Rogers; correspondence about houseboat rental parties; letters re patronage hiring; letter re Rogers selling his cottage property in Chemong Park; business correspondence re canal estimates and construction specifics. Letter Oct. 7 from W.T.C. Boyd saying he was happy "that our efforts to make the trip pleasant for Sir Sandford [Fleming] proved successful...". School of Practical Science Toronto visited the Peterborough canal works.

1904: Correspondents include W.T.C. Boyd, J.R. Stratton, D. Gilmour (President of Trent Water Com. Assn. and associated with Gilmour and Co. Lumber Manufacturers and Dealers), Collingwood Schreiber, Harry Wickham (writing from Montreal to Willie Boyd), John Lang, M.P. Includes quotes from suppliers such as Wm. Hamilton Manufacturing Co.; printed invitations from R.B. Rogers and Mina for guests to join them on their house-boat "Lotus" at the Peterborough Lift Lock on opening day July 9, 1904; letters re patronage appointments from Schreiber and Lang; copy of a speech made by Guss Porter (M.P. West Hastings) in the House of Commons. Also includes a letter expressing thanks for heroism of Rogers and his son in rescuing a Miss Bickell of Lakefield from a boating or swimming accident. Letter from Harry Rogers, Jan. 10, to "Papa" apologising for poor exam results and general lack of ambition.

1905: Short description of the Hydraulic Lock at Peterborough dated January 14, 1905; summary of costs associated with the Hydraulic Lock at Kirkfield; complaint issued by a Mr. O'Toole regarding rental of steam derrick and steam drill; cartoon sketch entitled "The Road to Kirkfield;" letter of support for Rogers from George Cox to Hon. H.R. Emmerson, Minister of Railways and Canals; draft of a letter of thanks from Rogers to Cox saying that his letter has had the desired effect and Rogers' salary has been increased. By November 1905 there were complaints to the effect that there had been charges of gross negligence in the construction work on the Hydraulic Lock at Peterborough and Kirkfield written up in the newspapers. Rogers asked for an investigation and the Department authorized Henry Holgate to investigate. The Order in Council appointing Holgate is included in this folder. Yearbook of the Stoney Lake Cottager's Association 1905.

1906: Documents relating to the Holgate Commission and Rogers' reply re same; Rogers' letter of resignation. Correspondents include J. Kilbourne, Sam Hughes, W.T.C. Boyd, William Dennon, Cecil B. Smith, Edna Rogers, Edwin Rogers, Northumberland Paper & Electric Company of Campbellford, Collingwood Schrieber. Correspondence indicates that Rogers is having some financial difficulties and is trying to get other contracts and is also trying to borrow money to start new business enterprises. Rough notes that Rogers put together for his official reply to the Holgate Report; copies of the final reply; petition supporting Rogers from the Peterborough Conservative Association (James Kendry, President).

1907: Correspondents include many individuals and companies demanding that Rogers pay them for services and materials. These include William Hamilton Manufacturing Company, and Hicks and Company lumber dealers. Rogers was cancelling subscriptions to journals and other publications; Rogers shares in Northumberland Paper & Electric Company transferred to his brother, Edwin. Other correspondence relates to renting of Rogers' houseboat for the season, his role as a judge in the Gzowski [engineering] Medal competition. Rogers was apparently suffering from sciatica this year. Correspondents include William Dennon, R.F. McWilliams, F. Kerr, W.T.C. Boyd, George Burnham, Edwin Rogers, Ryerson Ritchie, R. Weddell, Harry Wickham, J. Kilbourne. On November 15th, Willie Boyd wrote to Rogers saying "I was very sorry to hear of the tenders you were interested in, being so unsuccessful & that you are still without remunerative employment..."

1908: Rogers is updating his slide show, which consists of slides and a talk, called "Waterways of Canada," and organized through McGill University. Rogers and his partner, William Dennon, have finally been successful in securing a contract for Section No. 2, Trenton-Frankford, of the Trent Canal. The contract was not confirmed for some months and Dennon and Rogers were left in a state of anxiety. Correspondents include W.T.C. Boyd, Ryerson Ritchie, Walter Francis, A.A. Mulholland, Edwin Rogers, Sam Hughes, R.R. Hall, M.P., E.S. Clarry, R.Z. Rogers. C. Gould of McGill University library agitating for Rogers to send him some replacement slides and lecture; Willie Boyd writing to Rogers telling him that he has sold the "Empress" and is trying to sell the "Manita." Rogers is being dunned by many creditors.

