Date of the items: 1897, 1991-2000
Physical description: 10 cm
Title: Rex Rose Fonds
Creator: Rex Rose
Repository: Trent Valley Archives
Reference number: TVA Fonds
Scope and contents: The fonds consists of materials compiled by Rex Rose while serving on the Board of Directors for Anson House, including AGM minutes, long range planning information and a supportive housing proposal. Also includes a copy of the book “For Such a Time as This.”
Access Conditions: No Restrictions
Finding aid: None, see file listing below
Accruals: No further accruals are expected
Custodial history: Rex Rose lent these materials to the Anson House Project and Elwood Jones in 2000; Elwood Jones then transferred them to the Trent Valley Archives on April 2, 2016.
Biographical sketch: Rex Rose was born on June 8, 1922. He worked at Canadian General Electric, and served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War as a petty officer in the engine room. After the war, he continued working at CGE, and then drove school buses for Trentway until his retirement. He was also involved in many community service organizations including Anson House, The Brock Mission and the Navy Club. He was married twice, to Mildred Campbell and Margaret Moeller, and had eight children: Elizabeth, Rex, Francis, Margaret, Patricia, Wendy, Mary, and John. He passed away on December 18, 2021 at the age of 99.
Administrative history: Emerging from the Peterborough Relief Society, the Peterborough Protestant Home, as Anson House was then known, was established in a house at the corner of Sherbrooke and Bethune streets in 1865. In 1870, after the house was demolished to make room for the railway yards of the Midland Railway, the home moved to the old stone brewery around the corner from Hutchinson House on Brock Street. In 1912, after demands for more space and better facilities increased, the home moved to its third and final purpose-built location on Anson Street, renaming itself to Anson House.
Originally designed to house anyone in need of support, the scope of the home slowly narrowed to focus on senior citizens, with some of the home’s residents paying for room and board and some living there with the assistance of government grants and other funding. In the early 2000s, the home was turned into senior living apartments, and a portion of the new St. Joseph’s at Fleming long-term care facility was named after Anson House in its honour. For more information, see the history of the organization, “Anson House: a Refuge and A Home” (Trent University History 475 Class, edited by Elwood Jones and Brendon Edwards, 2001)
Related fonds at TVA: See F35 Anson House; F48 Anson House Project; F455 Anson House Treasurer; F456 Anson House Board of Directors and F457 Anson House Auxiliary for more materials related to Anson House.
The Peterborough Protestant Home
Anson House Project
List of Files:
- Anson House AGM Minutes, 1991
- Anson House Special Board Meeting Minutes, 1991
- Anson House AGM Minutes, 1992
- Anson House AGM Minutes, 1993
- Anson House AGM Minutes, 1994
- Anson House AGM Minutes, 1998
- Anson House AGM Minutes, 1999
- Anson House AGM Reports, 1999
- Anson House AGM Agenda + Reports, 2000
- AGM 1998
- Anson House Operating Budget Proposals, 1999
- Long Range Planning Committee Minutes + Materials, 1994-1997
- Anson House Modified Supportive Housing Proposal, June 1997
- Anson House Functional Program Report, June 1997
- Book “For Such a Time as This,” 1987