Fonds 02-004 - Aureen Richardson fonds

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  • 1811-2000 (Creation)
    Richardson, Aureen

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3.5 m of textual records and other materials
ca. 1500 photographs : ca. 30 negatives
3 slides
2 computer disks

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Aureen Richardson was born 15 August 1931 and lived in Warkworth, Ontario. She married Raymond Richardson and had two sons, Raymond and Richard. She was a school teacher for 36 years, and, for 50 years, beginning in 1949, was a volunteer newspaper reporter for local newspapers on a variety of topics, including coverage of the community, churches, the disabled, local history, seniors' events, and travel. She was responsible for creating local and government interest in the erection of plaques dedicated to J.D. Kelly, St. James Anglican Church (Roseneath, Ontario), Alderville First Nation Reserve, John Weir Foote, Warkworth Cheese Country, and the Richardson archaeological site. Richardson also wrote three books, Weaving on the family loom: an anthology of Northumberland County families, Historic visions of J.D. Kelly, and Warkworth Cheese Country. From 1980 to 1986, she presented a regular four-minute "News of Northumberland" radio segment on CJBQ in Belleville, Ontario. Richardson inherited a rare neurological disease, familial spastic paraplegia, and was an advocate for the disabled throughout her life. She was a leader in Campbellford's "More Able Than Disabled" Club, was a member of the Quinte Writers' Guild and the Ontario Historical Society, and was a regular Elderhostel participant. Aureen Richardson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Trent University in 1974. She died 6 February 2015.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Aureen Richardson before it was donated to Trent University Archives via Aureen Richardson's son, Ray Richardson.

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Fonds consists of photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings related to Aureen Richardson and her family, and to her genealogical research and historical research on events and people in the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham and Hastings County.

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Some documents have been subjected to mold. Please handle all documents with care.

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Fonds acquired in 2002 from Ray Richardson.


The papers were entirely unorganized when acquired. They have been arranged by the archivist in subject and/or chronological order.

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Box 1


  1. Correspondence 1909, 1915, 1943-1966
  2. Correspondence 1970s
  3. Correspondence 1980-1986
  4. Correspondence 1987-1989
  5. Correspondence 1990-1992
  6. Correspondence 1993-1995
  7. Correspondence 1996-1997
  8. Correspondence 1998-2000
  9. Correspondence undated
  10. Greeting cards
  11. Greeting cards

Box 2


  1. Aureen Richardson: biography
  2. Richardson family: Aureen and Raymond Richardson's 25th, 40th, and 50th wedding anniversaries
  3. Richardson family: Christmas form letters, 1965-1991, 1997
  4. Richardson family: Rick (Aureen's son): letters, cards, etc.
  5. Richardson family: Ray (Aureen's son): letters, cards, etc.
  6. Richardson family: awards, certificates, diplomas
  7. Richardson family: Raymond's 80th birthday
  8. Richardson family: miscellaneous
  9. Richardson extended family:
    • diaries: Verda White, 1918, 1919
    • "Golden Wedding Anniversary Guests" book dated 1912-1962, Dartford, Ontario
    • postcard with transcription written by Frank Brown, n.d.
    • probate document relating to Arthur T. Richardson, 1960
    • document related to 40th anniversary of William James Richardson and Aureen Isobel Richardson
    • Thomas Richardson chair plaque (grandfather of Raymond)
    • family postcards 1908-1923
    • correspondence to Aureen Richardson re "Aunt Helen's estate", n.d.
    • Roswell Comstock/John Richardson deed, 1811 (original & photocopy)
    • David J. Richardson 1915 Horsemanship certificate (located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 40)
      10: "Common Prayer" book, 1865: "To Mrs. A. White from the Revd. W. [Masory] 12th July, 1874"
      "Common Prayer" book, n.d.: "John White gave this book to Verda White... July 1912 not long before his death"
      Loose in box: sports medals

Box 3


  1. Aureen Richardson: writings
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid. (includes 2 computer disks)
  5. Aureen and Raymond Richardson's "Weaving the family loom: an anthology of Northumberland County": newspaper articles re book launch, etc.
    Located on shelf beside Box 3: a copy of "Weaving the family loom" (also a catalogued copy in Trent Collection)
  6. Aureen Richardson: travel journals, articles about her travels, Elderhostel trips
  7. ibid.
  8. ibid.
  9. Aureen Richardson: notes
  10. ibid.
  11. ibid.
  12. ibid.
  13. Aureen Richardson: diaries
  14. Aureen Richardson, correspondence by
  15. Aureen Richardson: aphorisms
  16. Aureen Richardson: her illness
  17. Aureen Richardson: her illness; Campbellford District Rural Transportation Inc., 1990-1999
    18: ibid., 1995-1999

