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Edwin Howard Stephenson, the second son of William Howard and Caroline Emily Stephenson (née Farrow), was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, on 20 April 1886. In 1902 in Hamilton, he worked as a watchmaker, and, then in 1906, he opened a small jewelry store in the Manitoulin Islands. In 1910 he entered Huron College and the University of Western Ontario. Ordained as a Deacon in 1916, he obtained a B.A. in 1917, and was ordained as an Anglican priest on 26 May 1918. He resigned his charge at the parish of Desboro Williamsford and Holland Centre on 11 June 1918.
On 2 July 1918, he went into training with the Canadian Army Medical Corps at London, Ont. On 11 October 1918, as part of the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force (No. 11 Stationary Hospital), he set sail from Vancouver to Vladivostok. With an advance party of soldiers on the Trans-Siberian Railway, he travelled into the interior of Russia to Omsk and back. Although he was scheduled to return to Canada with the C.S.E.F on 18 May 1919, he contracted smallpox and died on 23 May 1919. He is buried in the Churkin Russian Naval Cemetery.
The collection was amassed by Frank S. Wood and continued by his son Alfred E. Wood.
Vivian de Sola Pinto was born in 1895 and educated at Oxford in classics and English, though his studies interrupted by World War I. After spending some time at the Sorbonne, he was appointed chair of English at Southampton. In 1938 he took up the chair of English at Nottingham University in its first year of incorporation where he remained until his retirement in 1961. Pinto was also an author, critic, and poet – a champion of the unorthodox and non-conformist strain in English literature. He published works on Sir Charles Sedley, Peter Sterry, and Rochester. He edited a collection of poems by D.H. Lawrence and played a leading part in the bicentenary celebration of William Blake. He also published an autobiography, The City Than Shone. Pinto died on 27 July 1969.
In August 1936, the Home Office of the British Government directed every municipality in Britain to develop an Air Raid Precautionary (ARP) programme, primarily to establish and maintain air raid shelters for the local population in the event of war. The Westminster City Council (WCC) in London instructed the Westminster City Engineer’s Office forthwith to begin programme responsibilities including the following: in 1937 and early 1938 to establish criteria and policy relevant to ARP activities, and develop voluntary cooperation with local commercial businesses; in 1938 and 1939 to survey the basements of all residential and commercial buildings within the Westminster City boundaries for their suitability or potential modification as shelters; to supervise the modification of basements to provide basement shelters in commercial buildings, and to provide ongoing maintenance, signage and hours of opening; to decide upon criteria for requisitioning or decommissioning a shelter, and to supervise all inspections of such shelters, also to undertake ARP matters not directly related to shelters, but of engineering concern.
During World War II the Engineer’s Office was damaged by enemy action in March 1940, and the office was moved from Alhambra House to Fanum House until September 1945. The City Engineer’s Office was responsible for furnishing, staffing, modification and operation of the temporary headquarters. Formal decommissioning of air raid shelters began on 30 May 1945, but matters concerning the former shelters routinely reached the office until the mid-1950s. With the commencement of the Cold War, the City Engineer’s Office also was prepared to redo the survey of basements. A few completed forms from this survey are extant, reaching into the 1960s.
Franklin Charles Zurbrigg, born 1 June 1917, was from Exeter, Ontario. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, with the rank of Flight Sergeant, as a navigator and bomb aimer. He was killed on 13 January 1943 when his plane overshot the runway at Silloth aerodrome. He is buried in the Causewayhead Cemetery, Silloth, Cumbria, Scotland.
The members of Local 2940 are employees of Canron Ltd., Foundry Division.
Members of Local 4166 are employees of Robertson Building Systems.
The members of Local 6979 are employees of Federated Genco.
Members of Local 8483 are employees of Secord Manufacturing, Concar Tool.