1909: On January 28th, Dennon wrote to Rogers saying: "I have been thinking over your financial situation and think the best and only way that I can see for you to do is for you to see your creditors and say to them that the prospects for you to materially reduce your indebtedness the coming season are very good but in order to do so the process of hounding you must cease..." Business correspondence between Dennon and Rogers (partners) indicates difficulty getting payment for the contract from the government in a timely fashion.

1910: One invoice only.

1911: Small file of letters. Correspondents include H.C. Rogers and Sam Hughes.

1912: Bill to incorporate the Kawartha Transportation Company. Letter from Mr. Pousette refers to the death of Edna's husband, [ ] Fairweather. Copy of a letter from E. Guss Porter to a person unknown indicating that he was working on Rogers' behalf to have the Holgate Report discounted; attached are letters of support for Rogers from C.B. Smith, J. Kerry, and James Kendry. The current Minister of Railways and Canals is Frank Cochrane and there is some feeling that he is prepared to listen to Rogers' side of the story. Some business correspondence under the letterhead of Dennon and Rogers, Engineers and Contractors.

1913: Drafts of letters written by Rogers regarding the work on the Trent Canal and also drafts of letters wondering how to proceed with the Minister, Cochrane, in order to get his case heard.

1914: Rogers started the year by writing once again to E. Guss Porter, M.P., saying: "I hope you will be able to get Cochrane to act and appoint someone to consider my reply to Holgate's report. It's a damn shame one can't get even fair play from his own party....". Correspondence from Charles H. Keefer who arranged to undertake a review of the Holgate Report; correspondence between Keefer and Rogers; printed copies of the Keefer Report; correspondence between Porter and Cochrane. Cochrane reminded Porter that Rogers had promised to pay for the Keefer review. Copy of an article by Ryerson Ritchie entitled "A Wrong Righted" and reviewing the vindication of Richard Rogers by the Keefer Report.

1915: Many letters of congratulation on Rogers' vindication by the report of Charles Keefer. Rogers' two sons are serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Correspondence with Hon. Frank Cochrane, Minister of Railways and Canals, regarding Rogers' payment for the services of Keefer. Other correspondents include Ryerson Ritchie, McGill University Library, A.L. Mudge, William Dennon, Guss Porter, F.C. Gamble (President of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers), Edwin Rogers, and Rogers' son, George, who is working in Frankford, Ont. Draft of a letter indicating that Rogers is not resigned to his situation and wants recompense. Typescript of an article by Ryerson Ritchie March 19 1915 entitled "A Wrong Righted." Letter of April 3, 1915, Rogers to Cochrane, which accompanied his cheque in the amount of $1150 to pay for the Keefer investigation and remonstrating with Cochrane about having to pay for his vindication. Beginning of May, Heber Rogers has been reported missing and presumed dead [it turned out later that Heber was a prisoner of war]. Brochure commemorating the life of Alan Rogers, only son of Edwin Rogers and brother of Bessie and Rita, killed at the Dardanelles, August 8, 1915.

1916: Correspondents are William Dennon, Northumberland Paper Company, The Hoover Suction Sweeper Company of Canada, The Battlecreek Sanitarium Michigan, business correspondents of Dennon and Rogers, J.C. Shook, Edwin Rogers, Dominion Bridge Company. Rogers has purchased Beechwood Farm containing 100 acres. Rogers' son, Harry, had been reported missing in action, but by August it seems that he is in a prisoner of war camp. Several letters concerning Rogers' outstanding bank loans.

1917: Correspondence between Rogers and Salvation Army Children's Receiving Home requesting a boy for farm work. Apparently Rogers still owes A.P. Pousette $5000 which was to be paid on the completion of Section 2 of the Trent Valley Canal. Correspondents include Ryerson Ritchie. His brother, Edwin Rogers, has died April 20. Letter from Emily Rogers, widow of Edwin, to her brother-in-law, Richard. Mina is ill in hospital. Many letters from W.B. Dennon of Dennon and Rogers, Engineers and Contractors. Letter from J. Sexmith to Dr. Read, Minister of Railways and Canals, asking that Rogers be reimbursed for the $1150 he had to pay for the Keefer review.

