Fonds MG 49 - Watson family fonds [Textual record and other material]

Camp Ahshunyoong District Junior Farmers Camp, 1952 Camp Ahshunyoong District Junior Farmers Camp, 1949 Binder Twine Festival Artifacts, n.d. Binder Twine Festival Artifacts, n.d. Binder Twine Festival Artifacts, n.d. Binder Twine Festival Artifacts, n.d. Binder Twine Festival Artifacts, n.d. Binder Twine Festival Photographs, n.d. Binder Twine Festival Artifacts, n.d. Ruth, Heather and Vida at the Binder Twine Festival, n.d.
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Watson family fonds [Textual record and other material]

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CA CoV Archives MG 49

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  • 1926-2016 (Creation)

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  • 138.5 cm of textual records

  • 23 photographs: b&w; 20 x 42 cm or smaller

  • ca. 50 photographs: col

  • 6 postcards: b&w; 10 x 15 cm or smaller

  • 121 slides

  • 2 filmstrips of photographic negatives

  • 1 map; 90 x 114 cm

  • 11 posters; 50 x 71 cm or smaller

  • 1 atlas

  • 12 objects: buttons, ribbons, stand with dolls, plates, paint can lifter, boxes with vials of seeds, medallion, LP 33 record

  • 2 computer disks: ca. 1200 photographs: b&w and col.; 12 cm (diam.)

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Norman Watson and his wife Olive were depression era farmers in Vaughan Township at Rutherford Rd and Hwy 27. Norman was very involved in the Kleinburg United Church, the Kleinburg Gables (Kleinburg Rotary Non-Profit Housing Corporation), and the Vaughan Public Library Board. They had two daughters, Norma and Marina.

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Fonds consists of administrative records for the Kleinburg United Church, the Kleinburg Gables (Kleinburg Rotary Non-Profit Housing Corporation), and the Vaughan Public Library Board, Woodbridge fair and Binder Twine Festival posters, an 1878 atlas, a copy of the 1860 Tremaine map, photos of the District Junior Farmer's Camp, Camp Ahshunyoog, in 1949 and 1952, postcards of Kleinburg streetscapes, newspaper clippings of events in Woodbridge and Kleinburg, Binder Twine Festival programs from 1968 to 2011 (missing 1988, 1992-2000 and 2003-2004), two Binder Twine dolls on a stand made by Olive Watson adn entered in the 1984 Binder Twine Festival's Doll Competition (received honourable mention), two Woodbridge Fair ribbons for High Points won by Janet Watson in the late 1970s or early 1980s for highest number of points in baking, an issue of the Weston Collegiate Alumni News which includes a writeup on former Kleinburg resident Dave Eadie, as well as newspaper clippings and other ephemera. Also includes a 1956 phone directory, two boxes with vials filled with seeds from the Watson farm for school projects, copy of Watson family history, and an Arlow family history with photos of farm and Rutherford Rd in 1930s.

Accession M016.19 consists of 5 photoprints on copy loan of Binder Twine Festivals in the 1970s and 1980s. One image features a Doll Making Bee taken at the Watson House in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Four images feature the Watson and Kerr families at the 1974 Binder Twine Festival.

Accession M016.20 consists of one CD containing 262 images of the 2015 Binder Twine Festival, including events and attendees.

Accession M016.25 consists of one CD containing over 900 images of historic and recent Binder Twine Festivals spanning the years 1967-2016 and includes committee meetings and Binder Twine quilts.

Accession M017.9 consists of materials that were collected by the Watson Family that were collected over the course of several generations and relate to Kleinburg, the Binder Twine Festival and the Watson Family. Of particular interest are three quilted Binder Twine Albums which chronicle the Festival's Quilting contest from 1968-2016. Additional information regarding the Nashville Railway Scout House, The Kleinburg United Church and the development of the William T. Foster Woods are also of interest as the family was largely involved in these groups/developments.

Accession M017.12 consists of materials that related to the Watson Family and their farm located on Lot 7, Concession 6. Included are indentures, mortgage agreements, estate paperwork and farm account books, as well as information on the Estate Auction of Robert Watson.

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  • English

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  • Bay 5, Sh. 31 (M012.13; M016.19; M016.20; M016.25)
  • Bay 5, Sh. 32 (M012.20; M002.6)
  • Bay 5, Sh. 33 (M017.9; M017.12)
  • Bay 5, Sh. 34 (M017.9)
  • Bay 18, Sh. 13
  • Map 18

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