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Eastern Townships Resource Centre Textual Records collection
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Everyday Life

The series consists of primary source material on everyday life in the Eastern Townships. The series contains the following sub-series: Writings (1836, 1897-1901, 1944-1948, ([200-?]), and Correspondence (1912-1919).


The sub-series consists of writings that inform about everyday life in the Eastern Townships. It contains the following files : Diary of a Canadian Teacher (1836), Reminiscent and Otherwise by Dr. George McAleer (1901), Reminiscenses of Student Life and Practice by E.D. Worthington (1897), Hatley Tales by Garth E. Morrisette ([200-?]), and Grace Day's Autograph Book (1944-1948).


The file consists of one school roll dated from 1 July 1856 to 1 July 1859 and a collection roll for school rates dated from 1 July 1859 to 30 June 1863. The file provides an alphabetical list of Ascot names and the corresponding lots, ranges and acres, and school taxes due and paid by Ascot inhabitants.


The file consists of two cash books from Hampden for the periods from 1875 to 1885 and 1900 to 1914. The file provides information on the wages received by school commissioners from Hampden inhabitants, arrears of taxes, and school fees.

School Inspections

The file consists of three school inspection reports. One is from the Stanstead Plain School Board examination on 9 March 1830 (missing). One is a certificate for John Hume's appointment as a school inspector in Leeds in 1854. One is a mimeographed letter from the Office of the Inspector of Superior Schools in Quebec City to Edwin Howe Esq. on 7 January 1904 and the last is an annotated report on the Protestant Schools of the City of Sherbrooke prepared by H. Hubbard in 1886. The file provides information on the Stanstead Plain School examination by members of the Trustees for Schools in the township of Stanstead, on the visit of John Parker to the East Hatley Model School and on five schools in the City of Sherbrooke, including information on the teachers and the buildings.


The file consists of one souvenir card and one photograph dated 31 March 1901, prepared by E. Pearl Orr, a teacher at South Ham School from September 1900 to September 1901. The souvenir card includes her pupils' names. It also includes a letter from John Wadleigh to H.A. Odell regarding the performance of Miss Lamb at the Ulverton Model school from 1884 and photocopies of a description of the Lorne (also known as Kingsey Station) one-room schoolhouse in Shipton by Ethel D. Emma Pope (1885-1964) as well as two photographs of Ethel as a young woman (1903, 1908) and one showing Miss Brock with some students in front of the Lorne school around 1904.

Examination Reports

The file consists of one detailed student report from Ulverton dated 1909 and signed by James Lester; two enrollment and examination reports for Danville Academy dated 1917, and a "Permanent Record of Progress" from Hampden, Compton County, for 1919 to 1936. The file provides information on the pupils' names, grade levels, and marks, as well as the names of teachers.

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; a baccalaureate programme, dated 1926; and two school notebooks, dated 1891-1902. 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 notebooks from Bertha Ralston provide information on school lessons from the area of West Brome from 1891 to 1902.

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.

Bob O'Donnell

The file provides information on Bob O'Donnell, from Danville, who was a CHLT announcer and singer nicknamed "the Wispering Irish tenor". The file consists of a photocopy of Bob O'Donnell's scrapbook, which includes membership cards of clubs and associations, as well as clippings on some of his relatives and on CHLT radio station; one photograph of a group of students involved in the Jeunesse catholique étudiante in Victoriaville in 1919-1920; a photograph of four men in 1935; and an original of a caricature of former Record editor and sportswriter Leonard "Len" O'Donnell, published in The Sherbrooke Daily Record.

Sherbrooke Hussars present their Centennial Guard

Item consists of digital reproduction of a poster advertising the Sherbrooke Hussars' Centennial Guard activities in Sherbrooke in 1967. The poster features an illustration of a soldier in a 19th-century uniform, holding a musket. The activities included a program of drill and 1867 battle tactics and a concert by the Sherbrooke Hussars Band to commemorate Canada's Centennial and the 100th Anniversary of the Regiment. Activities were to take place at the Parade Grounds (Champ-de-Mars) off of Queen Street (now Boulevard Queen-Victoria) in Sherbrooke on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.


The file contains six souvenir booklets and records of events: Diamond Jubilee of Confederation "Lest We Forget" at Memorial Park in Cookshire on 3 July 1927; a service of thanksgiving and memorial for those who were killed in action; Printed Menus, "Complimentary Banquet given in honour of our war working Ladies", Victoria Hall, Cookshire, 11 Nov. 1911; a Remembrance Day programme, "In Memory of the Men of Cookshire, who fell in the Great War, Cookshire", 11 November 1920; "Commemoration Service for those who have gone to the Front from this and surrounding communities", Victoria Hall, 24 May 1917; Anniversary Services, 30 Jan. 1921, Methodist Church, Lennoxville. The file also contains a booklet, "Comrade's Greeting", written by Isabel Morrison Cleveland, Johnville; a book entitled "A Record of the splendid Women and Men of Cookshire, Que. and Vicinity, who enlisted in the Volunteer Army of 1914-18 in Defence of the Empire", compiled and published by John Wilkinson, photographer in Cookshire, which includes an alphabetical list of soldiers; and one printed Christmas card from Brigadier-General D.C. Draper from the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade illustrated with a photograph taken on 9 October 1918 in Cambrai (France).

The Eastern Townships of Quebec: a good place to live and play

Item is a pamphlet published by the Eastern Townships Associated Boards of Trade and Eastern Townships Settlement Society advertising "The Eastern Townships of Quebec: A Good Place to Live and Play." The pamphlet discusses the region's topography, climate, agriculture, settlement opportunities, mining, cities and towns, tourist attractions, and transportation and markets. It dates from around 1947.

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; Waterloo Academy Annual Concert, 8 December 1911; and a programme for Youth for Christ's theatre troupe, Refuge's performance of Streetlight in 1996. It also consists of material for Le Festival St-Zénon de Piopolis including eight programs between 2001 and 2004, correspondence, and a newspaper clipping.

Hatley Tales by Garth E. Morrisette

The file consists of a typed manuscript titled "Hatley Tales" by Garth E. Morrisette. Included within the table of contents are: Tales from the Backwoods of Hatley Township as told by Charlotte Little 1813-1897, The Scouts 1795, The Bear 1805, Xmas [Christmas] on the North Road 1821, Nervous 1937, A Mean Turkey 1938, Merry Christmas 1993, An Apple a Day 1910, Just a Little Green Frog, A Load Both Ways 1939, Gramp- Benjamin Franklin Fowler, The Voice- A biography of Zelda Humphrey Bowen, Hannad Lavers Fowler 1884-1949.

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