Box 4


1: Aureen Richardson: radio reporting for CJBQ, Belleville, 1980-1985

  1. Aureen Richardson: teaching
  2. Aureen Richardson, articles about
  3. Richardson farm archaeological site (includes 3 photographs) Trent University conducted two excavations - 1969 and 1976. Includes "The Richardson Site Preliminary Excavations June 1969" by Fred. B. Richardson and "A Preliminary Report on the 1976 Excavations at the Richardson Site (7ND12), BbG1-4" submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation by Robert J. Pearce, Trent University November 1976.

Box 5


  1. Bray family genealogy
  2. Brooking family genealogy
  3. Calnan family genealogy
  4. Ewing family genealogy
  5. Hubbel [Hubble] family genealogy
  6. ibid.
    Loose in box: Hubbel family genealogy (black binder)
  7. Losie family genealogy
  8. Richardson family genealogy
  9. Skinkle family genealogy
  10. Stickle family genealogy
  11. White family genealogy (includes original letters to and from Mrs. John White, 1932)
  12. Young family genealogy (includes documents related to William Henry Young estate, 1930)
  13. Miscellaneous genealogical materials relating to the following families: Kelly, Brenton, Brown, Climo, Osler, Weir, Babcock, Atkinson, Barnums, Marsden, Mason
  14. Miscellaneous genealogical materials relating to the following families: Cochrane, Watson, Kintzing, Clark, Campbell, etc.
    Loose in box: Miscellaneous genealogical materials (grey binder)

Box 6


  1. John David Kelly plaque & book by Aureen Richardson
  2. ibid.
  3. Richardson memorial plaque
  4. St. James Anglican Church, Roseneath plaque
  5. Major John Weir Foote plaque, 1970-1991
    Loose in box: Major John Weir Foote plaque scrapbook

Box 7


  1. Crafts, tatting
  2. Church cookbooks
  3. Quinte Writers' Guild, 1980-1992
  4. Warkworth Improvement Committee, 1980-1983
  5. Warkworth Cheese Country plaque & book
  6. Music festivals, 1966-1990
  7. Schools: S.S. #10 Percy register (1930s) & cash book (1949-1964); S.S. #6 Percy clippings; Norwood
  8. Miscellaneous:
    • Map of Percy Township: Percy Township Road Directory. 1:50,000, 55cm x 37cm, original, produced by Warkworth Community Service Club, 1992
    • Farm Record and Reference Guide, Alberta edition, 1938-9: entries dated 1937-1945; also notes referring to the ending of WW II
    • list of wardens of Northumberland and Durham Counties, 1851-1967
    • newspaper article of Alnwick Township Honour Rolls, WW I, WW II, and Korean Conflict
    • handwritten poems, mostly of a religious nature
    • Canadian Pay Book for use on Active Service, Army Book, belonging to W.M. Bailey, 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion, n.d.
    • Pay Book, Canadian Expeditionary Force, belonging to W.M. Bailey, 1917
    • notebook belonging to Stewart S. Clysdale, Norwood, Ontario: list of wages for various people 1962, lists of food, etc.
    • Methodist Church yearly membership cards for Chas. McClary and Mrs. Chas. McClary, 1923
    • Alderville War Memorial, near Roseneath, postcard
      -Camp Iona: The Presbyterian Church in Canada postcard
    • The Crystal Palace, Picton, Ontario postcard

Box 8

Photographs [1800s - 1920]:

Album 1: entire album is of unidentified people, except for one identified male, Samuel McCleary

Album 2: "Miss M. Ewing" on cover; "Mrs. Margaret Richardson, Brighton, Jan. 1918" on inside cover; this album has several identified people: Eunice Ewing Gould; Rosa Stickle; B.F. Ewing, Brighton; Sloan, Sarah & Minie Patterson; Mrs. Isabell Alger; W.E. Bartlett & D. Ewing; R.D. Ewing; [C.]A. Richardson; Mrs. H. Story, Brighton; N. Johnson, Prince Edward, Ont.; Mr. & Mrs. Alen Spiers, Warkworth; James Alger; Fra. Ewing; Frank Kelley; N. Richardson; William Waller, Frankford; Mrs. William Waller; David Ewing; Almira Patterson; E. Bentley, Stouffville; Harry Crawford, Detroit; A. Gould, Brougham, Ont.; Peter Spiers; etc.

