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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.

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.

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 .

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.

Claus, Susan

  • Person
  • 1885-1969

Susan Elizabeth (Brant) Claus was a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, the child of Henry Brant and Charlotte Loft. She married Herman Claus on 30 June 1909 and the couple had one son, (Donald) Leslie Claus (1909-1991). She died on 22 January 1969.

Grigg, Alf

  • Person
  • fl. 1964-2022

Alf Grigg is a former staff member of Camp Wangoma in north Hastings County.

Ham, Ida

  • Person
  • 1877-1977

Ida Ham was born in Limerick Township, Hastings County, Ontario, on 23 October 1877, the child of Charles Baragar and Emily (Lake). She married Thomas Anthony Ham on 29 June 1898 and the couple had six children. Ida was a member of the St. Ola United Church. She died on 25 June 1977.

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