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Accession Number: 77-025

Title

Cecil Gray Frost fonds. -- 1923-1947. -- 30 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Cecil Grey Frost, younger brother of the Honourable Leslie M. Frost, was born in Orillia, Ontario, on August 27, 1897. His father, William Sword Frost, operated a jewellery and watchmaking business in Orillia, and as Mayor, introduced the concept of daylight saving time to the municipality. Cecil Grey Frost served overseas with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps during the World War I. When he returned to Canada, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated in 1921. He and his brother Leslie then opened a legal firm in Lindsay, Ontario, and both soon became active in local Conservative Politics. This led to Cecil's election in 1936 as Mayor of Lindsay, and in 1937 to the Presidency of the Ontario Conservative Association, As well, he organized and managed Earl Rowe's campaign in the provincial election of 1937. Thought of as a potential party leader himself, Cecil Grey Frost remained politically active until his sudden death on June 8, 1947.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Cecil Grey Frost until his death in 1947 after which his brother, the Honourable Leslie M. Frost, assumed ownership of the fonds. The fonds was part of a bequest to the Trent University Archives by Honourable Leslie M. Frost.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence, reports, notes and other records relating to the provincial election of 1937, federal election of 1940, Progressive Conservative party conventions of 1938 and 1942, Port Hope conference of 1942, meetings of the Dominion Conservative party in 1944 and 1946. It also includes material regarding the murder trial of John Schell, 1923-25 (C.G. Frost most important early case) and to municipal and school board affairs, Lindsay, 1936-47.

Notes

Title based on the creator of the fonds. The fonds was bequested to Trent University in the last will and testament of Leslie M. Frost.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 77-024, 77-027, 75-014 and 72-002. A large panoramic photograph of the delegates of the 1942 Conservative Conference at Port Hope was removed in approximately 1978 to be stored flat. It was unmarked with its' accession number at the time and became reaccessioned as 95-1013.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder

1. Rex vs. John Schell - correspondence, Oct. 1923 - April 1925, relating to the trial for murder of John Schell; including some correspondence with T.H. Stinson (see 75-001). - depositions of witnesses and notes relating to the case.

2. Municipal Problems Including Area School Board, 1936-47 - correspondence, Oct. 1945 - Feb. 1947, re: teacher's salaries; proposed Victoria County High School District. - financial reports, Lindsay Public Schools, 1938, 1939, 1942 and 1944 and Lindsay Collegiate Institute, 1938, 1942, 1944 - material relating to the finances and industry of the town of Lindsay, nd.; 31 Dec. 1941

3. Labour Relations and the Conservative Party - correspondence, May 1937, re: Liberal- Conservative campaign - resolutions of the Ontario Conservative Association Convention, 8-9 Dec. 1938 - statement by Earl Rowe re: the Liberal-Conservative Party's stand on Labor, nd.

4. 1937 Campaign and the Conservative Party - correspondence, Dec. 1936 - Jan 1937; Sept. 1937 - notes, speeches

5. Letters Following the 1937 Provincial Election - correspondence, Oct - dec 1937

6. 1938 Provincial Convention - Notes by G.G.F. and Correspondence - correspondence, Sept. - Dec. 1938; Oct 1939 - Jan 1940 - report of election committee, nd. - notes; lists of Conservative Party members and candidates

Box 2

Folder

1. Federal Campaign 1940 - correspondence, Sept 1939 - March 1940 - speeches, including "Freedom id the Issue", by C.G.F.

2. Correspondence with Colonel Hooper, George A. Drew's Ontario Organizer - correspondence with Col. Bertram O. Hopper, George Drew and others, Nov 1940 - July 1941 - memoranda for the president and the leader, Jan 1941 - notes re: candidates, states' rights, Canadian Unity - list of executive of the association as at 1 June 1941

3. 1941 Organization - correspondence, April 1940 - Jan 1941 - "Agriculture in Wartime", speech by C.G.F. 4 Dec 1941 - material re: meeting of Conservative members in Montreal, 11-12 Jan 1941 (private and confidential)

4. The Port Hpe Conference 1942 - correspondence, Aug 1942 - lists of delegates and of executives of local associations - "Comments on the Port Hope Resolutions" - Policy of the Progressive Conservative Party, adopted at the national convention, Winnipeg, 9-11 Dec 1942 - speeches, reports

5. Port Hope Conference and Winnipeg Convention, 1942 - correspondence Aug 1967 - 1972, Leslie M. Frost, re: the Port Hope Conference - list of Conservatives in attendance at the Port Hope Conference, 5-7 Sept 1942 - "The Port Hope Proposals" - photograph of delegates at Port Hope (removed for storage purposes)

6. Winnipeg Convention 1942 and the Resolution Committee - correspondence, Dec 1942; Feb 1944 - notes on the national convention, 9-11 Dec 1942 - resolution re: health insurance - material re: social security, labor and the war; post- war building programme and private industry (Jan 20 1944) - Conservative Creed

7. 1943 Provincial Campaign - memorandum by Leslie M. Frost

8. Ottawa Meeting of the Dominion Conservative Part 1944 - correspondence, Dec 1943 - Jan 1944 - memorandum, C.G. Frost to members of the Resolution and Policy Committee, 25 Nov 1942 - Policy Resolution adopted by the national Conservative Party at the National Convention, Winnipeg, 9-11 Dec 1942

9. Ottawa Meeting of the Dominion Conservative Party 1946 - memorandum 6 April 1946, to members of the Progressive Conservative Association re: attached minutes, 1946

10. Miscellaneous Items including some particulars of fishing trips which had political connotations - correspondence, April - May 1941; April 1942; April 1945, with A. Kelso Roberts and Roland Michener re: fishing trips - constitution of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Association, nd. - speeches and notes by C.G.F.

11. Fishing Trips with political connotations - correspondence April - June 1946 re: arrangements and accounts - statements, Byers Lake Association, 1943; 1945

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