Album 3: photographs of unidentified people, especially young couples; a few photos are identified as being near Cobourg, i.e. Cobourg Hospital [1918-1920]

Album 4: photographs of unidentified people; several photographs have horses and carriages, and farm machinery [1918-1920]

Envelope 1:
1 - 25: unidentified people

Envelope 2:
26 - 40c unidentified people (note: #40c is a tintype of a woman)

Envelope 3:
41 - 81 (note: #s 68-70, 78 are photocopies) unidentified people except for the following:
75: 3 men having a picnic at lake shore
76: large ornately designed house with horse and carriage and several people situated in front
77: horse and man
78: several horses and horse-drawn carts loaded with cargo; also several people, and large building in background
79 - 80: cows
81: 2 cats seated on ornate chair

Envelope 4:
82 - 92: Arthur Richardson (#'s 90-92 are of Arthur in a barbershop)

Loose in box:
93: Arthur Richardson, 139th Battalion (photograph of several men in uniform)

Envelope 5:
94: Becky Richardson Ritchie
95: Carleton Richardson
96: Mr. & Mrs. D. Richardson, Dartforth, 1905 or 1906
97: Sadie Richardson
98: Sarah Jane Richardson
99: Isabel Richardson Bellring
100: Isabel Richardson
101: Isabel Richardson
102: David Richardson
103: David, Arthur, Isabel, and Fred [Richardson]; Bertha Wilson; Hattie Rosevear

Loose in box:
104: Arthur, Fred, David, Becky, Carleton, and Isabel [Richardson]
105: Richardson family: Rebecca, Carleton, Arthur, David, Isabel, Fred

Envelope 6:
106: Elwood & Talbert Skinkle
107: Mr. & Mrs. William Kelly, Sarah Richardson, Grace Potter
108: Will Kelly family
109: several people, taken at the Bailey home
110: ibid.
111: Truman, Hattie Rosenear, Mary Ewing
112: Emma [ ], Jane White, Maude Turk, Mary Ann Bray Pillage, Sarah Elliot, James Pillage
113: Thomas Bray, Betsy Anne Stevens
114: Liddy Mongronery
115: Pearl Rutherford McDonall
116: Mary Ewing, Hattie White
117: Marvin Bailey
118: Artie Wilson
119: Alex Ritchie
120: Dr. A.M. Ritchie

Envelope 7:
121: Beatrice Hutchinson
122: unidentified
123: unidentified
124: Carleton & Becky Richardson
125: unidentified
126: unidentified
127: Simmons, son of Susan Young
128: Frank Brown
129: Mary & John
130: 4 sisters just before Jane White's death
131: Verda Brown & Hazel Skinkle
132: Mom & Uncle Ray
133: Ernest & Carrie Brisher Stickle
134: [Rev. Harry Frost]
135: Eliza Yonge
136: Will Stickles
137: Bruce Hopkins
138: Elda Thomas
139: Mr. & Mrs. H. Kinnear
140: Mrs. Shannon
141-142: Mrs. James Frost; grandmother of the late Harry
143: Vincent Jones Brickley
144: M.A. Crawford
145: Clare Cunningham twins