1918: Business correspondence from W. Dennon of Dennon and Rogers, Engineers and Contractors. Rogers still owes Pousette money and wrote to him on April 11 saying that the settlement can not be made until the government settles their contract claims. Copy of a letter to Richard Rogers from his son, Harry, who is in a German prison camp, Feb. 1 1918. Letter from Ryerson Ritchie saying in part: "The P.S. of your letter was a stunner. I did not even know that Herbert Boyd was off on a furlow. That surely is as near a knock-out blow as Will can have. I hope he will get over it as bravely as he got over the loss of his other son last summer... The news from Harry and Heber is encouraging anyway even if they do look thin and sad."

1919: One letter from W.B. Dennon from Mobile, Alabama.

1920: Two miscellaneou sitems.

1921: One letter from lawyer R. Pringle re: claim against Department of Railways and Canals by Dennon and Rogers.

1922: Two miscellaneous items.

1923: Several items, one from lawyer George Henderson re Dennon and Rogers claim.

1924: Business correspondence re Dennon and Rogers claim. Rogers' reply in Exchequer Court of Canada. William B. Dennon (Sr.) died in 1924. He has a son, also named W.B. Dennon who worked with Dennon in Canada and is now handling his business affairs. Dennon's obituary reads as: "Dennon, William, age 81 years beloved husband of the late Anna Dennon and father of Clifton G. and William B., at Mobile, Ala. ... " [information regarding the death of W.B. Dennon supplied courtesy of Gordon Young, Lakefield Heritage].

1925: Legal correspondence re claim of Dennon and Rogers. Correspondence from W.B. Dennon from Mobile, Alabama (It appears that Dennon has a new company in Mobile called Dennon Paper Mills). Several letters between the lawyer George Henderson and Dennon who is coming from Mobile to Peterborough to testify.

1926: Legal correspondence re claim of Dennon and Rogers. By October 9 it seems as though the claim has been settled in favour of Rogers and Dennon to the amount of approximately $8000 net.

1927: April 27 letter from lawyer G.N. Gordon commiserating with Rogers on his serious illness. Scribbled draft of a telegram May 2 from Heber Rogers to Dennon in Mobile, Alabama saying that his mother had died suddenly and that his father wanted to see him immediately. Letter from an old friend, Willis Chipman, who attended McGill at the same time as Rogers, asking him if he could recollect the row that the students had with the faculty in 1876.

1963: Three miscellaneous items.

Undated: Correspondence includes letters from William Thornton Cust Boyd; descriptions of houseboat "Lotus" and yacht "Victoria"; note from Doctor re Rogers' daughter's health; estimates, labour costs re Simcoe-Balsam Lake Divison, Section No. 1, Trent Canal; rough notes re Trent Canal; William Dennon; Ryerson Ritchie; notes on a hydraulic lock; biographical notes on Holgate; specifications for an all-steel bridge superstructure to be erected over the River Trent in the Township of Seymour; statement of the cost of lands purchased by the government for the right-of-way for the Trent Canal for Sections No. 1 and 2 Simcoe-Balsam Lake, Peterboorugh-Lakefield; list of lakes located in the Trent basin; Rogers' rough notes re locks; notes and correspondence re the Dennon Rogers claim against the Dominion Government.

Box 12

Trent Canal. Lift Locks. 1905 report titled: "Lift Lock Investigation" in three bound volumes (aka "The Holgate Report"). (Also, photocopies of the three volumes, received from Archives of Ontario in 2015).
Vol. 1: Kirkfield section - evidence.
Vol. 2: Peterborough section - evidence.
Vol. 3: Peterborough section - evidence.

Folder:

1: Trent Canal. Lift Locks. Newspaper clippings regarding the opening of the Peterborough Lift Lock, the Lift Lock scandal and the belated professional vindication of R.B. Rogers. A biographical newspaper article on Mr. Rogers by Alicia Perry.

2: Trent Canal. Newspaper clippings, 1880's.

3: Trent Canal. Newspaper clippings, 1890's.

4: Trent Canal. Newspaper clippings, 1900-1906.

5: Trent Canal. Newspaper clippings, 1910-1916, and undated material.

6: Trent Canal. Miscellaneous, including newspaper clippings, plans, sketches. Sketches include one of the Ground Plan of embankments, Hydraulic Lift Lock No. 1 (Peterborough) 1899.

7: Trent Canal. Miscellaneous, including clippings and plans.

8: Trent Canal. Pamphlets relating to the Canal.

