Fairground Digital Archive

A few years back I built a web site named the Fairground Digital Archives. Fairground seemed to be a good focus because my mother and father had spent a considerable amount of time on fairgrounds with their businesses, but also because my mother had been born in Fairground Ontario, a crossroad in Houghton Township, Norfolk County. The village was named Fairground in 1889 because it was where the Houghton Township agricultural shows were held.

The Fairground Digital Archives turned out to be very difficult to maintain, and I just could not keep up with the changes. Technology has changed and I am now going to republish many of the old photos that made up the archive. These photos are not my vacation photos, they are not always friends or family, sometimes they are just "record" shots stopping time and recording it in a flash. They are to be organized primarily by Date&Subject heading back to the beginning of the 1900s.

About privacy - If you are alive, you should not be able to find a photo of yourself in the archive. If you are dead, it should be even more difficult.

Clicking on any photograph will bring up a LightBox where the photographs are larger and you can scroll through them. Photos within a group are in my best-guess order. Cameras did not record date and time in the early days

September 17, 2017 | News Paper Clippings Gray's Shows

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August 20, 2017 | Found Negatives

![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 1.jpg "My Dad, on the left") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 2.jpg "I do not remember a green tractor") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 3.jpg "Likely Terry Gray driving") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 4.jpg "Terry Gray in the back") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 5.jpg "My mom in plaid") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 6.jpg "Midway") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 7.jpg "Terry again") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 8.jpg "Mom and me") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 9.jpg "Fishing in Scivies?") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 10.jpg "Mom & me, Atrell's?") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 11.jpg "My Dad & Irene, North Bay Airport?") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 12.jpg "My Mom, Irene & Tim, North Bay Airport?") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Summer wt Show 13.jpg "My sister, Mom and Dad") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1947FoundNegatives/1947 Irene.jpg "1947 Irene")

Now that you are here I will tell you that the image of Irene is not from a black and white 616 negative. This image is a scan of a photograph that was also in the packet. The age is close - does she look to be 12 years old? No matter, it was a great photo, Carol and I can see all of her children in this image. Such a beauty, the best big sister.

July 27, 2017 | Huntley Family Photo Album

![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Agnes and Clara Parker Aunt Kittys Children.jpg "Agnes & Clara Parker") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Annie Elizabeth Day 1876.jpg "Annie Elizabeth Day 1876") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Barbara McLeod 1859.jpg "Barbara McLeod 1859") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Edith Jane Day 1881.jpg "Edith Jane Day 1881") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Eliza Ann Annie Duncan 1868.jpg "Eliza Ann Annie Duncan 1868") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Mary Jane Barlow Huntley 1827.jpg "Mary Jane Barlow 1827") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/George Huntley 1870.jpg "George Huntley 1870.jpg") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/George William Huntley 1882.jpg "George William Huntley 1882") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Ila & Verne Huntley.jpg "Ila & Verne Huntley.jpg") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Jennie, May, Abbie, Berta Huntley.jpg "Jennie, May, Abbie, Berta Huntley") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/John Huntley 1822.jpg "John Huntley 1822") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/John Huntley 1859, Lydia Ann Chalcraft Huntley 1858.jpg "John Huntley 1859, Lydia Ann Chalcraft 1858") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/John Huntley 1859.jpg "John Huntley 1859") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Lillian May Huntley 1881 01.jpg "Lillian May Huntley 1881") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Lillian May Huntley 1881 02.jpg "Lillian May Huntley 1881") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Funeral Announcement, Mary Jane Barlow 1827.jpg "Mary Jane Barlow 1827.jpg") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Lydia Huntley Miller 1861.jpg "Lydia Miller 1861") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Margaret McLeod 1883.jpg "Margaret McLeod 1883") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Mary Ann Lackey 1871.jpg "Mary Ann Lackey 1871") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Mary Jane Barlow Huntley 1827.jpg "Mary Jane Barlow 1827") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Russel Day 1841 and Jane Miller Day 1841.jpg "Russel Day 1841 & Jane (Miller) 1841") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Verne Huntley 1896.jpg "Verne Huntley 1896") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Walter W McLeod 1861.jpg "Walter W McLeod 1861")

