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People and Organizations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coxon (family)

  • Family
  • 1886-

Thomas Cantrell Coxon was born in Manchester, England, in 1886. He married Edith Vitler (born 1891) in Salford in 1913. The couple moved to Belleville, Ontario, in 1915, where Thomas worked as the caretaker for Queen Victoria School for 30 years. The couple bought the house at 300 Charles Street in Belleville in the 1940s. Edith died in 1966 and Thomas in 1977.

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.

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