Fonds 77-025 - Cecil Gray Frost fonds

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Cecil Gray Frost fonds

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    • 1923-1947 (Creation)
      Frost, Cecil Gray

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    30 cm of textual records

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    Biographical 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 8 June 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 Trent University Archives by Honourable Leslie M. Frost.

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    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.

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


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        For related records, see the Leslie M. Frost fonds (77-024), Leslie M. Frost and Cecil G. Frost fonds (77-027), Harry M. Robbins fonds (75-014), and Progressive Conservative Association of Ontario fonds (72-002).

        Associated material located at the Queen's University Archives in Kingston, Ontario.


        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 was re-accessioned as 95-1013.

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