Fonds 406

Fonds Number: 406

Title: Peterborough County House of Refuge

Creator: William C. Grant

Dates of Material: 1906- 2006

Physical Description: 3 inches (8 cm)

Scope and Contents:

Records and historical research notes of Kim Krenz related to the history of the Peterborough County House of Refuge, and the successor Rosemere Manor. The House of Refuge operated from 1906 to the 1970s, and Rosemere Manor was established as a seniors residence around 1979.

Access Conditions:
Open to researchers.

Finding Aids:
None Available on site.

None expected.

Custodial History:

These records were created by Kim Krenz, 2005-2006, in the course of his research on Rosemere Manor. His account was published in the Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, November 2006, along with other stories that related to the formation of the House of Refuge. The papers were donated to the Trent Valley Archives, 7 February 2014.

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History

There is a history of the Peterborough Protestant Home in History 475, Anson House, a home and a refuge (2001), edited by Elwood Jones and Brendan Edwards. There is also the excellent study of Ontario social welfare by Richard B. Splane, Social Welfare in Ontario, 1791-1893 (1965).

File list

0 Donation form
1 Preston Family [The House of Refuge was built on the former Preston farm.]
2 House of Refuge Land arrangements
3 Reports and bylaws, 1903-1906
4 House of Refuge, census 1911
5 Historical research on House of Refuge
6 Historical Research on Rosemene Manor
Includes sketch map of the property created by Kim Krenz
7 Survey and planning documents, 1978-1981
8 Survey and planning documents, 1987-1993
9 John Deremo and Hattie Williams, 1938
10 House of Refuge Photo Collage. All photos by Roy Studios, 6 photos
   1) Rosemere Manor and outbuilding, 1906
   2) Group picture of the men
   3) Group pictrure of the women
   4) Group picture of the staff and their dog
   5) Two toddlers
11 Peterboorugh County House of Refuge, 7 photos
12 House of Refuge, Board of Management, 1907, 1 photo, 1 xerox
Collage includes portraits of R. N. Scott, P. McNulty and Robert Shaw
13 House of Refuge people, 2 vintage prints, 6 other photos
   1) Howard Beavis
   2) Group at the Henry Beavis house: Ella, Howard, Ken Beavis; Grandpa and Grandma Beavis;       and housekeeper, Mrs Fitzgerald
   3) tea at the House of Refuge
   4) Richard McCarthy
   5) Early resident with canoe paddle [perhaps Benjamin Haines]
   6) Two toddlers
   7) photo of newsclipping showing June and John Turner MPP withe Eileen and Vern Tewsley, the owners of Rosemere Manor, along with Gordon Joy, reeve of Smith Township, 1981.
   8) Scroll of presentation, 29 November 1978, to Albert and Lila McConnell for 25 years managing the House of Refuge.
14 Rosemere Manor, Remembrance Day, 2006, 3 colour photos
15 House of Refuge / Rosemere Manor, photographs on CD
The photos have been transferred to the TVA computers.
16 Wellington County House of Refuge
Copy of photo, c. 1892, of the Wellington County House of Refuge, together with an email suggesting sources for research on Houses of Refuge.