Fonds 80-022 - Northway family fonds

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Northway family fonds

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    • 1934-1979 (Creation)
      Northway family

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    91 cm of textual records
    2 audio cassettes
    1 audio reel
    1 pin
    1 tea cloth

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    John Northway was born August 17, 1848, at Leat, near Lifton, England, the eldest son of Thomas Neathern Northway and Grace Doidge. In 1868, John left England for New York, where he was soon relieved of his watch and money. Disenchanted, he made his way to Canada, and went to work for a tailor in Embro, Ontario. From this inauspicious beginning, Northway, using his sound business judgement, became, not just a tailor "on the floor" of a shop, but, by 1901, a merchant, manufacturer and financier with partnerships throughout the province and investments throughout the continent. Having achieved success, Northway sent his children to the best schools, and provided for them the formal education he had never received. John Northway founded two main companies: The Northway Company Limited, and John Northway and Son Limited. Upon his death in 1926, leadership of these two firms fell to his sons, A. Garfield and John A. respectively, under whose direction expansion and later retraction was carried out. The factory, begun in 1896 to supply the companies, was closed down in 1930. John Northway and Sons Limited came to have three stores in Toronto, and one each in Hamilton and Stratford. In 1957, this company bought the Brantford outlet of the Northway Company Limited, which A.G. Norhtway, who foresaw no successor, had been gradually disposing of. In January 1960, A.G. Northway died, and The Northway Company Limited was put into voluntary liquidation by its directors. In November 1960, the directors of John Northway and Sons Limited sold the company to outside interests. It has since disappeared. Dr. Mary Louise Northway, born in 1909, was the daughter of A. Garfield Northway and Mary McKellar and the granddaughter of John Northway, founder of the Northway Company Limited and John Northway and Son Limited. Mary was educated in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto, B.A. 1933, M.A. 1934, and Ph.D. 1938. In addition, Mary did graduate work at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Northway taught psychology at the University of Toronto from 1934 to 1968, and the last fifteen years of her tenure were as Supervisor of Research at the Institute of Child Study. She also earned international recognition as a pioneer in the field of Sociometry. From 1950 to 1963, she was the president of the Northway Company Limited. Among the many honours bestowed upon Dr. Northway were: Fellow of the Canadian Psycological Association, Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camping Association, and an Honorary Degree from Trent University in 1979. Throughout her life, Mary was involved in camping and she believed in the value of Canadian summer camping and tripping. She was the program director of Glen Bernard Camp from 1930 to 1939 and, with Flora Morrison, was co-director of their own girls' camp, Windy Pine Point, from 1941 to 1950. Dr. Mary L. Northway died in 1987. In her will she left to Trent University its largest private benefaction to be known as the Northway Bequest in memory of her father, Garfield Northway, provising permanent support towards a number of areas, including the facilities for the Trent University Archives. (Information taken from a plaque commemorating the dedication of the Northway Reading Room which was written by the Trent University Archivist, Bernadine Dodge.)

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    This fonds was created by and in the custody of Dr. Mary L. Northway until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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    This addition to the fonds consists of the records of Dr. Mary L. Northway which include: household records, tape recordings regarding family genealogy, property records, records of her participation in the Ontario Camping and Canadian Camping Associations. There are also miscellaneous records concerning the winding-up of the Northway Company Limited of which Dr. Mary Northway was president.

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    The fonds was donated by Dr. Mary L. Northway.


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        For related records see: Mary Louise Northway fonds (96-006 and 99-1006), Northway Company Ltd fonds (70-003), the Canadian Camping Association fonds, the Society of Camp Directors fonds, and the Ontario Camping Association fonds.


        Additions to the fonds include 86-009, and 90-016.

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        Box 1


        1: -Christmas Lists 1961-1968

        2: -correspondence, January-June 1965

        3: -correspondence, July-December 1965

        4: -receipts, invoices and household

        5: -accounts 1965 : -receipts, invoices and accounts 1965

        6: -correspondence, January-June 1966

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        1: -correspondence, July-December 1966

        2: -receipts, invoices and account 1966

        3: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1966

        4: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1966
        -Three Bank of Scotland bank books

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        1: -correspondence, January-June 1967

        2: -correspondence, July-December 1967

        3: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1967

        4: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1967

        5: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1967

        6: -correspondence, January-June 1968

        7: -correspondence, July-December 1968

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        1: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1968

        2: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1968

        3: -correspondence, January-June 1969

        4: -correspondence, July-December 1969

        5: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1969

        6: -receipts, invoices and accounts 1969

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        1: -income tax and Canada Pension Fund 1970

        2: -household bills 1971

        3: -household bills 1972

        4: -Miscellaneous documents -University of Toronto academic transcript -Personal memorandum March 1960 -Agreement form with Canada Permanent Trust 17 September 1963 -Northern Trust indenture 22 July 1968 -Deed and survey map of 265 and 267 Rosedale, Toronto -Deeds of three Crown Land lots in Stanhope Township, Haliburton County -Grant of Easement for distribution lines to Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario

        5: -Canadian Camping Association Outdoor Education Committee 1964-1969 -Correspondence, minutes of meeting and conferences -Articles on outdoor education by Mary Northway, Flora Morrison and others

        6: -Canadian Camping Association Editorial Committee -Correspondence and minutes of meetings 1968-1970

        Box 6


        1: -Ontario Camping Association -Correspondence and minutes 1964-1967

        2: -Ontario Camping Association -Correspondence and minutes 1968-1970 -Minutes of annual meeting 10 April 1979

        3: -Society of Camp Directors 1963-1969 (J.H. Ebbs Committee) -Miscellaneous correspondence and reports relating to studies of the young child and camping -Discussion of the multiple drownings in a single accident on Lake Temiskaming in Spring 1978

        4: -Mary L. Northway -correspondence and documents 1948-1961 -relating to the sale of her property on 164 Mill Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario

        5: -Miscellaneous family documents -Marriage certificate -A.G. Northway and Lucy McKellar -Jessie Stewart Hope -birth certificate -Lucy M. Northway -letters of Administration -A. G. Northway -account relating to a house on Roxborough Street -Release regarding the John Northway estate 15 Oct 1936 -Funeral expenses of Jessie Northway 1958 -Releases and indemnity of A.G. Northway estate 22 May 1963; 25 May 1964 -John Northway's will and clearance of the Northway Company Pension Trust Fund

        6: -Mary Pitts, three tapes -Twenty-Five Year Club of Northway Company pin -Northway towel

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        1: -Northway Company Limited -original minute book 26 March 1946 to 23 May 1962 -Minutes and by-laws

        2: -Miscellaneous documents relating to the Voluntary Liquidation of the Northway Company -Surrender of Letters Patent of Northway, Dempsey Company and Northway Rush Company -Orillia store deed and lease

        3: -Dry-mounted black and white photograph, circa 1934 -Grandma Northway (Catherine McKay), Jessie and A. Garfield Northway, at their summer place, Nominigan, Algonquin Park, Ontario

        Box 8


        1: -correspondence 1959-1960

        2: -correspondence 1962

        3: -correspondence 1963

        4: -correspondence 1964

        5: -A.G. Northway -stock book 1952-1960

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