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Jonathan Slater

The file contains primary source information about Jonathan Slater (ca 1816-1889) and his wife, Rebecca Walker (ca. 1818-1890) in Barnston from 1881 to 1896. It consists of an invoice addressed to Jonathan Slater, register extracts for their marriage and deaths, and Rebecca Walker's will. Rebecca Anglisa Walker was the daughter of Joseph Walker and Mary McCaw. Together, Jonathan Slater and Rebecca Walker had at least six children: Frances, Mary, Jane, Jonathan Henry, Emma, and Retinah.


The subseries contains source material on theatre in the Eastern Townships from approximately the late 19th century to 1912. It contains the following files: Programmes and Advertisements (1912-1954, 2005), and Plays and Skits ([189-?]).

Programmes and Advertisements

The file consists of five theatre programmes and two advertisements: MM. P. Paul-Marcel, 2-4 September 1912, at His Majesty's Theatre, Sherbrooke; posters for "Too Much Married", by the West Brome Dramatic Club; "Not Guilty" and "Silent Woman !", Town Hall, Lennoxville, by the Boston Comedy Company; a programme for "Quality Street" presented by the Sherbrooke High School in 1943; a programme for "Captain Applejack" presented by the Sherbrooke High School; a programme for "Merrie England" presented by the Sher-Lenn Operatic & Choral Society; a programme for "The Pirates of Penzance" presented by the Sher-Lenn Choir in 1952; and the summer 2005 programme for Townships Stage, performed at The Piggery Theatre.

W.K. Sanderson, Sherbrooke Hussars

The file consists of a programme for the change of command of the Sherbrooke Hussars from Lt-Col Daniel M. Braün to Lt-Col W.K. Sanderson on 6 May 2000. The document includes biographical information on Colonel Denis Belleau, Colonel Thomas Garfield Gould, Lieutenant Colonel Jack R. Garneau, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel M. Braün, and Lieutenant Colonel W.K. Sanderson.

Students Related Materials

The file consists of a catalogue of the officers and students from Stanstead Seminary (now Stanstead College), for 1841-1842; one manuscript school notebook dated 1854; a poem, dated April 1900; an autograph book, dated 1924; and a baccalaureate programme, dated 1926. The poem, called "Vive Montjoie", is by Dolor Biron, a philosophy student at the Séminaire Saint-Charles Borromée of Sherbrooke. The file provides information on geology, geography, religion, and literature as school subjects. The autograph book provides information on Florence Mead's time as a student at Macdonald College, School for Teachers, including entries from numerous students from the Eastern Townships, lesson plan assignments, observation lessons and a timetable. The programme is for the Sherbrooke High School baccalaureate service held at Plymouth Church in Sherbrooke. The notebook from Bertha Ralston provides information on school lessons from the area of West Brome.


The subseries contains source material regarding students from various educational institutions throughout the Eastern Townships from 1854 to 1998. It contains the following files: Examination Reports (1909-1936), Students Related Material (1854-1923), Leisure Occupations (1916-1998), Student's Council of Lennoxville High School (1935), and School Newspapers (1986-1994).


The series contains source material on education in the Eastern Townships from 1839 to 1998. It contains the following subseries: School Accountancy (1830-1914), Supervision(1830-1904), Students (1842-1998), Associations (1917-1965), Professors (1998), and Buildings and property (1953).

Bertha Ralston's notebook

The item is a school notebook, consisting of lesson notes and plans, kept by Berth Ralston from 1891-1902 in West Bolton and following her move to New Hampshire. Bertha B. Ralston was the daughter of Edward Ralston and Carrie Williamson of West Bolton; she was born in 1868, died 1957. Bertha Ralston married Arthur Foster Sumner in 1894 in West Bolton, Quebec. The later moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where they lived until sometime after 1910.

Settlement and Colonization

The series contains source material on the settlement and colonization of the Eastern Townships from the early 19th century to the 1990s. It is comprised of the following subseries: Land Surveys and Companies (1838-1983), Land Grants (1860- photocopied [1983?]), Associations and Groupings (1855-photocopied 1983]), and Settlers and Families ([18-]- photocopied 1994),.

McBurney and Forgrave families

The file consists of a scrapbook page compiled by Mildred Waldron showing many members of the McBurney and Forgrave families as well as members of the Willing Workers group from the Sawyerville Presbyterian Church from the Sawyerville area, probably taken around the 1910s. It also includes a letter from Mildred to Marjorie Goodfellow.

Margaret Merrill

The file contains information on Margaret Merrill from the 1950s to 1966. It consists of photographs of Margaret Merrill (including one photograph of Margaret with Kay Goodfellow) and a newspaper article about Margaret's work as a laboratory technician for the Sherbrooke Hospital.

Merrill, Margaret E.

Programmes and Advertisements

The file consists of five programmes: "Soirée musicale" in aid of the funds of the 1st Lennoxville Volunteer Rifle Corps, at the Albion Hotel, Lennoxville, on 16 February 1863; "The Hidden Gem, a Shamrock Evening", at Mont Notre-Dame, Sherbrooke; Creatore and his Famous Band, at his Majesty's Theatre, Sherbrooke, on 3 May 1916; "Esther the Beautiful Queen", at Town Hall, Cookshire; Last Concert Season of Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra at the Clement Theatre, Sherbrooke, 1 May 1911; Patriotic Concert at Sherbrooke High School, 23 May 1916; an undated programme for a Campaign Concert in Melbourne; a programme for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra presented by Community Concert Association and performed at the Granada Theatre in 1954; and Waterloo Academy Annual Concert, 8 December 1911. It also consists of material for Le Festival St-Zénon de Piopolis including eight programs between 2001 and 2004, correspondence, and a newspaper clipping.


The subseries contains source material on music in the Eastern Townships from 1863 to 1916. It contains copies of songs and various programmes for musical events. It includes the following files: Songs (1890-1913), and Programmes and Advertisements (1863-2004).

Leisure Occupations

The file primarily consists of 36 programmes for awards nights and graduations at Alexander Galt Regional High School, Lennoxville. The file provides information about the school's cultural events, performances, and student activities, such as plays, awards nights, graduation ceremonies, and reunions from 1973 to 1998. It is also a source of information on the Waterville School and includes a reunion souvenir booklet, newspaper clipping and program from 1989; a photograph of the Waterville classes of Grades 4, 5 and 6 from around 1940; a proficiency certificate awarded Evelyn Smith in 1916; two concert prorgrammes from the Mitchell school from 1948 and 1965; and a programme from a performance of "Our Hearts were Young and Gay" by the Lennoxville High School Dramatic Society in 1947.

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