![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Emma Alberta Berta Huntley 1878.jpg "Emma Alberta Berta Huntley 1878") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Elsie May Cremaine 1898.jpg "Elsie May Cremaine 1898") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/FamilyPhotos/Johnson and Jane Duncan family.jpg "Johnson and Jane Duncan family")

Captain John Robert Martin 1870

I found this photograph of John Martin while filing some old newspaper clippings. I made a valiant effort to locate him in my family tree files and could not. I contacted the archivist for the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles and they were able to send me his complete service records but still I could not fit him into the families. The photo was taken in 1915, 3 days before the 4th Regiment sailed for Europe. John Martin spent enough time at the front to be badly wounded by shrapnel (shoulder, knee and face). Surviving the war, he spent the rest of his life being treated for these wounds. I found his next of kin in 1891 and 1911 census living in Hamilton. Was not able to make a connection to either the Williams or Appleton families. I contributed the photograph to the website of the 4th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles. This regiment appears completely unrelated to the 1st Hussars (Dad’s regiment). I am sure the link is through the sister. His sisters were Emily, Louisa, Georgina, Maud. His mother may have been a Scott - Elizabeth (Scott) Martin. ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/Captain John Robert Martin 1870 front.jpg "") ![2](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/Captain John Robert Martin 1870 back.jpg "")

Anne's Carmelcrisp at Tillsonburg Street Fair 1970s

Susan Schneider sent this through today - interesting photo of Anne's Carmelcrisp from the 1970s. I am dating it from the age of the International tractor - it was an International Loadstar and from photos on the web I would say that it could be from the 1974 model year. 1

Gray's Shows News Clippings (Impossible to Date)

Every now and then I come across old newspaper clippings or other types of advertisement for Gray's Shows. Now they have a home - here. For those of you who do not know, I grew up on Gray's Shows - as an infant until I retired from show business at the ripe old age of 18 - got myself a job as a clerk for an electrical contractor. I either knew, or knew of all of the people named in the news clippings. In all cases they were better people than the news clipping would lead you to believe.

![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 4.jpg "") ![2](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 5.jpg "") ![3](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 6.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 7.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 8.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 9.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 10.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 11.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Grays Shows Drug Bust 01.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Grays Shows Drug Bust 02.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Grays Shows Money Lost.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Grays Shows Rocket.jpg "")

1929, Sand Hills Ontario

Note: Sand Hills is on the north shore of Lake Erie straight south about 5 kilometres from Fairground. Today it is still a popular beach area. The lady in the monogramed bathing suit is Alice Williams. the monogram is BW for Billie Williams. My father is in several of the photos and is easily identified in the last photo (two people standing in the water.)

![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C021929Sand Hills ON Lew Appleton Alice Appleton Left.jpg "929Sand Hills ON Lew Appleton, Alice Appleton, Right") ![7](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C081929 Sand Hills ON Alice Appleton Left.jpg "Alice Appleton, Right") ![2](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C031929 Sand Hills ON Alice Appleton FrontCentre.jpg "Alice Appleton, FrontCentre") ![3](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C041929 Sand Hills ON Lew Appleton Alice Appleton CentreHug.jpg "Lew Appleton, Alice Appleton, CentreHug") ![4](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C051929 Lapear Michigan Alice Appleton.jpg "Alice Appleton") ![5](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C061929 Sand Hills ON Lew Appleton Alice Appleton Right.jpg "Lew Appleton, Alice Appleton, Left") ![6](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081027C071929 Sand Hills ON Lew Appleton Alice Appleton Right.jpg "Lew Appleton, Alice Appleton, Left") ![8](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1929SandHills/20081126C091929 Sand Hills ON Lew Appleton Alice Appleton.jpg "Alice Appleton, Lew Appleton")

1937, Sault Ste Marie, Gray's Greater Canadian Shows

Note: Some photos of the rides, workers, Irene, and my Dad. I suspect that most of these were taken by my Mother. It has been a long time and I was a small boy. Remembering names for the faces is not possible, but to not forget the names - Eddie Graham, Joe Chisholme, more to come.

