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Forneri, Cosford Chalmers

  • Person
  • 1842-1880

Cosford Chalmers Forneri was born in Belfast, Ireland, on 5 September 1842, the child of James (Giacomo Felice Carlo) DeForneri and Elizabeth Susannah Wiles. The family arrived in Nova Scotia in 1851 and moved to Toronto in 1853. Cosford became a Provincial Land Surveyor in 1864 and moved to Madoc, Ontario. He married Isabell Agar in 1868. Forneri died at Rat Portage [now Kenora], Ontario, on 15 August 1880.

Victoria Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1905-1963

The Victoria Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Association opened in 1905 on Lot 4, Concession 11 in Hungerford Township, Hastings County. The various officers operated the joint-stock corporation continuously until 1963.

The first President of the Victoria Cheese and Butter Manufacturing Company was Robert Sayers (1901 – 1904). His successors are as follows:

  • William Gordon (1905 – 1911)
  • Joseph Bateman (1913)
  • Herbert Sayers (1913 – 1922)
  • Wesley Bodgely (1922 – 1925)
  • S. McRea (1926 – 1929)
  • Clarence Graham (1930 – 1932)
  • W. E. Bateman (1933 – 1942).

The company ceased operations in 1963 because of a lapse in their insurance coverage, and the stakeholders were reimbursed.

Flint, John James Bleecker

  • Person
  • 1838-1929

J. J. B. Flint's birth parents were Tobias Bleecker (1797-1866) and Eliza (Haskin), who died in 1844. He was adopted by Billa Flint and became a lawyer. He was Police Magistrate of Belleville for 20 years and Magistrate of Hastings County for nine years. He married Eliza Jane Holton in 1866 and the couple had one child who died in infancy. Flint was elected Mayor of Belleville in 1872. He retired to Los Angeles, California after the First World War and died there on 16 August 1929. His body was buried in Belleville.

Bellstedt, Ina

  • Person
  • 1924-2015

Jacomina Laubscher was born in South Africa on 26 June 1924. She married Friedel Bellstedt and emigrated with him to Canada in 1958. She died in Pickering, Ontario on 16 August 2015.

Donoahue, Thomas

  • Person
  • 1863-1940

Thomas Donoahue was a photographer who was born in England and moved to Canada in 1877. He worked as a photographer in Tweed and Belleville. He died in London, Ontario on 11 February 1940.

Hastings, Judson Byron

  • Person
  • 1876-1949

Judson B. Hastings was a photographer based at 91 Wood Street, Toronto in 1920.

Williams, Ryan

  • Person
  • fl. 2020

Ryan Williams is an hotelier and resident of Belleville, Ontario. In 2018 he was elected as a Councillor for the City of Belleville. He resigned in March 2021 to run as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Bay of Quinte riding in the federal election of that year. He was elected as MP, defeating the incumbent, Neil Ellis (former Mayor of Belleville).

Daily Ontario

  • Corporate body
  • 1870-1930

A newspaper published in Belleville, Ontario between 1870 and 31 March 1930, when it took over the rival paper The Intelligencer to become The Ontario Intelligencer.

Anderson, John Fairbairn

  • Person
  • 1886-1963

John Fairbairn Anderson was born in Nairn, Ontario to John Anderson (a Presbyterian pastor from Ireland) and Isabella Austin Stuart. In 1891 the family were living in Charlotte, New Brunswick. Isabella and her children were living in Pasadena, California at the time of the 1900 US census with Isabella's mother, Elspeth Stuart. They had all moved to the US in 1896. In 1901 John Anderson senior died in Palmerston, Ontario. Elspeth Stuart died in Chicago in 1903.

At the time of the 1911 census John was lodging with Isabella Gardiner at 455 Hunter Street, Peterborough, with his siblings Stuart and Margaret. John was working as a machinist in a foundry. His brother enlisted in June 1915 and served in France with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. He was killed at Ypres on 2nd June 1916 ( John Anderson signed up one month later. In 1921 he was back in Peterborough, still lodging with Isabella Gardiner, and working as a civil engineer.

Anderson was still living in Gilmour Street, Peterborough, in 1931 when he registered his friend Isabella Gardiner's death. In 1938 he was listed as living in Turnbull Street, Belleville, where he was a chief operator for Hydro, the electricity provider. He remained in that street until he died on 16 January 1963. His obituary was published in the Belleville Intelligencer of 21 January 1963 and it reads as follows:

"After an illness of a few days' duration John Fairburn Anderson of 33 Turnbull St., passed away in the Belleville General Hospital last Wednesday evening in his seventy-seventh year. Son of the late Rev. John Anderson and Isabella Stewart, Mr. Anderson was born at Nairn, near Ailsa Craig, Ontario.
"Having lived some of his early years in California and Chicago he came to Belleville in 1911 as an employee of the Ontario Hydro. At the time of his retirement from the Hydro fourteen years ago he had advanced to the position of Operating Superintendent of the East Central Region of the Hydro. He served with the Cobourg Heavy Battery overseas in the First World War.
"Mr. Anderson was deeply interested in classical music and had one of the largest record collections in this part of the province. Although not an executant of any musical instrument he had a very acute musical intelligencer [sic] and a high degree of knowledge in things pertaining to this art. Over the years untold numbers of local residents and district acquaintances gathered at his home to spend evenings of satisfying enjoyment listening to the music of their choice through the medium of his vast record collection. He had a very kind disposition and will be sorely missed by scores of friends that knew him and respected him for his sagacity and humility.
"Mr. Anderson was a life member of Moira Lodge, A.F. and A.M., No. 11 and just a short time ago was presented with his 50-Year Jewel in the Masonic order.
"Surviving him are two sisters, Miss Elsie Anderson of Peterborough, and Miss Margaret Anderson of Toronto.
"His funeral was held from the Comstock Funeral Home in Peterborough with Rev. Stanley Gibson of St. Andrew's United Church, officiating, both there and at the committal ceremony at Little Lake cemetery, Peterborough.
"The honorary bearers were: F. D. Kerr, Q.C., Hugh Waddell, Robert Beal and Hamilton Munro of Peterborough, and Carl Fisher of Belleville.
Many friends from Belleville were present to pay their final respects to this departed true companion whom they knew simply as 'John.'"

Brearley, Donald T.

  • Person
  • fl. 1970-2022

Donald Brearley is a native of Belleville, son of Dr. and Mrs. Guy Gage Brearley, and a graduate of Queen’s University Medical School in 1970.

Lons Memorials

  • Corporate body
  • 1952-

Lons Memorials is a business in Belleville, Ontario. Their original premises were at 100 Everett Street, and were subsequently moved to 638 Dundas Street West.

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