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Letter from W.A. Williams

The item is a letter from W.A. Williams (managing director of The Electric Reduction Company in Buckingham, Que.), father of Hilda Williams, student at Dunham Ladies College (latterly St. Helen's School), to Miss Jackson in 1908 regarding the educational wishes for his daughter.

Letter to parents, Spanish flu

The item is a form letter to parents of students at St. Helen's School (formerly Dunham Ladies College) in Dunham, assuring them that there are no serious cases of influenza (likely the Spanish flu) present at the boarding school in 1919.

Jim Wark WWI journal

The item is Jim Wark's journal entries shortly following his enlistment in World War I, more specifically during his trans-Atlantic voyage from Quebec to England in 1918.

Diary of a Canadian Teacher

The file consists of the diary of a young teacher named Mabel during the time of the settlements in the Eastern Townships. The diary is titled "Leaves from the Diary of a Canadian Teacher in 1836". It follows the twelve weeks period in which Mabel travels to a town or village to be a teacher (maybe Bondville, Knowlton). It contains information on everyday life, such as the way the houses were built in that area, the accommodations where Mabel was boarding, the type of food she ate and the way religion was celebrated and perceived by some. The author also gives information on many families such as the Furniss', the Burtons, the Carnes, the Murrays and the Wests. She also speaks of a Mr. Gardner, who is later arrested and thrown in the Sherbrooke jail and of a "brother Clifton" who owns a small grist mill. There is also a passage on the economy of the region, in which Mabel explains the process of making "Salts" (a.k.a. potash and pearlash). She mentions some of her students and their academic background, but all in all, there is little information on school life.

Joseph R. Ball family

The file consists of a book of poems by Joseph Rice Ball and Lillian Stuart Ball, titled "Greetings from Mapleside", which also includes photographs, from around 1900 and a custom Christmas greeting card from Henry S. Ball, dated 1907. Mapleside was the Ball family property in Waterville.

Interview of Sydney J. Sayer

Item consists of a consent form and transcript of an interview of S.J. Sayers, guard at Camp Newington in WWI, by Kevin Frost from 1979.

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