Military Service Local Tribunals were set up throughout England during the First World War to hear pleas for exemption from military service. Grounds for exemption included poor health, essential work, family circumstances or conscientious objection. Diss is located in Norfolk, England.
Bernard van Dieren was born in Rotterdam on 27 Decmber 1887 and moved to England in 1909 where he became a music critic. He began composing at an early age, and his works include both vocal and orchestral pieces. He published two books, Epstein and Down Among the Dead Men. Van Dieren died in 1936.
William Rogers was a yeoman living in or near Albion, York township, Upper Canada. On 13 December 1837 he was arrested and charged with treason. In all 422 people were arrested in the Home District. He was tried in the Court of Oyer and Terminer on 18 April 1838 and acquitted (“Return of the Names and Quality of Station of the several person, arrested and placed in confinement in the Prisons of Toronto, etc.; printed by the House of Commons, 25 Feb. 1839).
Railway maintenance of way workers were responsible for keeping railway tracks in good running order. Track foremen had begun to organize in the United States as early as 1891. The forerunner of this union was the Brotherhood of Railway Trackmen of America.
United Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes and Railway Shop Laborers official charter of incorporation with seal of Subordinate Lodge Number 1645.The charter was granted by the Grand Lodge on17 April 1919 and signed by two officers of that Lodge, the Grand Secretary-Treasurer and the Grand President. The Lodge was affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Trades and Labor Congress of Canada. The charter was granted to ten individuals holding the ranks of: President, Vice-president, Past-president, Conductor, Chaplain, Warden, Conductor and Sentinel.
Charlotte Stopes, Shakespearean scholar and supporter of women’s education, was born in Edinburgh and was educated informally at Edinburgh University before women were officially allowed to attend. She married Henry Stopes, an architect, civil engineer and anthropologist in 1879. The Stopes were the parents of Marie Stopes, birth-control advocate.
Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe (29 May 1883 – 2 June 1943) was a Canadian obstetrician, best known for delivering and caring for the Dionne quintuplets, the first quintuplets known to survive early infancy. Before modern fertility treatments, multiple births were a rare event and, when they did occur, the babies were not likely to survive. The 1934 birth of the Dionne Quintuplets in isolated Callander, Ontario (near North Bay), was regarded as a medical miracle and the country doctor who ensured their survival became an international celebrity. This collection consists of a small group of photographs of Dr. Dafoe basking in the fame which the births brought him. The images show Dafoe being honoured at various events in Washington (a meeting with President Roosevelt), New York City and Atlantic City between 1934 and 1941. There are no photographs of the famous quints.
Erwin (Ermin) Stuart Copeland born 15 Sept. 1896, enlisted at Wingham, Ont. on 18 Sept. 1914 and was assigned to the First Canadian Battalion. There he met a number of soldiers from Watford, Ontario. He suffered a gunshot wound to the face at the Battle of St. Julien in April 1915. He was wounded again in 1918, but survived the war, returning to Canada in May 1919.
Alfred Edgar Coppard, clerk, editor, poet, and short story writer, was born on 4 January 1878 in Folkstone, Kent. He began his working life as a clerk and professional athlete before turning to writing in 1919 using the pen name A. E. Coppard. He is best known for his short stories, "The Higgler" being the best-known. It was published in a pirated, limited edition of thirty-nine by The Chorcua Press, of Chelsea, New York, each copy containing one page of the manuscript, except for copy 1 which contains 2 pages. Coppard published his autobiography, It's Me, O Lord!, in 1955. He died in London on 13 January 1957.
Archibald Macdonald was born in Callander, Perthshire, Scotland in 1786 or 1787. He was commissioned a lieutenant on 25 July 1805 in the 35th Regiment. He served in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars. He came to Canada in 1819 and settled beside Rice Lake, near Cobourg, Ont. He served as a member of the provincial legislature from 1831-1834. He died in 1872. A much longer biography as well as a transcription of the journal can be found in Library Research News 4, no. 6 (July 1980).