The Back Story

Early in November 2018, the Cobalt Historical Society received a donation from the Cramahe Heritage Board: two large boxes of ephemera belonging to Albert Norton Morgan, a lawyer from New Liskeard, Ontario, during the early very early 1900s.

The papers are mostly letters from his family—wife, siblings, father— as well as household and business documents spanning his school days, early lawyer days in Fergus, and his professional and community life in the Temiskaming region.

Morgan was always involved in some capacity with the military. He died in World War I when he was 38 and left behind his wife Beatrice and three children.

For the most part, the papers are in marvelous shape, considering their age, and the fact they had been sitting in storage in a garage before they found their way to us. Some of the letters pertain to his dealings with Cobalt mines and businesses, but the bulk is related to New Liskeard and the work Morgan did there as lawyer, Mason, board member, councilman, military leader, and of course, family man.

We invite you to join along as we explore the bounty hidden within these papers!