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Professor Ross Irwin fonds
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1.2 m of textual records
ca. 436 photographs : 266 slides
ca. 200 maps
260 aperture cards
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Ross Irwin was born in the Village of Cambray, Victoria County, in 1921. In 1929 his family moved to the Village of Oakwood in the Township of Mariposa. He joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1942 and served in Italy and Northwest Europe. Following his discharge in 1946 he worked in Peterborough for a short time and then enrolled in the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph in 1947. Upon graduation he received an appointment to the faculty of the College. Later he became a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. Ross married Doreen Webster of Oakwood in 1949 and they have two children. (Taken from: Mariposa: The Banner Township. Lindsay, Ontario: Ross Irwin Enterprises, 1984.)
This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Ross Irwin before being donated to Trent University Archives.
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This fonds consists of research materials collected by Professor Irwin for his book on Mariposa Township, Victoria County. Material added August 1992 includes a copy of Mariposa: The Banner Township and a series of 8 scrapbooks created by Mrs. Alex McIntyre of Oakwood, Ontario and donated via Professor Irwin. Additions of 1994 include slides of Lindsay, Ontario and other scenes in Victoria County taken in approximately the 1960s. Additions of 2002 include 2 notebooks of Robert Irwin, Cambray. Genealogical resource. Additions of 2010 include studio portraits of ancestral family members. Additions of 2012 include items related to the history of the Wakelin family and a scribbler with house-building notes.
Some of the maps and all of the scrapbooks are in very brittle condition. Handle with care and do not photocopy.
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This fonds was donated by Professor Ross Irwin.
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The originals of some of the material are located at Library and Archives Canada and the Archives of Ontario.
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Associated materials located at the University of Guelph Archives.
For related records see: 74-005, 83-007, 88-012,90-005 and 91-1021.
Some maps are produced in a newspaper-like copy and have not been placed on the map list. Please see the various folders in Boxes 1 and 2 for this style of map. Note: The maps are on one side of the paper and Bylaws are printed on the opposite side.
Ancestral portraits are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 52.
2: Bexely and Laxton Townships
4: Brock Township
6: Cartwright Twp.
7: Charles Heels Railroad series
8: Communication and Roads
9: East Oakwood
10: Eden and Linden Valley
12: Eldon Twp.
13: Emily Twp.
14: Fenelon Twp.
16: Haliburton County
17: Life Style
19: Little Britain
22: Mariposa Twp.
23: Mariposa Twp.
3: Oakwood maps
4: Ontario County
5: Ops Twp.
8: Railways and Transportation
10: Salem and Cresswell
12: Sir Sam Hughes series
13: Somerville Twp.
14: Sonya and Seagrave
15: Taylors Corners
16: Valentia and Port Hoover
17: Verulam Twp.
18: Victoria County
County of Victoria Roads Needs Study Report,1965-75
Aggregate Resources Inventory, Mariposa, 1980
Files of Historic Newspapers
Advertising brochures of local area
Journal of the County of Victoria for 1898(2 copies)
List of electors, Mariposa Twp., for 1978and 1982
Auditors report for Mariposa Twp. for 1897 (2 copies), 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1919, 1920 (2 copies)
Detailed statement of receipts and expenditures for the years 1889, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897 (3 copies), 1899 (2 copies), 1900, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909-1928, 1930-1934.