Box 13

Richard B. Rogers Diaries

Twenty volumes - R.B. Rogers: Diaries, 1874-1915.

1874, 1875, 1876, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1894, 1896, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903 (2 vols.), 1904, 1906, 1908 (2 vols.), 1912, 1915.

Also included in this box is: George N. Rogers: Diary, 1915

Box 14

Photos List:

1. Auburn (1 photograph: canal site)

2. Bobcaygeon River (1 photograph: river scene)

3. Burleigh Falls (5 photographs, including the locks)

4. Chisholms's Rapids (5 photographs, including the lock and dam)

5. Cornwall (1 photograph: upper lock and weir)

6. Europe (1 photograph: body of water)

7. Fenelon Falls (11 photographs, including wharf area)

8. Frankford (6 photographs, including Dam No. 6 and Lock No. 6, construction scenes)

9. Hastings (22 photographs, including construction scenes)

10. Healey's Falls (6 photographs, including construction scenes)

11. Kingston Mills Lock (1 photograph: boat passing under bridge)

12. Kirkfield (4 photographs, including lift lock)

13. Lindsay (2 photographs, including Lindsay River and Lindsay lock)

14. Little Lake (2 photographs, including logging scene, i.e. lake filled with floating cut logs)

15. Nassau Mills Dam (13 photographs, including old dam prior to construction of new dam. Several of the photographs show Charles Perry's Red Mills. The Red Mills were built in 1854 and were the largest in Peterborough County.)

16. Otonabee River (1 photograph: river scene)

17. Ottawa (4 photographs of Parliament Buildings)

18. Peterborough Lift Lock (46 photographs, including plans and construction, completed lift lock, and 1 Opening Day scene - #22; photographs #1 and #2 are located on shelf beside box)

19. Peterborough canal & locks & city (11 photographs, including Water Street scene [1900], canal construction, washout of canal, 1906, lock and river scenes)

20. Port Dalhousie (1 photograph: dam)

21. Rice Lake (2 photographs, river scenes)

22. Rideau Canal (33 photographs, including dams, locks, bridges, 'Old Block House" log home at Morton Dam, catch of fish (grey trout), various boats)

23. [Sault Ste. Marie] (1 photograph: buildings)

Box 15

Photos List:

1. Severn River (4 photographs, including woman in canoe, and river scenes)

2. Stoney Lake (2 photographs, including canoes on lake, and "The Wood's Cottage")

3. Trenton (4 photographs, including dam, and town of Trenton [1890])

4. United Kingdom (1 photograph: Anderton boat lift, Northwich, U.K.)

5. United States of America (1 photograph: Guard Lock 35 near Chicago)

6. Western Canada (8 photographs, including railway bridges, mountain scenes, towns)

7. Young's Point (1 photograph: dam)

8. Canal & lock machinery (8 photographs)

9. Canal and lock scenes (63 photographs and negatives, including construction scenes, and scenery; #23 is located on shelf beside box)

10. Calcutt House, 73 Robinson Street, Peterborough (2 photographs)

11. Mossom Boyd House, Bobcaygeon 1 photograph: house with Richard B. Rogers, Mina Calcutt, and Harry

12. Watercraft: Steamboats, Houseboats, Canoes 19 photographs, including Rogers houseboat and hunting party, the "Lotus," the "Majestic," the "North Star," the "Manita," the "Esturion" at Bobcaygeon Fair Day, [opening day] of the Peterborough Lift Lock - #19

13. Rogers family 77 photographs, including Rogers family dwellings: Beechwood, Calcutt house in Cobourg, cottage at Stoney Lake, home in Campbellford; W.T.C. Boyd, Richard B. Rogers, and others on a boat "Boat Going through Lock" - #29; houseboat and dear hunt scene - #30 & #31; "Summer Fair, Armouries, Peterboro, 1912" (group of costumed women) - #17; Eddie Armstrong, Everett Birdsall, F.E. Birdsall, Addie Calcutt, Kate Calcutt, Maggie Calcutt, Susie Calcutt, David Carlisle, Murray Carlisle, Harry Daubney, Jean Rogers Davenport, Edna (Rogers) Fairweather, Jack Garston, Leah (Rogers) Geale, Norman Geale, Billy Gibson, Douglas Huycke, Alan Ludgate, Fan Maynard, Mrs. Wm. Mood, G.D. Perry, A.B. Rogers, Alan Rogers, C. Rosamund Rogers, Carol Rogers, David Rogers, Edwin Rogers, Emily Rogers, George Rogers, Harry Rogers, Heber Rogers, Helen Rogers, Jack Rogers, John Rogers, L.K. Rogers, L.M. Rogers, Lillian Rogers, Lucinda Rogers, Maria McGregor Rogers (Mrs. John Burnham), Mrs. Mina Rogers, Richard B. Rogers, Rita Rogers, Robert Rogers