Envelope 8:
146: William [ ] Pollock
147: twin sisters of Wilbert Hoar
148: Miss Bell
149: Mrs. Dave Simmons' brother
150: Mr. & Mrs. John White
151: Clare
152: [ ], Mary, Jim
153: Mr. & Mrs. Wm Young, Sarah Richardson, Gertrude Campbell
154: 1906 Wedding, David Richardson & Sarah Young, with other members of wedding party
155: Aunt Alice, mother, Aunt Blanche
156: Ernest Stickle
157: Eunice Dolittle
158: Hellen & Jack Ewing
159: Margaret Ewing Richardson (photocopy)
160: Margaret Ewing Richardson
161: B.F. Ewing & family
162: ibid. (photocopy)
163: Maggie Blake, Andrew & Mrs. Blake
164: Sarah Young, Bertha White, Isabel Richardson, Grace McCracken, Gertrude [ ]
165: Alec Ritchie, Call of Dentists (several men in a group)
Note: numbers 166-177 are photocopies)
166: Mr. & Mrs. Crawford
167: Thomas Richardson & Margaret Ewing family
168: Jane Pillage & John White
169: Betsy Ann Stephens Bray
170: Thomas Bray
171: Elizabeth Brenton Brown
172: William & Catharine White, John & Jane White, Jim Long, Hilton, Verda & Lloyd
173: Richardson couple
174: Mrs. John Skinkle II, Catherine White, Alice McBride, Thomas McBride, Viola Clarke
175: 4 generations of Greenlys
176: Dr. Nicholas Dennis Richards & Dr. James Nelson Richards
177: sisters of Dr. N.D. Richards
178: Jim Young
179: Mrs. Thomas Bray
180: Thomas Bray
181: Ewing family 1906
182: John Skinkle
183: Amarella Babcock Skinkle
184-186: Amarella & John Skinkle

Loose in box:
178: Wedding photo 1906: Rev. C.W. Barrett, Ernest Stickles, Isabel Richardson, Clara Ewing
179: School class photograph [possibly SS#10 Percy Township]; on back is written Miss Margaret Ewing School

Envelope 9:
180: Anglican picnic, Idlewild
181: group photo, "Percy Boom", 1908
182: group photo of men in uniform; caption reads "dinner served by I.O.D.E. to Brighton O.E.CT. of. 139 Bat at home F.A. Philp, Colborne Ont."
183: Woodvale School class photo, 1905 (photocopy)
184: Continuation School, Chatsworth, Ont.
185: Dartford, Ont. (church)
186: Old Springs (church)
187: "Kings Plate" postcard; inscription on back reads "Tom Frast won the Breeder's Steak about 1943"

Box 9

Note: The photograph albums include loosely inserted photographs, clippings, cards, etc., some dated earlier than 1920

Album 1: unidentified people

Album 2: several photographs related to St. James Anglican Church (Roseneath), i.e. interior and exterior shots, and events and people associated with the Church

Album 3: unidentified people and events, several with children, school events, etc.

Album 4: (loose pages from an album) Aureen and Raymond Richardson's wedding photographs; several photographs of groups of people, i.e. children, families, weddings, [First Communion/Confirmation church events], etc.

Album 5: RCAF memorial service, etc.

Album 6: Richardson Site plaque ceremony

Album 7a: travel photographs
Album 7b: travel photographs
Album 7c: church congregation/choir photographs, St. James Anglican Church exterior, etc.

Envelope 1-4,
plus one photograph loose in box:
Richardson family including Aureen, Raymond, their sons, Raymond and Richard, and their grandchildren (the photographs depict weddings, travel, Aureen (as teacher) in a school class photograph 1961, Aureen's Trent University graduation, etc. (ca. 180 photographs))

Envelope 5:
Richardson family home (ca. 20 photographs)

Envelope 6:
Crafts; also photographs of wedding cake, etc.

Envelope 7:
Memorial stones, plaques (misc.)

Envelope 8:
Travel & scenery photographs (includes one photograph of a small boat entitled "Diving for a penny")

