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  • The Townsend Mansion
    ImageText       Summary This Georgian-revival structure built circa 1848 can be found in the small town of Mount Pleasant; it was constructed on lot 9 and part of lot 8. This property used to be 414 acres originally granted to William Sturgis. Eventually 100 acres was sold to Alvah Townsend, thus the ...
    ImageText     Summary This Georgian-revival structure built circa 1848 can be found in the small town of Mount Pleasant; it was constructed on lot 9 and part of lot 8. This property ...
  • The Work of Our Hands: A History of Mount Pleasant, 1799~1899
    TextImagecomment       The Work of Our Hands chronicles the history of the town of Mount Pleasant from its earliest settlements through the end of the 19th century. In order to have meaning, local history must relate all aspects of a particular community‚Äôs development to a larger context. Mount Pleasant stands out as ...
    TextImagecomment     The Work of Our Hands chronicles the history of the town of Mount Pleasant from its earliest settlements through the end of the 19th century. In order to have meaning, ...
  • Devlin Family Siblings, c. 1870s
    Image       This photograph, taken c. 1870, depicts a group of Devlin family siblings from Mount Pleasant. It was printed on page 210 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. The people in this photo are: Top row from left, G.F. Devlin; Jim Devlin; ...
    Image     This photograph, taken c. 1870, depicts a group of Devlin family siblings from Mount Pleasant. It was printed on page 210 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, ...
  • Mount Pleasant Foot Ball Club
    Image       This undated photograph, probably taken in the early 1900s, shows the players of the Mount Pleasant Foot Ball Club. It was printed on page 224 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. The men in the photo are, left to right: Back ...
    Image     This undated photograph, probably taken in the early 1900s, shows the players of the Mount Pleasant Foot Ball Club. It was printed on page 224 of The Work of Our ...
  • Postcard depicting the Rev. George Bryce
    ImageText       The original correspondence reads: Mrs. B+I having finished our tour in England, [Italy?] & Scotland expect to sail from Glasgow to Montreal on Sept. 5th Best wishes George Bryce Birthday April 22nd It was addressed to Dr. John Bryce V.S. Erie City Pennsylvania United States Later notes on the postcard ...
    ImageText     The original correspondence reads: Mrs. B+I having finished our tour in England, [Italy?] & Scotland expect to sail from Glasgow to Montreal on Sept. 5th Best wishes George Bryce Birthday ...
  • Biggar House, Mount Pleasant, c. 1960
    Imagecomment       This photograph depicts Biggar House with a later addition, c. 1960. It was printed on page 72 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. Biggar House was originally built in the early 19th century, probably for Robert Biggar, by John Randall Ellis. ...
    Imagecomment     This photograph depicts Biggar House with a later addition, c. 1960. It was printed on page 72 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by ...
  • Brucefield House, Mount Pleasant, with Tennis Player
    Image       This undated photograph, c. 1900, shows a young man playing tennis on the lawn of Brucefield, Mount Pleasant's most palatial home. It was printed on page 140 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger and was provided by Linda Guest. Brucefield was built in the 1840s for Abraham ...
    Image     This undated photograph, c. 1900, shows a young man playing tennis on the lawn of Brucefield, Mount Pleasant's most palatial home. It was printed on page 140 of The Work ...
  • Playbill for "Borderland," performed at Mount Pleasant Centennial Old Boys' Reunion, 1908
    Text       This playbill provides the program for a 1908 production of "Borderland," a play by Charles Townsend, performed at the Mount Pleasant Old Boys' reunion. It was printed on page 205 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. This was the second performance ...
    Text     This playbill provides the program for a 1908 production of "Borderland," a play by Charles Townsend, performed at the Mount Pleasant Old Boys' reunion. It was printed on page 205 ...
  • Devlin's Store, 1909
    Image       GEO. F. DEVLIN'S STORE MT. PLEASANT, ONT.
    Image     GEO. F. DEVLIN'S STORE MT. PLEASANT, ONT.
  • Andrew Eadie Home, c. 1850s
    ImageText       (from an old daguerreotype) Andrew Eadie's home - Andrew the one in the cap,(probably 2nd wife) Silk hat believed to be Herbert Biggar
    ImageText     (from an old daguerreotype) Andrew Eadie's home - Andrew the one in the cap,(probably 2nd wife) Silk hat believed to be Herbert Biggar
  • Ellis/Carlyle House, c. 1900?
