Fonds F 228

John Craig Eaton and Flora McCrea Eaton fonds

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John Craig Eaton and Flora McCrea Eaton fonds
Dates of Creation
[ca. 1905-1936]
Physical Description

10 centimetres of textual records

1 volume of textual records

31 photographs : black and white prints (7 mounted)

1 photograph : black and white computer output on paper

3 postcards

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence from Flora McCrea Eaton to her husband, Sir John Craig Eaton. Lady Eaton's letters and postcards are written during her travels in Europe, California, New York and from the family cottage in Muskoka. The correspondence documents the personal relationship between Sir John Eaton and Lady Eaton and provides descriptions of Lady Eaton's travels, acquaintances, family, activities and thoughts on various matters.

Subjects of the correspondence include personal health issues, the well-being of their children, comments on current events and society, sites in Europe both pre and post- World War I, travels in California and holidays in Muskoka, and opinions on matters relating to the family business and Eaton family philanthropic activities.

Of interest are observations relating to the coronation of King George V in June 1911, and the Eatons' encounters with and support for Sir Ernest Shackleton, arctic explorer.

Also includes several letters from the Eaton children to their father, John Craig Eaton.

Photographs depict the family on vacation including an image of Lady Eaton in Florence and several images of Lady Eaton and the children in California in 1918.

Also includes several photographs of daughter, Florence Mary, as a baby in 1920 with Lady Eaton and friends posing as nurses.

In addition, the fonds contains textual and photographic records created or accumulated by Lady Eaton's chauffeur, Herbert Coleman McEachern. Textual records include receipts for expenses incurred by McEachern while chauffeuring the Eaton family during a trip to Europe; McEachern's agenda from 1931; and documents pertaining to McEachern's role as chauffeur, including copies of his London driver's license; his identification card from a trip to Cannes, France; and a document signed by Lady Eaton, authorizing McEachern to dispose of her Lancia Dilambda automobile.

Photographs depict McEachern chauffeuring Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, during the Prince's trip to Toronto, Ontario in August 1919. Also included are portraits of McEachern and the Eaton family, some showing the Eaton family's cars and the T. Eaton Company Stables in Toronto, Ontario. Other photos consist of group portraits of other, unidentified individuals, and photographs of two unidentified residences, possibly belonging to McEachern or to the Eaton family.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

John Craig Eaton was a merchant and a well-known philanthropist in Toronto, Ontario, who was knighted in 1915 for his contributions to the war effort.

Flora McCrea Eaton was a nurse in Toronto when she met her future husband, John Craig Eaton. In 1915 at the knighting of John Craig Eaton, she became Lady Eaton.

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Eaton, John Craig, 1876-1922

Eaton, Flora McCrea, 1879-1970
Restrictions on Access
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use this material for purposes other than for research and private study, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 2005 from Mr. Fredrik Eaton, grandson of Lady Flora and Sir John Craig Eaton. Records created or accumulated by Herbert McEachern were donated to the Archives in 2014 by Ellen Whitley.
Related Material

For additional records relating to John Craig Eaton and Flora McCrea Eaton, consult records in the T. Eaton Company fonds including Eaton's personnel, family and ceremonial event photographs (F 229-312); Minute books of Eaton's trust funds and estates (F 229-268); and Eaton family personal ledgers, journals and bankbook (F 229-291-5). The John Craig Eaton collection (F 751) may also be consulted.

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