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Book-Companion to the Fourth Reader
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Title: Book-Companion to the Fourth Reader
Identifier: 989.5.9
Donor: Wilmer Greenius
Item Date: 1886
Creation Date: 2008
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A second edition hardcover textbook in a dark gold coloured cover. The title is printed in black ink on the spine and also between two decorative borders on the front cover. Pages 11 to 74 are missing. Written inside on the front flyleaf in pencil is: ‘Norman Greeniaus, Sheridan, Ont. 1887’. Also written in black ink is: ‘S.S. N 5 Toronto YK’. The front flyleaf also has an oval stamp in purple ink with the words: ‘S.B. Ganton, Grocer, Bookseller and Stationer, Oakville, Ont.’ The book is 214 pages in length and contains 104 different practical lessons. It is intended as an aid to the formation and cultivation of a taste for literature. Each lesson is followed by dictionary-like explanations of words that were found in the lesson.

History: This book belonged to Norman Greeniaus, great grandson of Sebastian Greeniaus. Sebastian Greeniaus ( 1761-1847) and his wife Eve (1766-1844) arrived in Toronto Township with five children, constructed a wood house and began to farm. A brick house was built in 1891. In 1955, it was the residence of Norman and his son Wilmer, when it was sold to the United Lands Corporation for the development of the Park Royal Subdivision. Ref: ‘Clarkson and its Many Corners’ Kathleen A. Hicks 2003 pp 6-7.
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