Fonds MCC24 - Dalling family

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Dalling family

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CA CC MCC24

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  • 1825-1960 (Creation)
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    Dalling (family)

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70 cm of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Horace Victor Dalling was a Woodstock jeweler, optician, and owner of Dalling's jewelry store, which was located on Main Street, Woodstock, New Brunswick. He was the watch inspector for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and manufactured the first two telephones in Woodstock, which he placed in his store and in his home. Horace Victor Dalling was born in Richmond to Thomas (1820-1894) and Matilda (1825-1905) Dalling. His father was a Presbyterian farmer whose family had been in the area for nearly a century. In 1878, H. V. moved to Woodstock and established his business. In 1879, he married Mary Isabella McKilligan, daughter of John (1807-1890) and Catherine (1827-1908) McKilligan of Simonds. The couple lived on Richmond Street until 15 March 1910 when they moved into the Shea House at 106 Albert Street, Woodstock. Mrs. Dalling died on 7 June 1927. Mr. Dalling continued to run his store until 1929, when he retired because of ill health. His daughter, Edith, ran the store until his death on 9 January 1931.

H. V. Dalling and his wife had four children. The first, Clifford, was born on 4 March 1880. At some point he moved to Saskatchewan, where in Regina, he married Josie on 24 February 1908. On 15 December 1908, he left from Saskatoon and was never heard from again. On 19 March 1909, Josie moved to Woodstock, and on 21 June 1909, Josie and Clifford's son, Orville, was born. In May of 1917, Josie died from tuberculosis. Orville lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Dalling, for a time, then went to Orono, Maine, to live with the Shatney family. He was later married and had at least two children.

The second child of Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Dalling was Estella B., who was born on 5 November 1881. On 30 September 1907, Stella was married to Allison Osceola "Oley" Townsend, who, at one time, had been a Woodstock Fire Department employee. The couple lived on Maple Street in Woodstock until 28 August 1908. On 15 March 1907, Stella, with her mother, Mrs. H. V. Dalling, helped to establish the Woodstock Branch of the Rebekah Lodge No. 44. On 17 July 1911, Stella died of tuberculosis.

William Victor (“Billie”) Dalling was born to Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Dalling on 25 April 1885. In 1911, he left for Toronto to work with the large jewelry firm of Ryrie Bros. In February of 1915, he enlisted with the 13th C. F. A. No. 83473, and in May of that year, went with them to France. He was wounded there on 13 October 1916. After operations in England and Canada, he was in Fredericton waiting for his discharge when he contracted pneumonia. He died on 19 October 1918.

The youngest child of the Dalling family was Edith Pauline Dalling, who was born on 19 December 1888. She worked in her father's store and ran it after his retirement. She was active in the Presbyterian church, and sang in the choir. In August 1963, she suffered a stroke. Edith Dalling died in December of 1963.

H. V. Dalling and his wife had four children. The first, Clifford, was born on 4 March 1880. At some point he moved to Saskatchewan, where in Regina, he married Josie on 24 February 1908. On 15 December 1908, he left from Saskatoon and was never heard from again. On 19 March 1909, Josie moved to Woodstock, and on 21 June 1909, Josie and Clifford's son, Orville, was born. In May of 1917, Josie died from tuberculosis. Orville lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Dalling, for a time, then went to Orono, Maine, to live with the Shatney family. He was later married and had at least two children.

The second child of Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Dalling was Estella B., who was born on 5 November 1881. On 30 September 1907, Stella was married to Allison Osceola "Oley" Townsend, who, at one time, had been a Woodstock Fire Department employee. The couple lived on Maple Street in Woodstock until 28 August 1908. On 15 March 1907, Stella, with her mother, Mrs. H. V. Dalling, helped to establish the Woodstock Branch of the Rebekah Lodge No. 44. On 17 July 1911, Stella died of tuberculosis.

William Victor (“Billie”) Dalling was born to Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Dalling on 25 April 1885. In 1911, he left for Toronto to work with the large jewelry firm of Ryrie Bros. In February of 1915, he enlisted with the 13th C. F. A. No. 83473, and in May of that year, went with them to France. He was wounded there on 13 October 1916. After operations in England and Canada, he was in Fredericton waiting for his discharge when he contracted pneumonia. He died on 19 October 1918.

The youngest child of the Dalling family was Edith Pauline Dalling, who was born on 19 December 1888. She worked in her father's store and ran it after his retirement. She was active in the Presbyterian church, and sang in the choir. In August 1963, she suffered a stroke. Edith Dalling died in December of 1963.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists mainly of documents related to the Dalling family's personal activities rather than to the family's jewelry store. There are photographs, correspondence, journals, photoplays and essays, social memorabilia, memorials, and newspaper clippings. Photographs date from 1885 to 1960 and are of Woodstock landmarks and the surrounding landscape. There are also photographs taken of family members and of Carleton County residents.

Correspondence includes letters written from W.V. Dalling to Mrs. H.V. Dalling and business associates, 1889-1917; and letters written to Edith Dalling, 1920-1929. The journals belong to Mrs. H.V. Dalling, 1886-1898, Estella B. Townsend, 1908-1927, Edith Dalling, 1914, and Leslie Mavor,1958. Photoplays and essays were written by William and Orville Dalling and John McKilligan. Social memorabilia includes programs, dance cards, and invitations. Memorials include cards for the deaths of John McKilligan, Ruby Dalling, Thomas Dalling, and Matilda Dalling. Newspaper clippings concern H.V. Dalling and his manufacturing of the first two telephones in Woodstock.

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Donated by Orville Dalling, 1969.

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