List of voters Mariposa Twp. for the years 1896-1900, 1902-1908, 1910-1926, 1928, 1929, 1949
List of voters Fenelon Twp. 1896, 1898, 1899
List of voters Ops Twp. 1896, 1927
List of voters, Village of Woodville 1898-1900,1930
List of voters Brock Twp. 1896, 1898
List of voters Reach Twp. 1897, 1898, 1899,1900
List of voters Village of Cannington 1930
List of voters Cartwright Twp. 1899
List of voters Town of Lindsay 1899
Book Mariposa The Banner Township, 1984
File of primary information used in the book
sources of village names
other documents, forms, etc in small box
photographs in box, not identified, most captions in book
Poetical Directory of Victoria County, A.G.Churchill, 1860 (a photographic copy of this rare item)
Parks Canada: Historic Structures of the Trent-Severn Waterway, MS Rpt 283, 1978
Towards a History of the Kawartha-Otonabee Sector of the Trent-Severn Waterway, MS Rpt 358, 1980
Preliminary History of Fenelon Falls Lock Station, RB 93, 1978
Preliminary History of Fenelon Falls LockStation, 1983
The Site of Bobcageon, RB 95, 1987
Preliminary History of Bobcageon Lock Station, nd
Debate and Procrastination: Newspaper Opinion about the Trent Canal in the Later 19th Century, RB 147, 1980 (2 copies)
Bibliography of Trade Catalogues, 1800-1880, RB 217, 1984
Resource Guide to the Trent-Severn Waterway, nd
The Birch Canoe, Ontario Department of Lands and Forests, 1961
Canals, Navigation, 1959, Department of Transport, Canals Division
History of Lindsay Forest District, DHS 18, 1965 Department of Lands and Forests
Soil Survey of Victoria County, Report 25, 1957, Canadian Department of Agriculture
Surficial Geology of the Lindsay-Peterborough Area, GSC Memoir 288, 1957
A.E. Silverwood Estate, 1977, (Silverwood Dairies)
Watershed management strategy, Kawartha Region Conservation Authority, 1982
Sylvester Auto-Thresher, Lindsay, Tech Rpt 126-65, 1983
Review of Land Drainage in Ontario, Tech Rpt 7, 1961
Ontario's Threshing machine Industry, Tech Rpt 30, 1974
Package of Victoria County and other publicity brochures
Grist and Flour Mills in Ontario 1780-1880. MRN 201, 1976
Colonization Roads in Canada West, 1850-18671957
Woodville Advocate, 1884-1984
Reminiscences of Highland Pioneers in Eldon, OHS 1920 Founding Kirkfield, OHS 1918 Woodville Village Incorporation, 1884
-Scugog Lake bridge, 1847
Historical Sketch of Victoria County, 1881
North Kawartha Times (Last Issue) Aug 14,1991
Index to newspapers
The Telephone Man, 1977
The Manilla Messenger, Jan. Mar. June 1985
Oakwood United Church Report, 1984
Agricultural Contribution to Fertilization of Canal Lake, 1969
Little Britain School, 1846-1972
Pages from 1900 Farmers Directory produced in Ingersoll
Peterborough: from Canada: Past, Present and Future, 1849
Argyle, A Pioneer Village, 1976
Faithful Brethren Lodge AF&AM 77 Lindsay,1857-1957
Victoria County 125th Anniversary, 1986
Photocopies of old letters
Mariposa Landholders 1839-40
File of Miscellaneous History items
File of Maps and Documents from MariposaBook
Ross Irwin Scrapbook of local news
- Photographs; many used in Mariposa: The Banner Township
series of 8 scrapbooks complied by the Jenkins-McIntyre family of Oakwood, Ontario.
The Jenkins-McIntyre clippings cover the 1940s, 50s with some entries earlier or later. Mostly births and deaths from Oakwood, Little Britain and Mariposa Twp.,
Lindsay Fair 1962 13, 1962 22
Toronto Exhibition 1960 3, 1962 11, 63 2,64 34
Lindsay Orange Parade 1961 6, 1962 6
Piggyland (Sunderland, Ontario scam) 1962 7
Malton Airport 1962 9
Oakwood School Fair 1962 1
Lindsay Lions Parade 1962 7
Midland/Port McNichol 13
Peterborough Plowing Match 1964 6
Beaverton train wreck 1964 6
Fenelon Falls 1962/64 8
Port Perry 7
Burleigh Falls 1967 5
Buttermilk Falls 1962 5
Emily Park 1965 1
Haliburton Village and County 36
Northern Scene 34
Additions received 2002 (located in Box 7
Note: Robert Irwin (d. 1920) emigrated from Co. Cavan, Ireland in 1850 and settled on Lot 11, Con III, Fenelon Township in 1853. He and his brother James were active in the establishment of Burns Presbyterian Church in the village of [Cambray]. They met in the Union Meeting Hall until they opened their Canada Presbyterian Church in 1854. It closed in 1914. Further genealogical information relating to the two notebooks is as follows: John and Frank Saunderson, Souris, MB, were sons-in-law; Leonard Irwin, Fenelon Twp., married Robert's daughter; JKI is John King Irwin, son of Robert and IMI is Isabella, his wife (the above information supplied by Ross Irwin, November 27, 2002).
Notebook 1: -1915, includes recipe for deafness December 26, 1859 ; list of purchases with costs December 25, 1867; Presbyterian baptisms at the Union Meeting Hall, July 31, 1858 to August 8, 1865 (see Appendix 1 for a list of the baptisms); Church subscription list before 1890; Motion to call Rev. J.R. Scott, 1870, etc.
Notebook 2: includes subscriptions for Cambray Presbyterian Church,  and ; hospital and burial expenses by Robert's son John for Robert's burial, 1920, etc. (Note: Robert died at Port Hope and is buried in Eden Cemetery, Mariposa Township).
