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Brown, Robert J.

  • Person

The Y.M.C.A. chorus of which R. J. Brown was a member, was founded in the mid-1930s by Don McLaren. It was formed with the support of the Y.M.C.A. quartette which had been established some years earlier. The chorus was disbanded during World War II when many of the chorus members served in the armed forces. Moreover, in 1941 Don McLaren moved overseas to become a representative of the Y. M.C.A. in England.
The first year of this chorus was 1935 and as it started to grow and become more proficient, rehearsals came to be held twice a week instead of once a week. Later on a female section was added to the chorus. This included five girls and a female pianist, Miss Dorothy Schweitzer, who replaced the previous pianist, Freddie Oliver, who had moved to Toronto.
The Y.M.C.A. Chorus broadcast over C.F.R.B., Toronto in both 1938 and 1939 for J. M. Schneider Ltd. The broadcasts were carried out from the Y.M.C.A. gymnasium on the corner of Queen and Weber Street in Kitchener.
(Source : Materials in GA 113 R. J. Brown fonds).

Brown, Thomas Austen

  • Person

Thomas Austen Brown was the son of a drawing-master. He was a student of the Royal Scottish Academy School, and soon caught the attention of the critics at the exhibitions. His paintings, The Strawberry Harvest (1884), 'Love Lightens Toil' (1885), 'Hark! The Cuckoo' (1886) and 'Playmates' (R.A 1886) were scenes from country life, and were noted for their vibrant colours and sentimentality. As a result of his work at Cambuskenneth, Brown became closely associated with the Glasgow movement, working in both oil and watercolour. As a result, he also shared their early success in London and on the Continent. Brown later lived in the north of France, where he continued to paint in watercolour, and completed much of his later work. Brown was a successful artist, who won several first-class medals at print exhibitions in Munich, Dresden, Barcelona and Budapest (1861-1911).

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

  • Person
  • 1806-1861

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (nee Moulton-Barrett) was a British poet and activist of the Victorian period. Known for her prolific output, she was one of the leading poets of her time and was a contender for Poet Laureate. She was also a campaigner for the abolition of slavery and reform in child labour laws.

Brubacher, Hannah Maria

  • Person
  • 1837-1921

Hannah Maria Cook was born January 1, 1837 in Waterloo Township, now in the Region Of Waterloo, Ontario, to James and Elizabeth Cook. She married John A. Brubacher (1844-1837) on October 15, 1872. Hannah Brubacher died October 13, 1921.

Bruce, Hattie A.

  • Person
  • 1858-1930

Hattie A. Bruce was born in 1857 in or near Guelph, Ontario to George A. Bruce and Margaret Keith. She lived in Kitchener, Ontario, and supported herself independently, remaining unmarried until her death in 1930.

Burden, Fred C.

  • Person
  • 1863-1949

Fred C. Burden was born September 3, 1863 in Michigan. He died October 8, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.

Burk, C. F. (Cornelius Franklin)

  • Person

Born in Chicago, Cornelius Franklin Burk came to Canada in 1920 and was granted Canadian citizenship in 1934. He obtained a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto before working as a draftsman and test engineer at Sheldon's Ltd. in Galt in 1929. He later spent several years working in Talara, Peru as an employee of International Petrolium Ltd. Burk served as the Director of development at the University of Waterloo from 1959 to 1961 before becoming secretary-manager of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. He succeeded Clifford N. Hall in the role, who had held the position from it's creation in 1952 until 1961.

Burnett, Virgil

  • Person
  • 1928-2012

Born in Kansas in 1928, Virgil Burnett was an author, illustrator, and instructor whose work has been widely published in North America and Europe. He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Edward Melcarth, a Social Realist painter. In 1950, he was drafted, trained as a combat engineer, and sent to Europe where he served for two years in a propaganda company as an artist-illustrator. After his military service, he attended graduate school at Berkeley, taking a master's degree in Art History. When a Fulbright scholarship took Burnett to Paris in 1956, he encountered other expat artists including David Hill, whom he remained close friends with until Hill's death in 1977. Burnett also met Maurice Darantiere, a French publisher who made him aware of the expressive possibilities of the book arts. By 1960, he was working primarily as an illustrator. In the 1970s, he began as a professor in the Fine Arts department at the University of Waterloo. Burnett died in 2012

Burrett, Alida and George

  • Family

Alida Burrett (nee Schriel) (1944-2011), women's rights and environmental activist, was born August 26, 1944 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. At the age of six she immigrated to Canada with her parents and siblings. Alida attended Trent University for her B.A. (class of 1974) and Brock University for her B.Ed. (class of 1976). Alida met George Burrett while at Trent and the two married in 1971. Alida worked for B.F. Goodrich where she became involved in expanding the role of women in the company, and later as a teacher. Her passions were in women's rights and environmental protection and she became active as a student in the 1970s, helping to produce an early environmental magazine, and shortly after graduation as a champion of female equality in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Alida was involved in the Kitchener-Waterloo Status of Women Group in the 1980s and in 1997 she founded the Citizen's Advisory Council on Air Quality.