14. Identified people 9 photographs, including Mrs. Nation; Mrs. [Drummion]; L.M. Rogers; Dave Davenport; Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Logan; John Bostwick; Mrs. Mark Burnham (Hetty Stickney Bostwick); The Officers, 2nd Bn. 1st Inf. B[DE], Canadian Expeditionary Force, Salisbury Plain; several people, mostly men in suits, making a garden - #2

15. Unidentifed people 5 photographs, including 2 children fencing

16. Unidentifed places 7 photographs

Box 16

Photos List:

Album #1: List

1 Construction scene

2 Construction scene

3 Steamboat with passengers, c.1890's

4 2 men in canoe duck hunting, 1884

5 Construction

6 S.S. Empire

7 Construction

8 Buckhorn locks

9 Buckhorn

10 Buckhorn dam

11 Canal construction

12 Canal construction

13 No.3 lock

14 No.3 lock

15 unidentified river

16 Work crew

17 unidentified

18 Bridge

19 Canal construction

20 Bridge, 1898

21 Bridge, 1898

22 Bridge, 1898

23 Bridge construction, 1898

24 Church, beautiful stonework, unidentified [St. John's, Lakefield?]

25 Rock cut at Lakefield, 1899 - some houses shown

26 [Lakefield?]

27 [Lakefield bridge?]

28 Lakefield bridge

29 [Lakefield?]

30 unidentified

31 unidentified

32 Dredging machine

33 unidentified duplicate of photo #31

34 unidentified

35 [Youngs' Point]

36 Youngs' Point dam

37 S.S. Empire in lock

38 Youngs' Point, 1892

39 Youngs' Point, 1892

40 unidentified

41 3 men at dam over creek

42 Stoney Lake

43 unidentified [Stoney Lake?]

