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Griffin Opera House

  • Corporate body
  • 1884-1933

The opera house at the southwest corner of Church and Bridge Street East opened in 1884 and operated under various names (the Belleville Opera House, Queen's Opera House, Carman Opera House, and finally the Griffin Opera House or Griffin Theatre). It was demolished in 1933.

Quinte West Public Library

  • Corporate body
  • 2004-

The main branch of the Quinte West Public Library opened at Creswell Drive in Trenton in 2004. Its predecessor was the Trenton Memorial Public Library at 18 Albert Street.

Stephens-Adamson Manufacturing Company, Belleville

  • Corporate body
  • 1927-2013

Stephens Adamson (a firm with headquarters in Aurora, Illinois) took over the Marsh Engineering Works site on Franklin Street in Belleville in 1927. The firm specialized in the manufacture of conveying systems. The Franklin Street site was closed in 2013.

The work of the firm was taken over by Metso Minerals Inc.

City of Belleville. Community Services Department

  • Corporate body
  • 1949-

The Belleville Recreation Committee was established in 1949 with oversight of two playgrounds. By 1953 the committee had charge of eleven playgrounds and a number of recreation programs. It was renamed as the Recreation and Arena Committee in 1966, then the Recreation Services Committee in 1981. In 1988 it became the Parks and Recreation Committee and later the Recreation, Culture and Community Services Department. In 2022, as part of a restructuring program at the City of Belleville, it was named Community Services Department.

Ontario Business College (Belleville)

  • Corporate body
  • 1868-1999

The Ontario Business College was established as the Ontario Commercial College in Belleville, Ontario, in 1868 by Samuel G. Beatty and George Wallbridge. In 1871 Beatty purchased Wallbridge's share of the business and was joined by William Byron Robinson (1846-1921) and John Wesley Johnson. Beatty retired in 1879. The College was in operation in various locations in Belleville until it went into receivership in 1999.

Note that the Community Archives does not hold student transcripts for the Ontario Business College. Private career colleges in Ontario were not legally obligated to maintain student records (transcripts and/or diplomas) for any length of time until 2007.

Panoramic Camera Company

  • Corporate body
  • c.1907-1926

The Panoramic Camera Company was established by William James Johnston in Toronto in around 1907. Johnston had invented a panoramic camera in 1904. In the 1920s management of the company was taken over by his nephew, Frederick Stanley Rickard. It was based at 239 Victoria Street, Toronto.

Trent Valley Quilters' Guild

  • Corporate body
  • 1989-

The Trent Valley Quilters' Guild was organized in September 1989 by students of Helen Ireland. The group met for the first time on 21 November 1989 at the Dufferin Centre in Trenton, Ontario. Its aim was to promote appreciation and knowledge of the art of quilting and to provide an organization for quilt lovers to share techniques and socialize. By 2009 the Guild had over 100 members. The Guild now meets in Brighton. The Guild's website is at .

Thurlow Junior Farmers and Junior Institute

  • Corporate body
  • 1954-1963

The Thurlow Junior Farmers and Junior Institute was an organization of young women from the fifth concession of Thurlow Township in Hastings County, Ontario.

City of Belleville. Transportation and Operations Department

  • Corporate body
  • fl. 2019

The Transportation and Operations Services is responsible for:

  • maintaining City’s roads and traffic management appurtenances (signals, signs, lights, etc.);
  • maintaining the City’s sidewalks and trails;
  • maintaining the City’s parks and open spaces (sports fields, boulevards, passive parks, and other City lands and natural areas) including all trees/plant materials;
  • overseeing the contract for the maintenance of the City’s street lights;
  • delivering fleet management services;
  • operating the municipal transit service including maintaining related appurtenances (ie. shelters and benches) and overseeing operation of the transit terminal;
  • providing winter control services;
  • operating the municipal landfill site and managing closed municipal landfill sites (conducting required environmental studies, remedial works, etc.);
  • providing waste collection services (where not under contract to others) and supporting contracted waste collection service providers;
  • providing administrative and by-law enforcement services respecting street occupancies and public lands (i.e. parks use, garbage, etc.), and noxious weeds;
  • providing assistance to organizers in the delivery of special events on public lands (as needed or set out in agreements or prior arrangements).
  • operating and maintaining the sanitary sewer and storm water management; systems (sewers, pump stations, ponds, related appurtenances, etc.)

[Information taken from the City of Belleville's website at on 10 April 2019]

Victoria Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1905-1963

The Victoria Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Association opened in 1905 on Lot 4, Concession 11 in Hungerford Township, Hastings County. The various officers operated the joint-stock corporation continuously until 1963.

The first President of the Victoria Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Company was Robert Sayers (1901 – 1904). His successors are as follows:

  • William Gordon (1905 – 1911)
  • Joseph Bateman (1913)
  • Herbert Sayers (1913 – 1922)
  • Wesley Bodgely (1922 – 1925)
  • S. McRea (1926 – 1929)
  • Clarence Graham (1930 – 1932)
  • W. E. Bateman (1933 – 1942).

The company ceased operations in 1963 because of a lapse in their insurance coverage, and the stakeholders were reimbursed.

Daily Ontario

  • Corporate body
  • 1870-1930

A newspaper published in Belleville, Ontario between 1870 and 31 March 1930, when it took over the rival paper The Intelligencer to become The Ontario Intelligencer.

Lons Memorials

  • Corporate body
  • 1952-

Lons Memorials is a business in Belleville, Ontario. Their original premises were at 100 Everett Street, and were subsequently moved to 638 Dundas Street West.

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