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From: "Bonnie Cole" <>
Subject: Re: [ONT] House of Industry
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 23:14:08 -0400
Heather, that doesn't make sense. Cemeteries are being transcribed all over
Ontario. I think they had an objective to have them all done by the year
2,000. In our Marmora Cemetery they even WITCHED all the bodies.
Why wouldn't that cemetery be just the same as all the others? We have
tombstones with birth and death dates and their names. What else, would be
included when you transcribe one? Who objected to having it copied?
----- Original Message -----
From: Heather Bertram <>
To: Bonnie Cole <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:05 PM
Subject: RE: [ONT] House of Industry
> Hi again Bonnie,
> I have gotten to know Gary Bagley, of the OGS, from Orillia. I offered to
> transcribe the cemetery, but it falls in the grey area of personal rights,
> regardless of the fact that the person is dead.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bonnie Cole [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 10:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [ONT] House of Industry
> Hello Heather:
> This posting of yours was very interesting to me as I had a Maternal Aunt
> a resident in that very place and she died in the 1940's there. She was
> born retarded (a difficult birth) and went to live there at about 10 years
> of age and spent the next 30 odd years there without ever having a visitor
> after about the 2nd year or so.
> In the 70's when I began researching my family and learned of her and
> tracked down where she was after many phone calls and letters, the Staff
> the Huronia Regional Centre were most kind and helpful to me but not at
> first. Someone's permission was given and they released her ENTIRE FILE
> me and a picture of her taken in the early 20's. I was thrilled.
> Every single thing that she did and all her evaluations were included for
> in that file. And several pages of her final days to read and cry over.
> I'm surprised to hear that they aren't releasing information. I really
> think they have to, if you get right down to it.
> >From your posting it seems that you have transcribed their cemetery. Is
> that right? That's wonderful and whose idea was it that you did that? I
> would be pleased to know where this lady is buried as I have often thought
> of having a tombstone erected there for her, one of the forgotten.
> Please contact me offline, when time permits and thank you so much.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Heather Bertram <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 9:55 PM
> Subject: RE: [ONT] House of Industry
> > Well, here in Orillia, in the later 1870's we had what was called the
> > Orillia Asylum for Lunatics. It later moved as they were overloaded
> > occupants to its current location. It was called things like the Ontario
> > Hospital School, and now the Huronia Regional Centre. The local court
> > also there now. This place housed the honestly insane people, it served
> > a sanitarium and what Children's Aid would now take care of. In the
> > Census everyone was deemed "not of sound mind". They had their name,
> > of birth and age, at best. It was rather sickening transcribing it.
> > Apparently there were 200 marked graves and another referred to by
> > the other 1600 unmarked. Some were buried off site at cemeteries in
> > area. Others were shipped home. The HRC does not release information.
> > They will not confirm or deny where a person was buried.
> > It appears that you have fared quite well.
> > You may want to try the death registrations from the National Archives.
> > 1869 on all deaths were required to be registered. I have also
> > some of them where they indicated the Orillia Asylum, consumption.
> > This may be your ticket, if you haven't tried that already.
> > LOL
> > Heather in Orillia
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: [mailto:]
> > Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 9:35 PM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: [ONT] House of Industry
> > Thanks Heather. They referred me to the Wellington Archives. As they
> > "I've been there, done that". Would you not think the Cty. Archives
> > have some records beyond a commital by a Reeve form and few notes about
> > where, when and how she died?
> > Guelph Gal
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