    Image       This undated photograph (possibly early 1900s) shows the house of Mrs. J. R. Ellis, daughter of John Carlyle who was half-brother of Thomas Carlyle. It was printed on page 182 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest.
    Image     This undated photograph (possibly early 1900s) shows the house of Mrs. J. R. Ellis, daughter of John Carlyle who was half-brother of Thomas Carlyle. It was printed on page 182 ...
  • Captain James Ellis
    Image       This undated photograph shows Captain James Ellis wearing a Civil War uniform in New Orleans. Like many young Canadians at that time, he enlisted in the American Civil War. Two of his brothers, Edward and Wallace, also enlisted - Edward died during the war. He was the son of Henry ...
    Image     This undated photograph shows Captain James Ellis wearing a Civil War uniform in New Orleans. Like many young Canadians at that time, he enlisted in the American Civil War. Two ...
  • Duncan Marquis House, 726 Mount Pleasant Road
    Image       This undated photograph shows the Duncan Marquis house, owned by Dr. Duncan Marquis where he set up his practice in the 1870s. The side wing was most likely his dispensary. It later belonged to O. McAlister. This photograph was printed on page 217 of The Work of Our Hands by ...
    Image     This undated photograph shows the Duncan Marquis house, owned by Dr. Duncan Marquis where he set up his practice in the 1870s. The side wing was most likely his dispensary. ...
  • Main Street West, Mount Pleasant, c. 1912-14
    ImageText       This postcard, c. 1912-14, shows Mount Pleasant's Main Street. The view looks north from the Presbyterian Church, with the manse visible to the left. The town's first cement sidewalk can be seen - the previous wooden one was replaced using money raised by the Old Boys' Reunion of 1908. To ...
    ImageText     This postcard, c. 1912-14, shows Mount Pleasant's Main Street. The view looks north from the Presbyterian Church, with the manse visible to the left. The town's first cement sidewalk can ...
  • Main Street Mount Pleasant North from Rainbow Hill, c. 1900
    Image       VILLAGE SCENE MOUNT PLEASANT
    Image     VILLAGE SCENE MOUNT PLEASANT
  • Main Street Mount Pleasant, West Side Looking South, 1912
    Image       This 1912 photograph shows the West side of Mount Pleasant's Main Street. The buildings This photograph was printed on page 222 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger and was provided by Linda Guest.
    Image     This 1912 photograph shows the West side of Mount Pleasant's Main Street. The buildings This photograph was printed on page 222 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger ...
  • Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, c. 1915?
    Image       PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MT PLEASANT ONT
    Image     PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MT PLEASANT ONT
  • Sturgis House, c. 1960
    Imagecomment       This photograph, c. 1960, shows a Sturgis house that was built c. 1820. It is said to be the earliest brick house in Mount Pleasant, and was later owned by J. E. Smyth. It was demolished in the 1980s. This photograph was printed on page 65 of The Work of ...
    Imagecomment     This photograph, c. 1960, shows a Sturgis house that was built c. 1820. It is said to be the earliest brick house in Mount Pleasant, and was later owned by ...
  • Mrs. Jas. Biggar & Mrs. Geo. Houlding Driving to Women's Institute Meeting, c. 1900
    Image       This photograph shows Mrs. Jas. Biggar (driving) and Mrs. Geo. Houlding on their way to a Women's Institute meeting sometime in the early 1900s. Mrs. Houlding was the first president of the Institute; the Mount Pleasant Women's Institute was founded 1903. This photograph was printed on page 218 of The ...
    Image     This photograph shows Mrs. Jas. Biggar (driving) and Mrs. Geo. Houlding on their way to a Women's Institute meeting sometime in the early 1900s. Mrs. Houlding was the first president ...
  • John Randall Ellis, c. 1892
    Image       This photograph depicts John Randall Ellis, maker of furniture, houses, and coffins. He provided his services to the most affluent families of the village. The photograph was printed on page 182 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest.
    Image     This photograph depicts John Randall Ellis, maker of furniture, houses, and coffins. He provided his services to the most affluent families of the village. The photograph was printed on page ...
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The Work of Our Hands


This group contains the images which were printed in The Work of Our Hands, by Sharon Jaeger. Most of them have been scanned from the original photos or documents for authenticity.