David Fisher Fonds F877

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Date of the items: 1928-1970

Physical description: 12 Photographs

Title: David Fisher Fonds

Creator: David Fisher

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: TVA Fonds 877

Scope and contents: Fonds consists of 12 photographs relating to steamboats in the Kawarthas, the Chemong floating bridge, and a log raft going through Young’s Point lock; most seem to be Roy Studio photos and one is a Parks Studio print.

Access Conditions: No Restrictions

Finding aid: None, see file listing below

Accruals: No further accruals are expected

Custodial history: The photographs were acquired by David Fisher’s father, Chester. They were shared on Facebook by David Fisher and then delivered to Elwood Jones, who donated them on his behalf, 2021. The photos arrived in excellent condition; they were placed in photo preservers and numbered upon their arrival.

Biographical sketch: Chester Fisher was born in 1922 in Birmingham, England, and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1923. They resided in East City, and Chester was educated at King George Public School and PCVS. After graduation, he applied for a job at GE as a tool and dye maker, eventually being promoted to a management position. While he was working at GE, his brother William Fisher was establishing his own manufacturing firm, Fisher Gauge. In 1955, Chester moved over to Fisher Gauge to take on a new role as Production Manager, and would be responsible for administration and public relations at the company, helping it grow from the 1950s to the 1970s with expansions both locally and internationally.

He married Marjorie Jean Powers and had six children; David, Jon, Dan, Jim, Beth, and Mark. He was deeply religious and was active in both his church and the greater Peterborough community. He was involved with the Sir Sandford Fleming College Institution for Innovation and Enterprise, the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, The Peterborough City County Disaster Trust Fund and The Otonabee Region Conservation Foundation, among other organizations. He passed away on May 21, 1992 at age 70. Fleming College created the Chester Fisher Memorial Student Bursary in his name, awarded to a business student in need each year.

Related fonds at TVA: F628 John T Brooks has materials relating to steamboats in the Kawarthas.

F569 Herb Franklin, F781 James A. Gifford and F858 Chemong Floating Bridge contain materials relating to the Chemong Floating Bridge.

TVA has the William Fisher fonds and related Fisher Gauge documents currently being processed.

Access Points:
Steamboats on the Trent-Severn
Chemong Floating Bridge
Young’s Point Lock

List of Files:

  1. Floating bridge, with car parked on the bridge, c. 1928, 20×25 cm [8×10”] from glass plate, Roy VR 3029
  2. Floating bridge showing damage from ice, Roy VR 7856
  3. Floating bridge with cars going both ways, titled “Original Floating Bridge over Lake Chemong”, Photo by Parks Peterboro
  4. Two steamboats in a lock, and a third in the distance. The steamboats in the lock are SS Lintonia and SS Empress. Good illustrations of the fashions. Roy VR 7709
  5. The Esturion with passengers docked, possibly on Stony Lake on regatta day. The SS Esturian was with Trent Valley Navigation Company. Roy VR 7916
  6. SS Eva, Roy VR 7710
  7. SS Columbian, Roy MS 486, copy NN488, dated 1892-1895
  8. SS Empress, Trent Valley Navigation Company, VR 253
  9. Stony Lake Regatta, Juniper Island, Roy VR 99-B; includes photos of SS Stoney Lake and SS Ogemah, as well as many canoes and spectators
  10. SS Bessie Butler, Roy VR 7712
  11. SS Islinda and Water Lily at Young’s Point, Roy 974, NN 323
  12. Log rafts going through lock at Young’s Point; excellent view of buildings at site. Roy MS 251 NN 258