44 Stoney Lake

45 Stoney Lake

46 unidentified lodge with guests,c.1890's

47 High Falls, Eels Creek

48 Burleigh Falls bridge, 1898

49 unidentified lodge with guests

50 Dam

51 Burleigh Falls, group photo of unidentified people on shore

52 Construction scene

53 Construction scene

54 Construction scene

55 Steamship and passengers

56 Steamboat the "Sunbeam" & passengers

Album #2: List

1 Nassau

2 Nassau

3 Otonabee River above Nassau, 1896

4 unidentified

5 Nassau dam & mill, 1896

6 Nassau dam & mill, 1896

7 Nassau dam & mill, 1896

8 Construction scene

9 Canal at Nassau

10 Canal at Nassau

11 Looking north from Norwood Rd. bridge

12 Canal at Nassau

13 Portage Road Bridge, 1899 (horse & sleigh on bridge)

14 Concrete piers for Norwood Rd. bridge, 1896

15 Concrete piers for Norwood Rd. bridge, 1896

16 unidentified bridge construction,1896

17 Meadow scene, stumps still visible,1896

18 unidentified

19 unidentified

20 unidentified

21 Construction

22 Construction

23 Group photo of workmen

24 Construction

25 Lock at Peterborough, 1897

26 "City of Peterborough" steamboat & passengers

27 Dam

28 Lock at Peterborough

29 Dam

30 Bridge, team of horses, village in background

31 Steamboat "North Star"

32 Otonabee River at Peterborough

33 unidentified river

34 Steam boat "City of Peterborough"

35 St. Lukes Presbyterian Church picnic, 1895

36 Otonabee River between Rice Lake &Peterborough

37 Campbelltown, 1896

38 Bridge

39 Coffer Dam, Hastings, 1886

40 Steamboat

41 Bridge

42 Dam

43 unidentified

44 Construction

45 Construction, possibly in vicinity of hydraulic lock at Peterborough

46 Construction scene, 1896

47 Construction scene, 1896

48 Construction scene, 1896

49 Nassau dam & mill, 1896

50 Nassau dam & mill, 1896

51-56 Nassau dam

57 Nassau, Nov. 1897, construction of new dam

58 Nassau, Nov. 1897, construction of new dam

59 No.5 dam under construction, Spring 1898

60 No.5 dam under construction, Spring 1898

61 No.5 dam under construction, Spring 1898

62 Otonabee River

63 unidentified

64 unidentified

65 Dam construction

66 Dam construction, 1896

67 Dam construction

68 Dam construction

69 Dam construction

70 Constructing #4 lock - first concrete lock in Canada

71 Construction #4 lock

72 Lock #4 with moulding removed, Dec.14, 1896

73 Canal construction

74 Dam

75 unidentified

76 Canal

77 Lock #4

78 Lock #4

79 Dam construction

80 Lock #3 construction, 1897

Album #3: List

1 Nassau, construction of new dam, 1898

2 Nassau mill, 1898

3 Nassau bridge

4 Nassau bridge

5 Nassau

6 Nassau

7 [Nassau, maybe Lakefield?]

8 [Nassau, maybe Lakefield?]

9 [Nassau construction site?]

10 [Nassau construction site?]

11 Nassau, 1898

12 Nassau, 1898

13 Nassau, 1898

14 Burleigh Falls

15 Dam #5 (Nassau)

16 Dam #5 (Nassau)

17 Nassau, 1897

18 Nassau, 1897

19 [Lakefield?] 1897

20 [Lakefield?] 1897

21 [Lakefield?] 1897

22 [Lakefield?] 1897

23 Steamboat, canoes, hunting party

24 Hunters on steam boat with slain deer

Album #4: List

1 Severn River

2 Severn River

3 Severn River

4 Severn River

5 Rosedale, Ontario

6 Victoria Road bridge, 1899

7 Portage Road bridge, 1899

8 Grand Trunk Railway over canal

9 Stoney Lake

10 Stoney Lake

11 Bobcaygeon

12 Fenelon Falls

13 No.3 dam, Peterborough

14 Lakefield bridge

15 Rock cut at Lakefield

16 Burleigh Falls, group on shore

17 Construction scene of concrete lock#4, Peterborough

18 #4 lock with moulding removed

19 #4 lock

20 #3 lock

21 Norwood Road bridge 1899

22 Looking north from Norwood Road bridge

23 Canal at Nassau

24 Dam #5 under construction (Nassau)

25 Otonabee River between Rice Lake & Peterborough

26 Lock at Peterborough

27 Lock at Peterborough

28 Concrete piers for Norwood Road bridge

29 Chisholm's Rapids Lock built 1843

30 River above Chisholm's Rapids

31 Heelys' Falls

32 River above Heelys' Falls

33 Hastings

34 Steamship "S.S. Eclipse" moored at Jubilee Point

35 Healys' Falls

36 River below Hastings

Album #5: List (Note: Album #5 is entitled Trent Canal from Trenton to Rice Lake. All photographs are quality finished and have captions.)

