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Rosara Lefurgey Brennan fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1925-1932, 1934-1937

The fonds consists of thirteen diaries, most of them containing daily entries made by Rosara. The year 1934 has numerous gaps and 1935 has very few entries. In 1936 and 1937, she wrote only on one or two pages. The diaries from 1925-1932 are very extensive in the recording of her everyday life. During that time, she travelled to many places, including Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and Banff to sightsee and visit relatives. In 1929, she went to Tucson, Arizona for several months of health treatments. While there, she made extensive notes about diets, proper breathing, sun bathing, fasting, theosophy, and meditation. When Rosara was at home in Summerside, she wrote about the activities of her immediate and extended family, as well as her own pursuits. She recorded shopping at downtown businesses, most frequently Holman's, and an almost daily walk to the post office. Housecleaning, rug hooking, dressmaking, and helping grandchildren with homework were also frequent topics. Rosara began most diaries with an inspirational writing and often referred to the Rosicrucian Magazine and numerous books with titles like "The Law of Mind in Action". The cash account section of some diaries names many of her financial holdings and a reference to a 1916 diary which was consulted for "when and what I invested" indicates that she kept earlier journals. She made lists of books, addresses, Christmas cards and gifts, and in several places she records family births, deaths, and marriages.

Brennan, Rosara Lefurgey

Murray family fonds

  • Fonds
  • [1716?],1887-1910, 1955

The fonds consists of four items. Ledger "C" has records of customer accounts of blacksmith John A. from 1887-1910. There is a reference on p.608 to ledger "D". Place names include St. Eleanors, Linkletter, Miscouche, Muddy Creek, Port Hill, Belmont, and Tyne Valley. A sampling of customers would be R.T. Holman, Brace McKay & Co., Benjamin Tanton, Thomas Compton, Edgar Craswell, Charles Green, Henry Scales, and Fulton Ramsay. Loose papers from the ledger include statements prepared for some customers The second item is a Bible given to Verner in 1914 by Jane Turpel (1853-1931), his mother's sister who lived in Halifax. Two inscriptions show unknown connections to Richard and Marie Jackson 1716 and Andrew and Rebecca Montgomery 1723. The third item is a large album of 193 postcards collected by Margaret between 1906-1910, some of them depicting P.E.I. buildings and scenery. A small snapshot shows Margaret and Frank Linkletter in 1955 with neighbours.

Murray (Family)

City of Summerside fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1897-1993, Photocopied [197-]

The fonds consists of papers and publications which constituted part of an historical file at the offices of the City of Summerside. Included are blueprints of the Summerside water and sewerage systems 1897, blueprints and specifications of the standpipe 1907, and a 1908 Water Commissioners report. The fonds also contains 5 photographs of the town, a 1977 Summerside Centennial booklet, and a 1992 report on the town's capacity to provide services to new development. Miscellaneous papers deal with the following topics: the Town Hall building; Allan Rankin's history book; a 1959 agreement between the Town and Joseph Brophy, Town Manager; the town crest; official opening of the Recreation Centre in 1974; proposed ferry service between Port du Chene and Summerside; and assorted undated papers about the town's history.

City of Summerside

Daley family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1909-1999, Photocopied and scanned 2002

The fonds consists of textual materials and photos produced by 3 generations of the Daley family. Four ledgers from Patrick Daley's meat market give a record of his business for several months during 1924-25, 1935, and 1937-8. There is a 4-page account written by Harry Daley in his later years about his military service from 1928-46, papers regarding his discharge, and a copy of his 1909 birth certificate. Most of the family photos appear to have been taken during his married life from1934-1954.

Gerald Daley's papers consist of drafted and printed letters to the editor of the local newspaper, as well as two essays of a religious nature. There are copies of notes from his bible about the extended family and newspaper articles pertaining to family members. During the years 1954-59, when Gerald was a member, he collected articles and photos of the local Sea Cadets. Some 1998 copies of the weekly "Down Memory Lane" section of The Journal-Pioneer show the type of photos and articles selected by Gerald during the 4-month period in which he composed those pages of the paper. An extensive array of photocopied clippings he collected for that work have been loosely arranged by subject. Some children's artwork and 35 photographs were salvaged from the discarded files of the newspaper office.

Other items in this fonds include a 1957 "Emblem" - the Summerside High School magazine, the official program of the 1st annual Summerside Lobster Carnival in 1956, a 1989 PEI Highlanders nominal roll, several 1964 newspapers featuring the Royal Visit, and a 1916 special souvenir edition of the Summerside Journal. There are several items of correspondence and some material about the J. Watson MacNaught family that lived next door to Harry Daley and family.