![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070314C011937 Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Pop Stevens.jpg "Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Pop Stevens") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070315C021937 Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Art Rose.jpg "Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Art Rose") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070315C031937 Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Cliff Gray at Right.jpg "Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Cliff Gray at Right.") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070315C041937 Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Tilt-a-Whirl.jpg "Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Tilt-a-Whirl") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070324C051937 Gray's Shows Sault Ste Marie Ferris Wheel.jpg "Gray's Shows Sault Ste Marie Ferris Wheel") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070324C061937 Grays Shows Truck Cliff Gray.jpg "Grays Shows Truck Cliff Gray") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070324C071937 Kiddie Ride 1.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070324C081937 Kiddie Ride 2.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070324C091937 Kiddie Ride 3.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20070327C101937 Darby Advance Man.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C111937 Irene Appleton Grays Shows.jpg "Irene Appleton Grays Shows") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C121937 Irene Appleton Dancing.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C131937 Irene Appleton Dancing.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C141937 Ride Guy.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C151937 Sledge Hammer.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C161937 Swing Ride.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071130C171937 Merry-Go-Round Lew Appleton Right Con Gray Rightfront.jpg "Merry-Go-Round Lew Appleton (extremeright) Con Gray (rightfront)") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C181937 Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Pop Stevens.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C191937 Grays Shows Sault Ste Marie Art Rose.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C201937 Cliff Gray.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C211937 Con Gray Left.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C221937 Ferris Wheel.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C231937 Unknown.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C241937 Tilt-A-Whirl.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C251937 Ferris Wheel.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C261937 Swing Ride.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1937GraysShows/20071201C271937 Tilt-A-Whirl.jpg "")

1939, Grays Shows

![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C011939 Grays Shows 1.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C021939 Grays Shows 2.jpg "Irene Appleton, Lew Appleton and Tim") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C031939 Grays Shows 3.jpg "Applice Appleton (right)") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C041939 Grays Shows 4.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C051939 Grays Shows 5.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C061939 Grays Shows 6.jpg "from left Terry Gray, Alice Appleton, Peter Marsh back, to right of headlight") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C071939 Grays Shows 7.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C081939 Grays Shows 8.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C091939 Grays Shows 9.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C101939 Grays Shows 10.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C111939 Grays Shows 11.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C121939 Grays Shows 12.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C131939 Grays Shows 13.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C141939 Grays Shows 14.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C151939 Grays Shows 15.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C161939 Grays Shows 16.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C171939 Grays Shows 17.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C181939 Grays Shows 18.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C191939 Grays Shows 19.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C201939 Grays Shows 20.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C211939 Grays Shows 21.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C221939 Grays Shows 22.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C231939 Grays Shows 23.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C241939 Grays Shows 24.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C251939 Grays Shows 25.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C261939 Grays Shows 26.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C271939 Grays Shows 27.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 1.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 2.jpg "") ![1](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/NewsClippings/Carnival Scans 3.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C281939 Grays Shows 28.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071130C291939 Grays Shows 29.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1939GraysShows/20071201C301939 Grays Shows 30.jpg "3rd from right, Lew Appleton")

1940, Grays Shows

![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20070324C011940 Grays Shows 1.jpg "Tiltawhirl") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071130C021940 Grays Shows 2.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C031940 Grays Shows 3.jpg "Irene Appleton") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C041940 Grays Shows 4.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C051940 Grays Shows 5.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C061940 Grays Shows 6.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C071940 Grays Shows 7.jpg "Irene and Billie Appleton") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C081940 Grays Shows 8.jpg "Irene Appleton") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C091940 Grays Shows 9.jpg "4th from left Alice Appleton; right Cliff Gray") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C101940 Grays Shows 10.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C111940 Grays Shows 11.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C121940 Grays Shows 12.jpg "1045 Hamilton Road prior to 1954 when it was completely redone") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C131940 Grays Shows 13.jpg "Lew Appleton") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C141940 Grays Shows 14.jpg "Alice Appleton") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C151940 Grays Shows 15.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C161940 Grays Shows 16.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20071201C171940 Grays Shows 17.jpg "") ![](http://www.appletons.ca/fairground/1940GraysShows/20081007C181940 Grays Shows 18.jpg "")