Additions received 2010 (located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 52)
Portraits of family members:
Robert Irwin and Sarah King (farmed in Fenelon Township)
John King Irwin, 17 December 1849 - 29 July 1929 (farmed in Fenelon Township)
Isabella Matheson Rodgers, 29 July 1855 - 6 May 1940 (farmed in Fenelon Township)
James Rodgers, [1828-?] and Mary Moffatt [1834-?] (farmed in Fenelon Township; were the parents of Isabella Matheson Rodgers)
Myrtle Wakelin (mother of Ross W. Irwin), taken 1904
Additions received 2010 (located in Box 7)
Letter dated 28 October 1984 from Laura W. Smith to Ross Irwin. The letter contains historical details about families of the Woodville, Ontario area.
Additions received 2012 (located in Box 7)
"Wakelin Family Oral History", compiled by Robert Gordon Wakelin, August 1996
"James Wakelin & James A. Wakelin from Co. Kent, U.K. 1855 to Bexley Township (Norland), Victoria County, Including other early area families Bowins - McGinnis - Rose", by Ross W. Irwin, Guelph, 2012
A scribbler dated 1960 which lists the time and materials that James Irwin, father of Ross W. Irwin, recorded when he built his new home in Oakwood. A photograph of the hose is included. The house is located on the corner of Eldon and Perry Streets, Oakwood, Ontario.
Baptisms (July 31, 1858 - August 8, 1865) - Note: the following entries are quoted as found
Alexander Rutherford son of Alex and Isabella Rutherford Fenelon Baptized July 31st, 1858 by Rev R Monteath of P. Albert
Robert Moffatt son of James and Margaret [ ] Moffatt - Fenelon baptized by Rev. Gilbert Tweedey, born 10 February 1858
Dorcas Irwin Daughter of Robert and Sarah Irwin baptized by Rev. John Patterson March 27th 1860
Elizaanne Irwin Daughter of James and Maryjane Irwin baptized by Rev Jon Patterson March 27 1860
Maria Daniel wife of Alexander Daniel Fenelon baptized by Rev. James Howie May 11th 1860
James Irwin son to James and Maryjane Irwin Baptized February 16th 1861 by Revd John Patterson
William Belch son to Robert and Elisabeth Belch born 22nd July 1858 Baptized 17th March 1861 by Revd John Patterson
Elisabeth Belch Daughter to Robert and Elisabeth Belch born 24th Sept 60 Baptized March 17th 1861 by Revd John Patterson
Margret Alice Daughter to James and Mary Rodgers born 13th December 1860. Baptized 31st March 1861 by Revd John Patterson
John Moffat son to James and Margret Moffat born 25th March 1860 baptized 14th April 1861 by Revd. John Patterson
Sarah Jane Reed Daughter to Robert and Rosanna Reed born March 2nd 1861 and baptized 7th July 1861 by Revd John Patterson
Margaret Anne Rutherford Daughter to Alexander and Isabella Rutherford born [ ] February 1861 baptized 7th July 1861 by Revd John Patterson
Edward son to George and Cathrine [Turnath] [Tumath] born 5th August 1861 baptized 15th March 1862 by Revd John Patterson
William son to James and Mary Rodgers born January 29 1863 Baptized 28th February 1863 by Revd John Patterson
Thomas James son to James and Margaret Moffat born January 6th 1863 baptized 28th February 1863 by Revd John Patterson
Susana Elisabeth Daughter to William and Susanna Stoddart born 11th March 1862 baptized 28th February 1863 by Revd Jno. Patterson
[ ]uphemia Jane Daughter to Joseph and Jannet Williamson born 11th December 1862 Baptized 15th August 1863 by Revd. Jno. Patterson
Jesse Reed Daughter to William and Susana Stoddart born 19th June 1863 Baptized 15th August 1863 by Revd Jno Patterson
James Livingston son to George and Cathrine [turnath] [tumath] born March 5th 1863 baptized 11th Oct. 1863 by Revd Jno. Patterson
William James son to William and Alice Hall born [blank] baptized 12th March 1864 by Revd. Jno Patterson
Isabella Daughter to Alexander and Isabella Rutherford born [Novbr.] 3rd 1863 baptized 30th July 1864 by Revd Jno Patterson
Henry James son to Robert and Sarah Irwin born feby [ ]nd 1864 baptized July 30 1864 by Revd. John Patterson
Mrs. Isabella Douglas baptized 30 July 1864 by Revd. John Patterson
John Andrew son to Isabella and Robert Douglas born 6th November 1864 baptized 25th March 1865 by Revd. John Patterson
James Alfred son to George and Mary Pearsal born [blank] baptized 8th August 1865 by Revd. Dr Burns
Emma Delia Daughter to James and Mary Jane Irwin born [blank] baptized 8th August 1865 by Revd. Robert Burns DD Toronto