Fonds 86-027 - Choate Family fonds. 1986 additions

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Choate Family fonds. 1986 additions

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    • 1824-1958 (Creation)
      Choate family

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    35.5 cm of textual records
    2 maps
    70 photographs
    1 print

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    Thomas Choate, son of Jacob Choate and Fanny Marshall Burnham, was born April 3, 1809 near Cobourg, Upper Canada. His parents had emigrated to Glanbord from Enfield, New Hampshire in 1798, along with members of the Burnham family who were cousins of the Choates. In approximately 1801, they moved to Hamilton Township, north of Cobourg, where Thomas was born, and by 1812, the family had moved to Port Hope, Upper Canada. Thomas learned the trade of millright at Warsaw, New York, and also studied music at Batavia, New York. In 1830, Thomas married Mary Wright, daughter of Richard Wright and Ann Stuart of Skiberne, County Cork, Ireland. Thomas and Mary had five children: Thomas George, Anna Eliza, Mary Jane, Richard Marshall, and Jacob Stuart. In 1834-35, Thomas was sent to Dummer Township by his uncle, the Honourable Zaccheus Burnham, to complete the construction of a saw and grist mill, which had already been started for Burnham by Thomas Hartwell. By 1836, the mill was in operation and Thomas moved his family to what was then known as Dummer Mills and built a general store. In 1842, Thomas successfully acquired the contract for a post office, and since a post office, required a village name, Thomas chose the name Warsaw. In 1839, Thomas' first wife died and he married her sister, Eliza Wright. They had two children, Harriet Burnham and Mary, before Eliza died in 1845. In 1846, Thomas married Hanah Grover, daughter of Jonah Grover and Lucia Baldwin, of Norwood, Upper Canada. Thomas and Hannah had three children: Celestia Charlotte, James Grover, and Arthur Francis. Thomas' eldest son, Thomas George, when he was old enough, took over running the mills for Zaccheus Burnham. Thomas George later established his own chair manufacturing shop on Quarry Lake. Thomas senior's main interest remained in the running of his store and post office, and with his duties as a Justice of the Peace. Thomas also established and conducted a singing school and choir which was under his tutelage for 60 years. Both he and his son, Thomas George became involved in the local temperence society and in local politics. Thomas retired from running the store in 1889, at the age of 80, and his youngest son, Arthur Francis, took over the business as manager and post master. In 1897, Arthur established a second store, Choate Supply Store, at McCraken's Landing, Stony Lake. Thomas died in 1900, at the age of 90. The Warsaw store was sold in 1927, and Arthur Francis died in 1931. The Choate Supply Store remained in business, and was managed by Arthur's wife Vida. When she died, the store was then managed by their daughter Bessie. The Choate Supply Store was sold out of the family in 1949. Arthur and Vida Elora Smith, also had a son, Richard (Dick), who was born in Warsaw in 1880. Dick was to become a journalist, artist and musician. Dick began his career with the Peterborough Examiner in 1905 and in his early days, worked for the Montreal Herald, the Buffalo Courier and some newspapers in Calgary and Vancouver. In 1908, Dick married Mary (May) Dawson Donnell, daughter of Elizabeth Ambrose and James Rea Donnell. Dick also worked in the United States for some time, and at one point in his career was a member of the Congressional Press Gallery in Washington, D.C. He later became the editor of the Toronto Daily News, editor of the Toronto Sunday World, and an editorial writer for the Toronto Globe. It is unknown when he died.

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    This fonds was created by the Choate family and in the custody of Harold Choate until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

    Scope and content

    This addition to the fonds consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, music books, notes and memorabilia concerning various parts of Peterborough County.

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    Some of the songbooks in Box 2 are very fragile. Use gloves and do not photocopy.

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    This fonds was donated by Harold Choate.


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        This fonds is an addition to 77-026.


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        Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 31.


