Richard Edward (Ted) Yates fonds, 1914-1955, n.d. RG 649
Richard Edward (Ted) Yates (1891-1979) was born in Chorley, Lancashire, England. After emigrating to Canada in 1909, he attended a Canadian army engineering training school in Ottawa. He then worked as a surveyor/instrumentman during construction of the Welland Ship Canal and remained with the canal company until retiring in 1955. For a time, his duties included supervising the ornamental gardens installed at Port Weller upon completion of the canal. Yates' four children include noted Saskatchewan artist and author, Elyse Yates St. George.
The collection includes photographs relating to the construction of the fourth Welland Canal. Also included is a programme that consists of an itinerary for the inspection of the Welland Ship Canal work by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught and Her Royal Highness, the Princess Patricia and staff. Additionally, there are diagrams of the Welland Ship Canal, including general plans for sections 1 through 3.
Material was donated by Richard Edward (Ted) Yates granddaughter, Elizabeth Yates, in 2018.Click here to view the Richard Edward (Ted) Yates fonds finding aid: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/bitstream/handle/10464/13576/Richard%20Edward%20%28Ted%29%20Yates%20fonds%20RG%20649.pdf
Photocopied photograph - Richard Edward Yates sitting on girdern.d.A photocopy of a photograph of Richard Edward Yates sitting on a girder.
Programme - Inspection of the Welland Ship Canal Work By His Royal Highness, The Duke of Connaught, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Patricia and StaffA programme that details the visit/inspection of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught and Her Royal Highness, the Princess Patricia on May 11, 1914. Sections 1, 2, 3 and 5 are described as the stopping points along the canal during the visit. The second portion of the programmme discusses the history of the canal (canals 1 through 4) and includes maps and diagrams. The diagrams include: "The Welland Ship Canal Showing its Relation to the Present and to the Old Canals", Section No. 1 General Plan, Section showing material underlying West Embankment of Lock No. 2 Pond, Section No. 2 General Plan, and Section No. 3 General Plan.
Photographs - Flowerbeds, Pool, Greenhouse, Port Weller1930-07-21Two photographs of flowerbeds, pool and greenhouse in Port Weller. The caption on the first photograph reads "Welland Ship Canal. Flowerbeds, Pool, Greenhouse, Pt. Weller, looking N. L41. July 21st 1930." The second photograph has no caption and is photographed from a lower angle.
Photograph - Welland Ship Canal, Bridge No. 9A photograph of the Welland Ship Canal, Bridge No. 9. It is captioned "Welland Canals. Welland Ship Canal. Bridge No. 9. Bridge and Tank Co. Cont. 9292 Repairs to Bdge. damaged by Judge Kenefick (Nov. 23, 1954) Support bents during erection. 27-B-27- Feby. 10. 1955. J.Joy."
Photograph - Welland Ship Canal, Bridge No 10 during erection looking S.W.1928-07-20A photograph of the Welland Ship Canal, Bridge No 10. The caption reads "Bridge No 10 during erection looking S.W. 4B.35. July 20th '28". Men can be seen working on the top of the bridge.
Obituary R. E. (Ted) Yates1979-05-16A photocopy of the obituary for Richard Edward Yates from May, 1979. It mentions his time "as a surveyor on the construction of the canal" and how he worked "in various capacities in the canal operation until his retirement in 1955."
Photograph - Group (Richard Edward Yates included)n.d.A photograph of a large group of men and women. Richard Edward Yates is in the second row, fifth from right. There is no date.