The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage in a regular feature called The Way We Were.

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Image of the month: Love Letters to Jane Evans, 1873

This image features two love letters written by Dr. Thomas Keffer to his fiancée, Jane Evans, in July of 1873. Born in Sherwood, just south of Maple, in 1843, Thomas Keffer set up his medical practice in Petrolia upon graduating from Victoria College in 1866, and married his first wife Eliza Wade, with whom he had three children. After Eliza’s death, Thomas moved to Beeton where he met Jane Evans. They were married in 1873 and settled in Tottenham. They had seven children. In his letters, Thomas expresses his delight and excitement at Jane’s acceptance of his marriage proposal: “Jennie dear, I know it will be a happy moment for me when I shall call you “‘wife.'”

Collection of the month: Wilbert Cousins Fonds

Wilbert “Cuddy” Cousins was a long-time Maple resident and manager of the Maple Women’s Softball Team. The items in his fonds span the years 1891-1928 and consist of eight black-and-white images mounted on cardboard of the staff and students of Maple school as well as various clubs, including the Vaughan Off-Hand Rifle Club, the Wahwaskesh Hunt Club and the Maple Women’s Softball Team. Although small and fragmented, the fonds provides examples of local organizations and social activities of early Vaughan Township history.

Bailey Chui
Archives Record Analyst

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