1 Heeleys' Falls

2 River at Hastings

3 Map of the Trent Canal

4 Trent and River

5 Looking north from Paper Mills at Campbellford

6 Harbour at Trenton

7 Paper Mills at Campbellford

8 River at Trenton

9 Looking south from Trenton Br.

10 Gilmour Mills, Trenton

11 Looking north from Trenton Br.

12 Trenton Dam

13 Looking north from opposite site of #2 dam

14 Trenton-Frankford Division: looking north at site of #2 dam

15 Site of No. [4] dam

16 Trenton-Frankford Division: site of #5 lock

17 Trenton-Frankford Division, looking east from site of #6 lock

18 Looking south at site of No.6 dam

19 Reach above Frankfort

20 Looking north from site of #6 dam

21 Lock at Chisholms

22 Reach above Campbellford

23 Heeleys' Falls & Rapids

24 From bank opposite Heeleys' Falls

25 Heeleys' Falls, Rapids and Dams

26 River above Heeleys' Falls

27 Hastings Lock from bridge

28 Rice Lake

29 Rice Lake

30 Rice Lake

31 Rice Lake

32 Idyl Wyld, Rice Lake

Trent Canal from Rice Lake to Severn River 82-022

Album #6: List

1 Map of Trent Canal

2 S.S. Eclipse docked at Jubilee Point

3 St. Lukes Presbyterian Church Sunday School Picnic (on board the S.S. City of Peterborough)

4 Otonabee River

5 Otonabee River

6 Otonabee River at Peterborough Locks

7 The river and bridge above Peterborough Locks

8 Lock #6 at Peterborough

9 Hydraulic Lock at Peterborough

10 Hydraulic Lock at Peterborough

11 Opening Lower Gates Hydraulic Lift Lock

12 Hydraulic Lock at Peterborough

13 American Cereal works, Peterborough

14 Peterborough - Lakefield Division -Lock #1

15 Canal, Guard gate and bridge at Lakefield

16 Boats at Peterborough wharf: Majestic, Ogemah, ________

17 Katchewanooka Lake

18 Katchewanooka Lake & Islands

19 Youngs' Point

20 Clear Lake

21 Chemong Lake steamer (Ogemah)

22 Kawartha Park, Clear Lake

23 Stoney Lake

24 Stoney Lake near Juniper Island

25 Regatta Day - Stoney Lake

26 Stoney Lake East of Boschink

27 Little Otter Island - Stoney Lake

28 Locks at Burleigh

29 Buckhorn Locks

30 Buckhorn Lake

31 Bobcaygeon River

32 Bobcaygeon River

33 Entrance to Bobcaygeon River

34 Entrance (waterway) to Bobcaygeon

35 Sturgeon Lake

36 Sturgeon Lake - south shore

37 Sturgeon Lake

38 Fenelon River

39 Fenelon Falls

40 Bridge on Section 1, Simcoe - Balsam Lake Division; S.S. Empire

41 Dam #1 Simcoe - Balsam Lake

42 Severn River

43 Severn River below Severn bridge

44 Sparrow Lake

45 Gloucester Pool

46 Severn River

47 Severn River above Sparrow Lake

48 Severn River

Album #7: List

1 Two unidentified men, Bobcaygeon, 1920

2 Upper entrance to old lock, Bobcaygeon, 1920

3 Bobcaygeon Dam, 1920

4 Lock Pit, Bobcaygeon, 1921

5 Lock Pit, Bobcaygeon, 1921

6 Lock Pit, Bobcaygeon, 1921

7 Bobcaygeon Dam, 1921

8 Upper entrance to Lock at Bobcaygeon, 1921

9 Lock chamber, Bobcaygeon, 1921

10 Lock chamber, Bobcaygeon, 1921

11 Lower end of lock at Bobcaygeon,1921

12 Upper entrance to lock at Bobcaygeon, 1921

13 Upper entrance to lock at Bobcaygeon, 1921

14 Upper entrance to lock at Bobcaygeon, 1921

15-23 Nassau dam, 1921

24-27 Nassau dam, 1922

28 C.G.E. Power House, Nassau, 1922

29 Nassau, 1922

30 Nassau dam, 1922

31 Rock cut Severn River, 1922

32 Rock cut Severn River, 1922

33 Rock cut Severn River, 1922

34 Severn River, 1922

35 Big chute Power House Severn River,1922

36 Big chute Severn River, 1922

37 Dipper of a Bucyrus shovel, 1925

38 Erecting Bucyrus shovel, Welland Ship Canal, 1925

39 Drilling and blasting rock, PortColborne, Welland Ship Canal, 1925

40 Humberstone, Welland Ship Canal,1925

41 Rock Cut, Welland Ship Canal, 1925

42 Welland Ship Canal, Humberstone,1925

Album #7 Loose Photos:

43 Concrete break wall

44 Waste Weir, Kingston Mills Locks

45 Humberstone, 1925

46 Bobcaygeon, 1921

47 Bobcaygeon

48 Lock chamber, Bobcaygeon, 1921

49 Bobcaygeon, 1920

50 Bobcaygeon, 1921

51 Lock chamber, Bobcaygeon, 1921

52 Bobcaygeon, 1920

53 unidentified

54 unidentified

Added to Box 16 in the year 2015: One box of approximately 216 aperture cards, donated to Trent University Archives by Archives of Ontario via Carrie Limkilde. In 1981, the Archives of Ontario received these cards from Mrs. Seabourne Geale and Mr. Jack Rogers, the same people who donated the Geale-Rogers fonds to Trent University Archives. It is believed that the cards generally duplicate the photographs in the albums located in Box 16 (82-022).

Shelved in Map Cabinet - Drawer 7

C.E. Goad insurance plan of Peterborough, August 1882. Bound volume of 10 sheets. Key plan scale 500':01"; scale of plans 50':01".

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