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Cunningham, Jean Agnes

  • Person
  • 1927-2014

Jean Agnes Elliott was born in Deloro, Ontario where her father (Robert) was the General Manager of the Deloro Smelting and Refining Company and village Reeve. After her father's death in 1944, the family moved to Belleville, Ontario, where Jean graduated from Belleville Collegiate Institute. Jean attended nursing school at Belleville General Hospital. Jean went on a blind date for her BGH graduation with Alexander Cunningham and they were married a few months later on April 6, 1950. They were happily married for 45 years until Alex's death in 1995. Jean joined the Belleville Children's Aid Society (CAS) in 1966, which led to her career in adoption services. Following her retirement from CAS after 26 years, Jean founded Four Counties Adoption Agency, which she continued to own and operate until age 75.

Ketcheson, James William Freeman 'Jim'

  • Person
  • 1919-2017

James William Freeman Ketchson was born on 26 March 1919, the child of George Ketcheson and Irene (Prentice). He worked at the Coca-Cola plant in Belleville, Ontario, for many years and lived at 13 Purdy Street. He died on 1 April 2017.

Quinte Homophile Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The Quinte Homophile Association was established in Belleville in 1986 as a social support group for gay men and lesbians, their family and friends.

Soroptimist Club of Belleville

  • Corporate body
  • fl. 1947-c.1966

The Soroptimist Club of Belleville was formed in May 1947, becoming the 289th club in the Soroptimist International Association and the first women’s service organization in Belleville, Ontario. The Peterborough Soroptimist Club sponsored the formation of the Belleville chapter. Mrs. Georgia Smith was elected the first charter president of the Soroptimist Club of Belleville with Dr. Lily B. Mathieson as 1st Vice President, Mrs. Agnes Caton as 2nd Vice President, Miss Mary Lloyd as Secretary, Mrs. Inda A. Drew as Treasurer, and Miss Laura M. Johnston, Mrs. Mary L. Quinn, Miss Helen Keeler, and Miss Leona Riggs as Directors. The first Charter members were Miss Lillian Courneyea, Miss Lola Fluke, Miss Rachel Fox, Mrs. Francis Bennett, Miss Majorie Gothard, Mrs. Minnie Kerr, Mrs. Barbara McCaw, Miss Gladys H. MacDonald, Mrs. Mathilda Mazer, Mrs. Amy Rawson, and Mrs. Edna Wrightmeyer.

The Soroptimist Club of Belleville funded various endeavors throughout Belleville, Ontario. In 1992, Leona Hendry, Chief Librarian of the Belleville Public Library, reported that the Belleville Soroptimist Club donated $500 in 1950 to begin a record collection. In 1953, the Club sponsored a Tweed Ladies Coronation Tea and Fashion Show, held at Georgia Smith’s residence. In 1957-1958, the Belleville chapter established a $25 prize for the highest standing in the Grade XI Commercial Course for students of the Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. In May 1960, the 28th conference of the Eastern Canada Region of the Soroptimist Federation of the Americas was held in Belleville, with President Georgia Smith serving as chairman of the banquet. The Soroptimist Club of Belleville presumably concluded by the 1970s.

The Soroptimist International Association (SIA) was a volunteer service organization founded in the 1920s to serve as a classified service club for professional and executive business women of American, British and European Federations. In a SIA leaflet from the 1940s, the word Soroptimist derives from the word soror (sister) and optima (best), meaning “The Best for Women.” The leaflet states that the ideals of the Soroptimist Clubs are “the sincerity of friendship, the joy of achievement, the dignity of service, the integrity of professions, [and] the love of country.”

Hubble, Lillie Alma

  • Person
  • 1910-2000

Lillie Alma Weese was born in Huntingdon Township, Hastings County, Ontario, on 23 November 1910, the child of John-Edward Weese and Cena (Rollins). She married Cecil Edmund Hubble on 17 November 1943 and the couple lived in Foxboro. They had three daughters. Lillie died in Stirling, Ontario, on 16 February 2000.

Tremaine, George R.

  • Person
  • 1806-1882

George Tremaine composed large wall maps of counties in southern Ontario from the 1850s and 1860s. He died 6 April 1882.

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