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Bilbrough, Ellen

  • Person
  • 1841-1900

Manager of the Marchmont Home in Belleville, Ontario.

Mitchell, Elizabeth

  • Person
  • fl. 1973-2022

Elizabeth Mitchell is a librarian and resident of Belleville, Ontario.

Hendry, Leona

  • Person
  • fl. 1992

Leona Hendry was the Chief Librarian of the Belleville Public Library in Belleville, Ontario.

Boyce, Gerry

  • Person
  • 1933-2022

Gerald Egerton (Gerry) Boyce was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1933. He graduated from McMaster University with a B.A. in History in 1955 and received an M.A. in History from the University of Manitoba in 1960.

Boyce taught for 32 years in secondary schools in the Quinte region. He retired in 1989 to concentrate on research and writing. His many publications include: Historic Hastings (1967), Hutton of Hastings (1972), The St. Andrew's Chronicles (1978), and Belleville: A Popular History (2008). He was a founding member of the Hastings County Historical Society in 1957 and has remained closely associated with the Society and its collections. He was instrumental in establishing the Hastings County Museum and the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County and he served as a Councillor for the City of Belleville from 1991 to 1997.

Gerry died on 5 October 2022 in Belleville.

Forestell, Wilfrid Aloysius

  • Person
  • 1905-2000

Wilfrid Aloysius Forestell was born in Madoc, Ontario on 7 May 1905, the child of Adam Henry Forestell and Margaret T. Feeney. He married Mary Agnes Ryan on 2 September 1931. He died in Madoc in 2000 and was buried in the Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery there.

Cossar, Andrew Oliver

  • Person
  • 1849-1927

Rev. A. O. Cossar was the pastor of the Congregational Church on Hotel Street [Victoria Avenue] in Belleville, Ontario in 1878 to 1879. He was born in Selkirk, Scotland, in 1849 and died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on 11 May 1927.

Dickey, James Harvey

  • Person
  • 1862-1931

James Harvey Dickey was born in Newtonville, Ontario in 1862. He worked as a druggist in Trenton.

Fraser, William Alexander

  • Person
  • 1886-1962

William Alexander Fraser (24 April 1886 – 26 October 1962) was a Canadian politician.
Fraser was born in Trenton, Ontario where he served as mayor in the 1920s. He represented the riding of Northumberland in Parliament with the Liberal party from 1930 through 1945. He served as Chief Whip in the Mackenzie King government. He was later appointed to the Senate, where he remained until his death in 1962.
Fraser pursued a variety of business interests including the Trenton Cooperage Mills, a major cold storage business, fruit-growing and processing, regional newspapers, movie theatres, and a bridge-building company that later helped manufacture corvettes for the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He was known as "Nickel Billy", perhaps in reference to his business skills.
He died at a Kingston, Ontario hospital, aged 76.

Bangay, Ralph Ernest

  • Person
  • 1926-2019

Ralph Bangay and his wife Eugenia (Sheppard) were the curators of the Memory Junction Museum in Brighton, Ontario until its closure in 2017.

Bowerman, Violet Irene

  • Person
  • 1917-2007

Violet Irene Camken was born in Kent, England in 1917, the child of Frank Camken and Violet Mary (Geering). Her parents had moved from England to Canada in 1913 but were in England at the time of Violet's birth, as her father was serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. They left England for Canada again in 1918. Violet I. Camken served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. She married Ralph Archie Bowerman on 15 February 1950 and the couple had three children. Ralph died in 1953. Violet died in Belleville on 2 July 2007.

Edgecombe, Charles Hedley

  • Person
  • 1888-1918

Charles Hedley Edgecombe was born in Fredricton, New Brunswick, on 16 July 1888. He became an aviation instructor during the First World War, serving in Canada and Texas. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in late 1917 and was appointed second lieutenant in August 1918. He was killed in Salisbury, England, on 6 October 1918 when he was flying as a passenger with 2nd lieutenant D. Forster. The aircraft went into a spinning nose dive and burst into flames as it hit the ground.

Vanderwater, Roscoe Dudley Garfield

  • Person
  • 1889-1957

Roscoe Vanderwater is considered to be the founder of the Moira River Conservation Authority. He was born near Foxboro in Sidney Township in 1889 and served in the First World War. He held positions in municipal politics in the 1920s. Vanderwater died in Belleville, Ontario in 1957.

Toms, Mary Lu

  • Person
  • fl. 2022

Mary Lu Toms is a resident of Picton, Ontario. She is the granddaughter of George Alex Hall (1862-1925) and Mary Clarke Clazie (1882-1953) of Thurlow Township, Ontario.

Roberts, Mary Elizabeth

  • Person
  • 1910-2004

Mary Elizabeth Roberts was born on 7 April 1910, the child of Archibald Alexander Roberts and Elizabeth Gertrude (Kelso). She married Alexander McLean Haig on 26 April 1941 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Ontario. The couple had four children. Mary died in Belleville on 13 June 2004.

Haig, A. McLean

  • Person
  • 1903-1975

Alexander McLean Haig was a prominent figure in Belleville, Ontario in the mid twentieth century. Known as "Mac," he served as alderman, mayor, and was the President of numerous organizations throughout the city. He was born in Campbellford in August 1903, and died in 1975. His parents were Dr. Andrew Haig and Marian Gertrude McLean. He spent time during his youth in Kingston and attended Queen's University. After he graduated from Queen's Faculty of Arts, he attended Osgoode Hall in Toronto where he received his Doctorate of Law degree.

Upon graduation, he moved to Western Canada before settling in Belleville in 1935, and establishing an insurance business. From 1940 to 1945, Haig served as a group Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the war, Haig opened Moira Fuels.

His first foray into political life occurred in 1940 when he ran as the Belleville candidate for the federal Liberal Party under Prime Minister Mackenzie King. He ran again in 1945. On both occasions he was beaten narrowly. Haig served as an Alderman for Belleville in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1950, and 1951. He was first elected Mayor of Belleville in 1952 when he won by a record majority of 1626 votes. His second stint came when he received the post by acclamation in 1960. He would be elected two more times in 1962 and 1963. He is credited with leading Belleville out of a financial crisis after the McFarlands World Championship Hockey team was implicated in a scandal with the city's Treasury Department.

In addition to his local political service, Haig was an active member of many city clubs and foundations. He joined the Belleville Rotary Club in 1935, and became their President from 1938 to 1939, after serving as their Secretary from 1937 to 1938. He served as the President of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce in 1939. He was on the Board of Governors for the Belleville General Hospital from 1939 to 1940 and again from 1950 to 1965. He was the Chairman of the Board from 1965 to 1966. He also was the President of the Belleville chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society as well as President of CJBQ Radio. Haig was a member of Bridge Street United Church.

He was married to Mary Elizabeth Roberts (1910-2004) in 1941. Together they had four children: Trudi Banting, Christine Cox, Andy Haig, and Archie Haig. His known grandchildren are James Douglas and Alan McLean Banting. Haig Road in Kingston is named for him.

Syer, Lloyd Ernest

  • Person
  • 1928-2022

Lloyd Syer was the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the City of Belleville from the 1970s until 1990.

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