The content of these notebooks was created by George Alfred Reynolds (Rennie) Gibbons of Sturgeon River, N.W.T., Robin Gibbons, and Frank Carson.
Rennie Gibbons kept his notes in a Pioneer Exercise and Diction book with an illustrated cover in orange of soldiers on horseback dated 14 Nov. 1899. The content, in ink, is eclectic with notes on the metric system, the wheel and the axle, algebra, history, language, and partnerships. Robin Gibbons kept his (?) notes in The Great West Exercise book, with an illustrated cover in red and green of a farmer ploughing with a cowboy on the side dated 30 May 1899. The content, in ink, is eclectic with notes on board measures, arithmetic and composition (including small essays). Frank Carson kept his notes in a Bulwarks book with an illustrated cover of a navy ship deck. The notebook was purchased at Whitfields’ Drug and Stationery Store in Whitby, Ont. The content, in ink and pencil, is eclectic. It appears to contain some accounts as well as notes on Germany, science, plant roots, arithmetic, and hydrostatics.