Daley (Family)

Laurie Bell collection

  • Collection
  • 1770, 1864-1998

The collection formed the basis of the reference library in the MacNaught History Centre and Archives Reading Room when the material was purchased from book dealer Laurie Bell. Wyatt Heritage Properties manager Allan Rankin and archivist Faye Pound arranged the transaction thus creating the core reference library.

The collection consists of 155 books or booklets, some of them considered to be rare. There is a 1770 textbook on navigation, a P.E. Island Calendar 1864, and a copy of MacKinnon and Warburton's Past and Present of Prince Edward Island. The collection is also comprised of thirty PEI telephone directories from 1963 to 1999. There are four 1903-1904 issues of the PEI Magazine, a 1943 Year Book of Registered Motor Vehicles, a Montreal Star WWI war map, and a 1963 promotional booklet on the village of St. Eleanors. The collection also contains a minute book from the Mount Pleasant Women's Institute, dated 1922-1937.

Bell, Laurie

J. Watson MacNaught fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1923-2001, predominant 1945-1966

The fonds consists of newspaper clippings, photos and memorabilia of the political life of J. Watson MacNaught. Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from 1945-1965 follow his career as Member of Parliament for Prince County, the highlights being the launch of the ferry Prince Nova and the turning of the sod for a tunnel/causeway to the mainland. Documents include his 1923 PEI teachers certificate and 1932-33 legal commissions. A booklet of official arrangements for the Royal Visit in 1964 and the 1972 Pearson funeral program are part of the collection resulting from his years in office. A few photos and a St. Andrew's Day speech reflect his interest in the Prince County Caledonian Society of which he was Honorary President. Also included are some personal papers of his wife Eva and some biographical material pertaining to his son John. RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS: Northumberland Strait Crossing, Prince Nova ferry, MacNaught House (75 Spring Street), PEI Liberal Party, Royal Visit 1964.

MacNaught, J. Watson

Summerside and Area Historical Society fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1878-2001

The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, and papers relating to the formation and operation of the Summerside and Area Historical Society. Included are materials generated by the group in its planning of several historic house tours and the publication of two walking tour brochures in 1985 and 1992. A project using a summer student in 1985 resulted in a sizable collection of photographs being amassed, principally from R. Allan Rankin who had acquired them for his book "Down at the Shore". The photos were arranged into 12 categories and the original order has been maintained with most images falling under the headings of commercial, and individuals and groups. Textual materials were also gathered at that time and later on, mainly on the subjects of fox farming, ship building, Canadian Forces Base Summerside and Holman's Island. There are various handwritten papers on the general history of Summerside and a few specific ones on the history of baseball, the Post Office, the Rotary club, and the Y.M.C.A. There are handwritten notes and photos from the 1994 inventory of heritage homes and the typed bylaw proposal for heritage preservation prepared in 1995. Other items of note include a 1928 booklet "The Island Bred Fox" by B.I. Rayner, the 1909 Holman's catalogue, an original 1878 Panoramic View of Summerside, an undated paper "Record of Ships Built and Registered in PEI 1790-1830" by Preston Ellis, a scrapbook of Barbara McGougan dated 1928-1930, a scrapbook of Lucas R. Allen dated1942-1964, and transcribed newspaper articles about the Summerside Board of Trade from 1910 -1934.

Summerside and Area Historical Society

Alfred Bernard fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1917-1919, Copied 1989

The fonds consists of letters from Alfred Bernard's chaplain and commanding officer written to his father Antoine, three documents pertaining to Alfred's military service and death, and a photo portrait of him in an oval frame.

Bernard, Alfred

William E. Forbes fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1875-1925, predominant 1916-1918

The fonds consists of 28 items of correspondence, a 1916 paycheque stub, and an 1885 land deed between John W. Forbes and James H. Cole. Twelve of the letters, dating 1915-17, were written to William by his brother Prescott Forbes (b. 1888) who reported on his World War I experience and commented on news received from William about life in Summerside. There are four pieces of correspondence regarding William's employment with Brace McKay Ltd. and two business letters from R. J. McNeill in 1925. Other items include an 1875 letter to Robert Shaw Esq. (of the law firm Longworth & Shaw, Charlottetown?) from Jesse and D.S. Green, as well as letters to and from other parties.

Forbes, William Edgar

Wanda Wyatt fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1851-1998

The fonds represents a lifetime of accumulated materials saved by Wanda Wyatt and includes letters, diaries, financial records, documents, clippings, and photographs. It is a reflection of her many interests and her involvement in various community organizations. The fonds has been divided into the following series:
Financial papers
Personal papers
IODE materials
PEI Heritage Foundation papers
Community and cultural interests
Household and leisure interests
Printed materials

Wyatt, Wanda Lefurgey

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