George Burrett is also politically and professionally active in environmental protection as well as peace, particularly in terms of nuclear disarmament. George was a member of the Waterloo Region Peace Network and performs home energy audits in the Waterloo Region.

Alida Burrett died March 25, 2011.

Burtness, Paul S.

  • Person

Paul S. Burtness was a professor at Northern Illinois University when, along with Warren U. Ober, he began researching the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific. Both men are U.S. Navy Veterans of World War II. Letters were written to a number of prominent military figures who were in power either at the time of the attack or shortly after America entered into the conflict. The letters, and subsequent research, have lead to a variety of publications over a fifty year period. (From GA 261 and

Butt, Clara

  • Person
  • February 1, 1872-January 23, 1936

Dame Clara Ellen Butt was a British contralto singer. She performed in operatic productions, as well as in popular concerts with her husband Kennerley Rumford. During the First World War many of her concerts were fundraisers for service charities. She died in 1936 in Oxfordshire.

Byers, Andrew

  • Person
  • [1849]-[1912]

Andrew Byers was born in [1849] to John Beyer and Anna Hauenstein.

Byers, Caroline

  • Person
  • 1860-1942

Caroline Byers (nee Graul) was born December 18, 1860. The daughter of William and Louise (nee Nordemann), she married Andrew Byers on August 30th, 1881 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellice Township, Ontario. Together they had seven children: John (1883-1956), William (August 1, 1885-August 13, 1921), Helen (1888-?), Elizabeth (September 4, 1887-?), Frederick (February [3 or 4], 1892), Catherine (November 7, 1893-?), Harry (July 4, 1896- July 13, 1957), and Susannah (November 5, 1899-?). Byers died May 2, 1942 and was entered at the Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery in Monkton, Ontario with the family surname spelled Baier.

Byers, Harry J.

  • Person
  • 1896-1957

Harry Byers was born in Brodhagen, Logan Township on July 31st, 1896 to Andrew Byers and Caroline Graul. Byers married his wife, Violet Boyers on October 21, 1929 in Burlington, Iowa. Violet was born to John and Sarah (nee Murray) in Missouri on November 15, 1908. Together they had four children before Violet died April 15 1943 in Listowel, Ontario due to complications from childbirth. Their children were: Robert John (May 12, 1932), Jean Mildred (October 20, 1933), James Allen (January 20, 1942), and Shirley Marie (April 3, 1943).

After serving in WWI for both Canada and the United States, Harry was honourably discharged for medical reasons in 1919 due to arthritis in his left hip. After the war, Harry was trained by the Kansas Sweeney Tractor Machine Company in the 1920's. He was then employed by the Grain Trust to go to the USSR from 1930-1931 to instruct Russians in the operation of large machinery, as part of the First Russian Five Year Plan. Violet went to Russia with him and the two kept a diary of events of their time in the country. Byers lived and worked in Grozny, Moscow, and Nikolsk (now Ussuriysk) among others. The couple returned to the United States and lived in Iowa until 1938 when they returned to Canada to settle in the Waterloo Region.

Byers lived his final years Kitchener, Ontario where he worked as a City Cab Company dispatcher and was a member of the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. He and his wife Lorraine (nee McKay) lived at 27 Onward Ave. Byers died on July 13, 1957 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital after a short illness. He was buried in a soldier's plot at Woodland Cemetery.

Byers, Violet

  • Person
  • 1908-1943

Violet Marie Byers was born November 15, 1908 in Missouri to John Lester and Sarah (nee Murray) Boyers. She married Harry J. Byers on October 21, 1929 and together they had four children: Robert John (May 12, 1932), Jean Mildred (October 20, 1933), James Allen (January 20, 1942), and Shirley Marie (April 3, 1943).

Byers died April 15 1943 in Listowel, Ontario as a result of complications from childbirth.

Caldwell, Betty

  • Person
  • active 1945-1946

Betty Caldwell was a feature reporter for the Rocky Mountain News of Denver, Colorado. Source: Billboard, Dec. 7, 1946, p. 102.

Calthrop, Dion William Palgrave Clayton

  • Person
  • 1878-1937

Dion Calthrop was born May 2, 1878 in London, England, the son of actors. He was introduced to the stage while still a young child. He wrote a number of books, but he is also known for his paintings. He died in England, March 1937.

Cambridge, Alexander, earl of Athlone

  • Person
  • 1874-1957

Alexander Cambridge, earl of Athlone, was Governor General of Canada from 1940-1945 while William Lyon Mackenzie was Prime Minister. See the Dictionary of National Biography for full biographical details.

Campbell, William Wilfred

  • Person
  • 1861-1918

William Wilfred Campbell was born in Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario, on June 1, 1861. He was educated at the University of Toronto and continued on to the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1885, he was ordained to the Church of England ministry and, soon afterwards, was appointed to a parish in New England. Returning to Canada in 1888, he became Rector of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He retired in 1891 from the Church and moved to Ottawa, where he began to write short poems in a village paper, after which he became a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, the Century and Harper's. He had a number of volumes of his poems published. He was a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Campbell died in 1918.


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Canada. Department of Veterans' Affairs

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is the department within the Government of Canada with responsibility for pensions, benefits and services for war veterans, retired and still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), their families, as well as some civilians.

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