        Series A

        Music Books

        • The Bridgewater Collection of Sacred Music, 1831 (1)

        • The Sabbath Bell, by George F. Root (1)

        • Boston Collection of Church Music, by Lowell Mason, 1856 (1)

        • Howe's Dugtts, 1863 (1)

        • Songs of Salvation, 1887 (1)

        • Palm Leaves, 1867 (1)

        • The Canadian Anthem Book, 1873 (5 plus 1 partial)

        • The American Vocalist, 1849 (1)

        • Singing School (2)

        • New Carmena Sacra, 1857 (3)

        • Musical Monitor, 1827 (1)

        • Musical Monitor, 1833 (1)

        • The Canadian Church Harmonist, 1864 (4 plus misc. pages)

        • Sacred Harmony (2)

        • The Golden Wreath, by L. O. Emerson, 1857 (3)

        • Bright Jewels, by Rev. Robert Loury, 1869 (1)

        • The Musical Textbook, by Charles Butler, 1860 (3)

        • Welcome Songs (1)

        • Sacred Songs of Solo (1)

        • The Canticles, 1897 (1)

        • Jousse's Musical Catechism, 1887 (1)

        • The Columbian Song Book, by Asa Fritz, 1856 (1)

        • Loomis's Progressive Music Lessons, 1875 (1)

        • The Colonial Harmonist, by Mark Burnham, 1832 (4 partials)

        • The Church Choir Part II, by Joseph Guenscher, 1856 (1)

        • Sacred Melodies, by Lowell Mason, 1833 (1)

        • New Technical Studies, by Louis Plady, 1865 (1)

        • No Title (blue - grey - spine repaired)

        • No Title (note inside by Harold Choate stating that the book belonged to David Thomas Choate, b. 1827)

        Series B

        Articles by Richard Choate

        Oversized - wrapped in tissue on top of box

        • volume 1 scrapbook containing Harold Pammett's "Progress of Peterborough" clipped from the Peterborough Examiner 1959

        • volume 2 - as above

        • scrapbooks containing clippings from the Globe1933 - 1934

        Oversized - Stored in Large Materials Cabinet Drawer 31

        • Poster "Sons of Temperance" Tea Meeting Feb 9. 1858

        • The Toronto Sunday Toronto 1890

        • The Globe Toronto 1890

        • The Globe Toronto 1890

        • Peterborough Examiner 1956

        • Peterborough Examiner 1956

        • Peterborough Examiner 1956

        • Peterborough Examiner Old Home Week 1929

        • The Globe Toronto 1929

        • Peterborough Examiner 1929

        • " " Centennial Edition 1856-1956

        • " " 1936

        • " " 1961

        • " " 1956

        • " " 1961

        • " " 1961

        • " " 1960

        • " " 1961

        _ " " 1961

        • Mail and Empire 1916

        • Toronto Saturday Night 1891

        • Soloist Shares Honour - Globe and Mail 1961

        • The Nightingale - Globe and Mail 1954

        • Richard J. Devey St. Jon's Peterborough Examiner 1949

        • Sparks Fly - Examiner 1958 R. F. Choate

        • Native Dream Saturday Night 1936 Painting - R.F. Choate

        Series C

        Collected research notes and newspaper clippings

        Box 1


        1 - Marryat - articles by Helen Marryat and related correspondence

        2 - Physiography - Warsaw Road etc.

        3 - Isabella Valancy Crawford -photographs - 2 (8x10) black and white of Isabella Valancy Crawford's "Indian Potentate and Retinue"

        4 - J.R. Stratton - 5X7 - photo 8X10 (cartoon) Stratton as "Uncle Pumblechook" - Music Sheet jingle

        5 - Inland Waterways Association, London - Bulletins, related correspondence, negative (8X10) "Steamer entering lock" British Waterways

        6 - Northwest Rebellion - notes and clipping

        7 - Serpent Mounds - clippings 1952-57

        8 - Sawers material and property from registry office Sawers Creek Map

        9 - R.F. Choate - cartoons - clippings from Calgary News Telegram 1912

        10 - R.F. Choate - notes by him "Thought" - various subjects

        11 - Miscellaneous letters and reply about Choate (Thomas) property

        • list of property of Zaccheus Burnham - 1952

        • letter from Harold G.E. Choate to R.F. Choate 1948

        • Note to Editor (2 copies) about release of Kinsey's "Sexual Behaviour in Human Females"

        • Museum Bulletin No. 23, No. 31 and accompanying letter

        • 1 copy of A Free and Responsible Press " a general report on mass communication by commission on Freedom of the Press.

