With the development of the industrial printing press, and the mass production of printed material, what we now identify as a scrapbook, became a popular way to preserve newspaper articles with mentions of the family, interesting columns, poetry, greeting cards, invitations, postcards, letters, advertising material, and any other printed material that was of interest to the creator.
In the collection of the Stratford-Perth Archives are the Monteith family scrapbooks. The Monteith family can be counted among Perth County’s first European settlers. It all started in 1830, when Samuel Monteith, the oldest son of John Monteith, emigrated to Canada from the County of Tyrone, Ireland. John and the rest of the family followed in 1834 and the Monteiths set up a farm in Downie Township. They became a prominent political family, with nine Monteith family members running for various political offices. Of these nine, three were Mayors of Stratford, five were MPPs and two have been MPs.