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Barrett, Donald John

  • Person
  • c. 1928-1978

Born in Belleville, Ontario, Donald John Barrett was a former insurance agent and Harbour master. He was President of Belleville Sales and Ad Club and a member of St. Joseph's Church.

Scott, James Russell

  • Person
  • 1916-2009

James Russell Scott was mayor of Belleville from 1968 to 1972.

Hall (family)

  • Family

James Montgomery Hall was born in St. Peter Port in the Channel Island of Guernsey in 1851, the son of Stewart Hall and Margaret (née Johnson). Stewart was a tailor and James and his brother John followed his career. In 1881 James and John were residing at a hotel in Trenton, Hastings County, Ontario. In June of that year, James married Emma Johnson (1857-1937) of Trenton in Brighton, Ontario. By 1891 the couple were living in Deseronto, Ontario, with their two daughters, Evelyn 'Tottie' (b. 1882) and Flossie (b. 1887). James was continuing to work as a tailor. The Halls had a third child, Gordon, in 1894. They lived at 426 Thomas Street.

James died on August 4, 1919. His daughter Flossie became a school teacher and married Thomas Chalmers in Deseronto in 1926. The couple had one daughter, Frances.

Deseronto Archives

  • Corporate body
  • 1997-2016

Deseronto Archives was established in 1997 with a mandate to collect materials relating to the history of the Town of Deseronto and its people. In September 2016 the collections of the Deseronto Archives were transferred to the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County.

Pierce, John Gourlay, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • b. 1918 - d. 2003

John was born at Pembroke, Ontario in 1918.
Later on, he attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated in 1941 with a B.Sc. (Eng.).
The following year he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers Italian and European campaigns (1942-1945). In this role, he received the Military Cross.
During his surveying career John sat on many Ontario Land Survey boards and completed numerous surveys of Ontario areas.
He died in 2003 surrounded by his family, including his wife, Eileen.

Haslett, John James, P.L.S. & D.P.S.

  • Person
  • b. 17 Jun 1811 - d. 21 Jan 1878

John was born on June 17, 1811 at Sanfield House, Tyrone County, Ireland to Matthew Haslett and Sarah McCrae.
He received his education to be a surveyor in Ireland, and later when on to survey England and the south coast of Ireland.
Around 1842, he came to Canada. After six months of training with P.L.S. John Emerson, he became a Provincial Land Surveyor. He then moved to Belleville, Ontario and began surveying Upper Canada.
Throughout his career from 1840-1860 he provided great advancement to the charting of Canada West and Hastings County.
In February 1851, he married Frances Colhoun Woods.
He died in Belleville on January 21, 1878 leaving his wife, four sons and three daughters.

Town of Deseronto

  • Corporate body

Deseronto, Ontario was incorporated as a town in 1889. The settlement had become a village in 1871, known as Mill Point. It was given the name Deseronto in 1881, after Captain John Deserontyon, the leader of the 20 families who settled in the area as the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in 1784.

Canada Optical Company

  • Corporate body

The Canada Optical Company (originally called Canada Zyl Company) operated a factory in Deseronto, Ontario from 1946 to 1996, manufacturing frames for glasses. In 1996 the factory operations were moved to a building on the airport of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. It closed down in 2002.

Hall, Flossie

  • Person

Flossie Hall was born in Deseronto, Ontario, in 1887, daughter of James Montgomery Hall, a tailor, and Emma Frances Hall (née Johnston). She became a school teacher and was working at School Section 10, Mariposa, Victoria County, Ontario in 1912. Between 1921 and 1926 she was Deseronto's librarian. She married Thomas Chalmers in Deseronto in 1926.

Callaghan, Maurice

  • Person
  • 1890-1972

Ice dealer, son of John Callaghan, husband of Ellen Tighe, died March 1972.

Jackson, Marshall A

  • Person
  • 1858-1930

Marshall Alexander Jackson was a photographer who was active in Tweed, Ontario, between 1885 and 1896.

Lowe, Frank

  • Person
  • fl. 1960

Frank Lowe was an associate editor for the Toronto Telegram Weekend Magazine in 1960.

Wharf Street Debating Club

  • Corporate body
  • c.1910-

The Wharf Street Debating Club began as a working class men's club in the Foster Ward area of Belleville, Ontario. At the time of municipal elections the club runs a 'Bun Feed', at which prospective candidates address the group. For many years, women candidates were admitted only to give their speech, then had to leave the room. The exclusion of women from the club continued until November 1988, when Julia Drake crashed the bun feed, dressed as a man. After that, the event became open to all.

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