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Accession Number: 94-1005


Dickson family fonds. -- 1853-1957.-- 2 folders.

Biography / History

Samuel Dickson was born in 1809 in CountyCavan, Ireland. He emigrated from Ireland to Peterborough in 1830and became employed by James Hall as a distiller. In 1840 he builta saw mill on the Otonabee and owned all the land from Parkhill(Smith Rd.) to the bridge on Hunter Street on both sides of theriver. He married Ann Holmes and they had ten children: one sonand nine daughters of whom only six daughters survived. SamuelDickson was on the Peterborough Council for four years. He builta number of houses and owned a large portion of Peterborough property.He died in 1870 when, while supervising the repair of a railwaypier, he fell into the river and drowned. His daughters marriedand they and their husbands helped to run the lumber business.His eldest daughter, Mary Ann, married T.A. Hazlitt, who on thedeath of Samuel Dickson became the manager of the lumber business.Elizabeth married William Davidson and through her line the familymaintained the lumber business. In 1906 the Dickson family soldsome of their property and established the Peterborough LumberCompany which would give jobs to some of the older men from theDickson Co. Samuel's grandson Dickson Davidson was the Presidentof the new company. When he died Laura Davidson became President.At her death in 1957, Helen Munroe McCrae, became the President.She was a great granddaughter of Samuel Dickson.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Lois Davidsonbefore it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of letters from Hugh Munro,Edinburgh, to his son Samuel Munro and daughter-in-law Emma DavidsonMunro as well as letters to Samuel Dickson from his mother inIreland. There are also photographs and newspaper obituaries ofLaura Davidson, President of Peterborough (Dickson) Lumber Companyfrom 1934 to 1957; photographs of the Dickson home on DicksonStreet, Peterborough and typescript histories of the Dickson LumberCompany.


Title based on contents of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Lois Davidson.

Restrictions: N

For related records see: 77-003, 82-006 and96-1011.