Envelope 9:
Horses, pigs, cows photographs

Envelope 10:
1: Audrey Wentworth
2: Ken May
3: White family & Jim Long
4: Grandma White, John, Mary, Dad, Gene
5: Ed's boy, Roy
6: Neta, Mom, Nella, Larry
7&8: Marjorie admiring her Great Uncle Carleton
9: Kerri Anne McCleary & Gregory Langford
10: John & Marg
11: Mom, Verda Brown, Mary Bellamy
12: Ralph, Ray, Bill White, etc.
13: Nancy Haig, Neil Johnston
14: Faith Atkinson, Leslie Caton, Anthony Cunningham
15: Timothy Bishop, John Postma, Roger Bulman
16: Joanne Finlay, Karen Ferguson, Marlene Jones
17: Everett T., Olive T., Verda B.
18: Shein & Rob
19: Matthew
20: Norma Yeats
21: Alan, Gary, John, Lois White
22: Jack & Bernice Ferguson
23: Mom's wedding
24: Mom & George Skinkle, Nellie & Charlie Hunter
25: White family
26: Mary & John
27: Uncle Hillon
28: Mary Bell[ ]
29: Mary & Claude
30: Mary, John, Mom, & Gene
31: Frank Brown, McEachran
32: Jane White
33: Ray Mackie wedding
34: Gene's baptismal
35: Mom for Halloween
36: Mom & Dad, previous to marriage
37: Bishop Buel[ ] & Gordon
38: Gordon & Elmer Sweet
39: Helen Atkinson, Howard Atkinson, Betty Atkinson, Robert Atkinson
40: Graves & Atkinson family
41: Auril's children, Blair, Misha, Jasmine, Josh
42: Joyce & Elmer Sweet
43: Farn family
44-45: Angela Wagner
46: Angela Wagner & her Dad
47: Noreen, Helen, Neil
48: Percy Campbell
49: [ ] & Janice Arbuckle
50: Borden Campbell
51: Dr. John Young, Prof. Ray March at Trent University convocation 1989
52: Garnet & Jean Skinkle's family
53: White cousins
Note: (numbers 54-61 are photocopies)
54: Eric McKague
55: Margaret McKague
56: Clarence, Eric & Wilfrid McKague
57: S.A. Wilson at C.N.E. 1917
58: McKague, Honey, & Wilson family
59: Bill Bowen, Clarence & Eric McKague
60: Wilfrid McKague, Bill Bowen, Clarence & Eric McKague
61: Sarah Young Richardson
62: Clarke & Mable Sweet, Mom, Aunt Mary
63: Suzanne Marie & Sara Jeanne
64: Verda White Brown (photocopy)
65: Verda White Brown
66: David Richardson & Ray Eugene (photocopy)
67: Nelda Beavis, Gene Smith, Verda Brown, Aureen Richardson (photocopy)
68: Myrna Ellard
69: James Long
70-74: Northumberland Farm Forum, 1954
75: 50th Anniversary of Roseneath Women's Institute
76: Claremont 1957 group photo of several people all identified: includes last names of Saracuse, Ashenhurst, Munro, Coulter, Blair, Brown, Whaley, Cunningham, McEvoy, Japp, Archer, Chisolm, Thackeray, Thompson, Hergott, Gay, Moorcroft, Morrow
77: Warkworth High School 1922 class photograph (photocopy)
78: Warkworth High School 19[ ] class photograph (photocopy)

Envelope 11-13:
Unidentified people, events, etc. (ca. 175 photographs)

Envelope 14:
Unidentified buildings

Envelope 15:
Miscellaneous negatives, 3 slides

Loose on shelf:

High school yearbooks

  • East Northumberland Secondary School, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, Silver Anniversary Edition 1955-80
  • Campbellford District High School (Trent), 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School (Patter), 1970, 1972, 1973
  • Belleville Collegiate Institute & Vocational School (Elevator), 1972-73, 1973-74
  • Quinte Secondary School (Quintessence), 1976, 1976-77, 1978, Silver Anniversary Edition 1954-1979 (2 different anniversary editions)


1-15 plus a large pile of loose scrapbook pages: the scrapbooks are comprised of original and photocopied materials related to Aureen Richardson, her family, and her historical research; the materials include greeting cards, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, historical documents, family documents, brochures, pamphlets

A few of the scrapbooks have themes/significant documents: these are listed below:
4: music festivals
5: Royal Military College/Raymond's graduation
6: music festivals
7: crocheting
8: numerous pages of photographs related to family holidays, and extended family members; includes a Trent University First Summer Session class photograph 1968
12: this book is a Brickley Cheese Factory ledger, 1891-1895, that has had some ledger pages pasted over with scrapbook items; two pages are of 1894 minutes of the cheese factory and Jas. Oliver is listed as one of the directors; one entry is for Thomas Richardson
13: this book is a Ledger with the inscription "J.R. H[ ]" on the front cover; the ledger is dated 1851-1866 and lists hardware/building items in the accounting transactions; the first half of the ledger has been pasted over with scrapbook items
14: loose scrapbook pages from one scrapbook, placed in a folder
15: students' letters of request for a plaque to commemorate Dr. Allen Dafoe

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 40

  • David J. Richardson's Beery School of Horsmanship certificate 1915
  • Photograph (framed): Cobourg Collegiate Institute, 1947-48

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