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Eastern Townships Resource Centre Textual Records collection

  • CA ETRC P997
  • Collection
  • [18--]-2004

The collection contains source material on various topics related to the Eastern Townships in the ninetieth and twentieth centuries such as settlement, colonization, politic, military, economy, transport, communication, health and welfare, education, religion and culture. It consists mainly of schedules, obituaries, by-laws, insurance policies, certificates, photographs, maps, drawings, posters, cards, petitions, genealogies, diaries, scrapbooks, newspapers, letters, songsheets, land grants, reports, ledgers, minutes of meetings, notebooks and programmes. The collection is comprised of the following series: Settlement and Colonization ([18--]-Photocopied 1994), Politics (1965-1974), Military (1802-1988), Economy (1830-1987), Transport and Communications (1826-1990), Health and Welfare (1931-1949), Education (1854-1998), Religion ([18-?]-Photocopied 1993), Culture ([18-?]-1990).


The file consists of one road survey notebook dated 1838. It provides information on land measurements between Otter Brook and Lake Megantic. It also contains data on land features, hydrography, roads and vegetation.


The file consists of a photocopy of a book, Newport First Records, Province of Lower Canada, dated from 1800 to 1814, and four photocopied pages of clippings. The file contains the minutes of the meetings of the Associates and other inhabitants of the Township of Newport. It provides information on the development of Newport settlement, the grant made to Stephen Williams and his 40 associates on 25 September 1800, land distribution, the names of the grantees and the dates of their settlement, and some obituaries.

Eastern Townships Immigration Society

The file consists of two pamphlets, "Come and See The Eastern Townships" and "The Eastern Townships of Quebec: A Good Place to Live and Play". It also contains annual and quarterly meeting agendas for the years 1928 and 1929 and annual reports from 1913 until 1917 for the Eastern Townships Immigration Society and the Eastern Townships Associated Board of Trade. The file provides information on the advertising used to attract Europeans to the Eastern Townships, and on the Eastern Townships Immigration Society, which was an incorporated branch of the Eastern Townships Associated Board of Trade.

Eastern Townships Associated Boards of Trade and Eastern Townships Immigration Society Incorporated Annual Reports

Item is a set of annual reports submitted at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Eastern Townships Associated Boards of Trade and Eastern Townships Immigration Society on 20 February 1917. It consists of lists of officers for both groups, annual reviews for both groups, and financial statements for both groups.

James S. Ramage

The file consists of a photocopied transcription of James S. Ramage's memoirs, written in the early 1880s. The file provides information on his family, located in the Highland Scottish Settlement in Megantic. These memoirs also contain data on education, military matters, colonization, economic resources, geography, and hunting and farming in St. Agnes.

Caroline Parsons Coombs

The file contains source information on the life of Caroline Parsons Coombs (1818-1907) and her family's immigration and settlement experiences in Bury, Sherbrooke and Orford, Quebec. Caroline immigrated to Canada with her family in 1836. She married John Coombs in 1837. The file consists of a memorial booklet written by Eva A. Coombs, Caroline's grand-daughter.

Copping Family

The file contains biographical information on members of the Copping family from 1909 to 2005. It consists of a letter from Daniel Parkinson to Doris Banfill, dated 2005; an obituary for Ellen Colvin Cooper, dated 1921; a death announcement for John Alexander Copping, dated 1949; and a birthday annoucement for David McCurdy, dated 1909; a photograph of John and Alice Copping on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, from 1946; and a memorial record for Annie Maria Mason Copping, dated 1965.

Copping (famiily)

George Wilkie

The file consists of a photocopy of typewritten memoirs, as dictated by George Wilkie around 1940, regarding the history and early families that settled in the area of Hardwood Hill. The family names included in his memoirs include: Daniels, Begin, Connely, Knox, Hall, Dearden, Howan, Heatherington, Bliss, Campbell, Donaghey, Wooler, and Frame.

Wilkie, George Henry

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.

Lists of Electors

The file consists of printed electoral lists from 1896 to 1980 and two maps, one of Sherbrooke and the other of Megantic-Compton, Orford and Saint-François. The file provides information on electors in the electoral districts of Sherbrooke, Megantic-Compton Stanstead, and the Township of Cleveland (subdivision A). The lists are divided into urban polling-subdivisions and contain data such as electors' names, surnames, occupations and addresses.


The subseries contains source material on the development of agriculture in the Eastern Townships from 1836 to 1926. It is comprised of the following files: Farmers' Diaries (1836-[1909 photocopied 1983?]), Farmers' Account Books (1868-1926), and Fairs (1893-1983).

Farmers' Diaries

The file consists of four diaries: one diary of a farmer from Lacolle, dated 1836-1839, divided up into three booklets; a photocopy of "The Farm Journal of P.H. Gosse from the Season of 1837"; "The Farmers' Manual and Complete Accountant", edited and compiled by J.L. Nichols and Co., dated 1895, filled out by Bonn Little ca. 1903, North Hatley; and Mr. Dufy's diary covering the years 1903-1909. The file provides information on the development of agriculture in the Eastern Townships. Many details are provided on the following subjects: weather forecasting, cattle breeding, transportation, health, and cultural and political events such as the Rebellion of 1837. The farmers' manual contains general information on farming accountancy and records of production.

Magog Manufacturing Company

The file consists of a photocopy of one minute book of the Magog Manufacturing Company from 30 July 1845 to 19 March 1856. The file provides information on the constitution of the company, names of the shareholders, the minutes of regular and annual meetings and the development of manufacturing in the Eastern Townships.

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