women sit on a hillside enjoying a picnic in 1910

For Home & Country

The Women's Institute in Lambton County

The Women’s Institute was founded by Adelaide Hoodless. After her eldest child died at eighteen months, Hoodless was appalled when the death was attributed to improper infant feeding. To prevent future tragedies, she formed an organization to teach rural families a better standard of living.

The first Women’s Institute in Lambton County was formed in 1905. Programs offered included education, motherhood, home economics, household conveniences, and health. Community activities and social gatherings were also important.

During WWI and WWII many Women’s Institute members found a new role in life, driving motor cars, working in factories, assisting with Red Cross Services and farm labour.

Long-time Warwick Women’s Institute member Janet Firman shared some reflections about the organization in 2003: “It is here we meet and make many friends. It is educational, a learning of leadership, self-confidence, communication and working together.”

Nothing was too large to tackle and nothing small enough to ignore.

The Lambton County Archives is fortunate to have received many significant donations of material from our local Women’s Institutes. The material includes items such as books, convention materials, scrapbooks, photographs, booklets, correspondence, financial records and record books.

 

There is material from the following groups:

Lambton Centre
Lambton East
Lambton North

Lambton South &     Southwestern Area
Maple Leaf
Arkona

Forest
Brooke
Sunny Brooke

Alvinston
Inwood
Rutherford

Bentpath
Oakdale
Edy’s Mills

Bear Creek
Central Enniskillen
Oil Springs

Adanac
Euphemia
Aughrim

Florence
Shetland
Birkhall

Volinbille
Do-R-Best
Froomfield

Moore Centre
Plum Creek
Brigden

Corunna
Providence
Courtright

Point Edward
Aberarder
Union Branch

Union Branch
Uttoxeter
Blackwell

Osborne
Clover Leaf
Lucasville

Sombra Township
Port Lambton
Warwick

Becher
Belmore
Napier

 

We are also fortunate to have Tweedsmuir Community History Books in our collection. For more information about these special history books, visit the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario website.

 

We have Tweedmuirs for the following organizations:

Lambton Centre (1949-2001)
Lambton North (1949 – )

Lambton South (1949 – )
Aberarder (1910 – )

Adanac (1920 – )
Arkona (1909 – 1979)

Bear Creek (1929 – 2007)
Birk Hall (1946 – 2002)

Blackwell (1913 – 1981)
Brigden (1939 – )

Brooke (1912 – 2008)
Cloverleaf (1913-1958-1968)

Forest (1906 – 1985)
Froomfield (1949 – 1969)

Inwood (1909 – 1994)
Lucasville (1910 – 1990)

Maple Leaf (1907 – 1993)
Moore Centre (1920 –  )

Oakdale (1949 – 1993)
Oil Springs (1929 – 1988)

Ravenswood
Shetland (1907 – )

Uttoxeter (1913 – )
Warwick (1909 – 2013)

South Raleigh
Kent West

Rural Ridgetown