        • pamphlet ' "The United Empire Loyalists Association"

        • 1 copy of Contributions of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology No. 7 "The Passenger Pigeon in Ontario"

        12 - 1 copy Waterways to Explore: "The Trent" plus various clippings

        • 1 copy "The Trent Waterway Through Central Ontario Canada"

        • 1 map the Trent Canal

        • 1 copy - Reference and Guide Book: The Trent Canal

        • clippings out of "Report of the Select Committee on Conservation

        • 1 copy "Report of the Select Committee on Conservation" 1950

        • 1 copy "Trent Watershed Survey" 1913

        Box 2


        1 - Guillet - newspaper clippings by about Edwin C. Guillet

        2 - Postal History - Warsaw - notes, clippings, ephemera

        3 - Forestry, Conservation - newspaper clipping Forestry and conservation and various related topics

        4 - Music- memorabilia regarding Julia Choate - Violinist

        • Music sheets from "The School Girl"

        • Music cards used by Thomas Choate - also bill for printing them

        • Notes about Mark Burham

        • 1 copy - "Annotate book of words" from Coronation 1902

        • 1 copy Old Favourite Songs

        • 1 copy Six Old English Songs for Madame Yvette Guilbert by Gustave Ferrari

        • 1 copy "Oh Dry Those Tears" by Teresa Del Biego

        • Music workbook notes and 2 photos 8X10 of cartoons of Yvette Guilbert

        • Manuscript music, dated Haldimand March 27, 1824

        5 - 1 copy "The Seraph" 1863

        6 - 1 copy "The Seraph" 1867

        7 - Newspaper clipping Kawartha Lakes, water conservation, lift lock Trent Canal

        8 - Miscellaneous

        • Brochure for Kawartha lakes

        • Brochure for Rockland House Bobcageon

        • Booklet "St Lawrence River Route and Canals" 1918

        • Brochure about Trent Canal

        • map of Trent Canal

        • Letter from W.H. Bennet to R.F. Choate

        • Correspondence about Georgian Bay

        • Ottawa Canal Huron - Ontario Canal

        9 - Churches - warsaw (some small Peterborough area ones) clippings plus related correspondence, also some copies of Canadian Churchman - also notes

        Box 3


        1 - Notes (possibly compiled by R.F. Choate) Various subjects

        2 - Notes and articles about Choate Family - also some accounts and material from Choate store in Warsaw - News clippings

        3 - Notes and clippings concerning Dummer

        4 - scrapbook containing clippings 1928-1933

        5 - Newspaper clippings - articles by R.H. Choate - also series entitled "Peterborough's History Mirrored in Language" contained in scrapbook.

        6 - Miscellaneous newspaper clippings - mainly concerning - Peterborough and the surrounding area

        7 - William Cruikshank R.C.A. - article about him - (9X12) black and white photos of Cruikshank's artwork

        • also article entitled "Our Engravings" possibly written by R.F. Choate

        8 Miscellaneous: - various handbills, notices of lectures C. 1862

        • list of prize money for Peterborough Exhibition: Peterborough Horticultural Society

        • Bureau of Municipal research - White Paper No. 247 January 1940: re Number of people in Houses of Industry and in single men's hostels in Toronto during the 1930s.

        • "The Unbridled Frontier" by Merril Dension - clipped from Harpers Monthly Magazine

        • "Public Affairs" (2) The Eternal Problems of Crime and Criminals by J. Alex Edmison

        • letter and clipping (R.F. Choate) about Senator Buchanan

        • letter to R. Choate from G. Craw about doing article about Warsaw for the Examiner

        9 - 1-43 (3x5) black and white post cards Stoney Lake and surrounding waterways; many shots of McCracken's Landing

        • 44-45 (3x5) colour photos - (1) locks at Youngs Point (2) Peterborough Lift Lock

        • 46 map - Trent Navigation and Murray Canal

        • 47 Indian River

        • 48 Channel Glenwood

        • 49 Gil-Crest Park

        • 50 Bowness Park

        • 50a Peaceful creek at Bowness Park

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