Wanted!!! I am on the lookout...

As you may have guessed, I am a collector of all things local history!

I have a big collection of photographs, books, articles and miscellaneous items I have collected over the last 15-20 years, but I am always looking for more.

If you have any older items that you would be willing to share, especially photographs, I am interested! Even if it is just to make copies of it, that's good enough for me. 

I am especially interested in the following:

* Any old phone books or Ottawa city directory books (pre-1980)
* Any old school yearbooks from any of the high schools in this area, such as Nepean High School, Champlain High School, Highland Park, Fisher, etc.
* Any old documents, files, letters, etc. to do with anything from the Kitchissippi area
* Especially any old photographs taken anywhere in the Kitchissippi area, particularly of houses, businesses, streets, etc. These things are especially invaluable to me in my research, and always come in handy when researching neighbouring homes, the history of a street, etc. The older the better, particularly if you have old family albums that date back to the early 1900s and which contain photos of family members in front of a house, or in the street, or posing in front of a business, these types of photos are always so useful to me, and I would love to acquire a copy (or scan your originals). 

If you have any items that you feel might be of interest, please do get in touch with me. My email address is daveallston@rogers.com and I would love to hear from you. (If you prefer they not be published/shared on the blog, that's ok, I'm happy to acquire them just for my own research purposes too). 

Thanks so much.

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  1. I worked at the main branch of the ottawa public library in the early 1990s and at that time they had all the old phone books (real copies, not microfiche) dating back to the 1950s. I doubt they have them in the stacks anymore, but hopefully they stored them and didn't destroy them. You could enquire as to their whereabouts and whether they would sell them or give them away, or let you have access.

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  2. Hi Dave. Do you have any old photographs of 842 Byron Ave (Byron and Courtney) the original house bought and built on by William Tate (the McKellar Park developer) and later lived in by Margaret McKellar?

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    1. Hi Dr. Hindson. Sorry, I somehow missed this comment you made earlier this summer. In fact, I do have an old photo of this house - would you believe I have a photo of it mid-construction? :) I'm saving it for a someday-upcoming article on Courtenay Avenue. But if it's something you're really keen to see, send me an email (daveallston AT rogers DOT com) and I'd be happy to send it to you in advance. Cheers!

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  3. Very interesting article on the history of Fraser ave, Dave. Had you seen this piece about the McKellar Park Golf Club - http://flagstick.com/editors-desk/history-walk-first-ottawa-city-district-junior-golf-championship/ There was a more complete article in the same magazine that is mentioned in Grainger's article but is no longer on line.

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    1. Thank you. I have seen that article, it was very well done, and I've referred to it often. I have a detailed article on the golf course of my own that's in the works... hopefully will have it out soon! Cheers, thanks for reading.

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  4. Hey sorry I don't have anything for you but I saw your recent article in K-Times and am looking for more information on General Grant. I live on Grant St and am having trouble finding with google just who that was.

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    1. Hmmm, not the General Grant from CFRA? ; )
      http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/egan-ken-the-general-grant-hits-80-writes-tale-of-life-on-the-air

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  5. Hi Dave!

    I love your blog and Kitchisippi Times articles! I love history (one of my undergraduate degrees!) And especially stories about our neighborhood. I have only lived here 13 years, but am from a small town in SW Ontario and love how Hintonburg feels similar. I am particularly interested in learning more about Gladstone Avenue history as we currently live at 1174 and try to take care of our dear old 1928 constructed girl who will be 90 next year and has sheltered at least 5 families that we are aware of since then. Keep the stories coming and thanks!

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  6. I am a descendant of David Ladouceur. I would love to learn more about him and I read somewhere you may have a picture of him? Joannecummings@rocketmail.com

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  7. Hi David, I sent you a message via Ancestry. I do have the book Hintonburg & Mechanicsville Narrative History by John Leaning. Many beautiful pictures in the book but you probably have it. Will look for more. Cheers ! Carmen

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  8. Hi, Dave,
    I am trying to contact you to participate in Jane's Walk. Let me know if you would like to lead a walk this year. Your choice of topic. Call me at 613 563-4922 and let me know whether you received my email from about a week ago.
    Leigh
    jane@janeswalkottawa.ca

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    1. I would like to attend said Jane's walk. =D

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  9. William Thomson is my 5th GG. I am still searching for information about his family and appreciate the story you did on Maplelawn very much. My entire family grew up around O'Meara, Hilda, Carruthers... and I have yearbooks from Champlain from 72-77 and many family photos around the area. Perhaps we can help each other :)

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  10. Hello Dave,
    I read and commented on your article "Hintonburg Builder: David Manchester. He was my Great Grandfather and I can did out some old photos and other memorabilia I may have on hand. I would like to know what if anything might come of your article in giving David Manchester in the history pages of Hintonburg....

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