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Steele, Gerald (Jerry) Francis, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1929-2003

Jerry Steele was born in London, Ontario, on September 13, 1929. He was a veteran of the Korean War and had a career as an Ontario Land Surveyor. His wife was Micheline Juliette Alarie. They had four children. Jerry died on September 30th, 2003, at the age of 74, in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Elliott, Grange W., O.L.S.

  • Person
  • fl. 1967

Grange Elliott was the founder of Grange W. Elliott Ltd., a surveying company in Kingston, Ontario. The Hopkins Chitty Land Surveyors Inc. acquired the assets and records of his company.

Watson, Walter Irvine, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1929-2008

Walter Irvine Watson was born in 1929 to parents William and Nellie Watson. He was authorized in 1960 by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors. He later purchased the notes and records of John T. Ransom, an Ontario Land Surveyor, who had surveyed southern Hastings County since 1948. He soon founded Watson Land Surveyors Ltd., a surveying firm in Belleville, Ontario. He worked on developing the east end of Belleville, the 401, the Quinte Mall, the Sears Warehouse, and subdivision development north of the 401. He died on March 2nd, 2008, at Belleville, Ontario, in his 79th year.

Benn, Ronald, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1919-2008

Ronald Benn was born in 1919. He was a pilot in World War ll as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1950, he earned his Ontario Land Surveying Certificate. Throughout his career as a surveyor he worked for Ontario Hydro, in private practice and finally in legal surveys with the City of Ottawa. Benn and his wife, Agnes, were married in 1953. They had two children. He died on February 4, 2008 at Nepean, Ontario.

McAlpine, Michael Joseph, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1924-2001

Michael Joseph McAlpine was born on January 13, 1924. Between the years of 1942-1945 he was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Throughout his non-military career he worked as an Ontario Land Surveyor (O.L.S.). His wife was Mary Delphine (nee Steenburg) McAlpine (1934– 2013). Michael McAlpine died on August 12, 2001 at an age of 77 years. He was buried in the Our Lady Of Mercy Parish Cemetery at Bancroft, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada.

Butterfield, John Egerton Claydon, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1886-1961

John Egerton Claydon Butterfield was born on December 27, 1886 to parents Joshua Butterfield and Margaret Morris Dobie , in Halton, Ontario, Canada. He worked as an Ontario Land Surveyor. He died on June 14, 1961 and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Guelph, Ontario.

Kingsford, William

  • Person
  • 1819-1898

William Kingsford was born on December 23, 1819 in London, England to parents William Sr. and Elizabeth. He went to school in Camberwell at the Nicholas Wanostrocht school. Throughout his education, he studied architecture and was eventually articled to an architect. At an age of 16 years, he enlisted with the 1st Dragoon Guards and traveled with them, to Canada (1837) as sergeant. In 1840, he left the regiment to pursue a career with the city of Montreal as a civil engineer and deputy city surveyor. About a decade later, Kingsford became heavily involved in the construction of railroads and canals all over the continent - from New York to Panama to Toronto. After dismissal from his engineering career, he pursed his passion for historical literature further. He was the author of many historical pamphlets and books, but most notably "History of Canada" which was released in 1887. Kingsford married Maria Margaret, the daughter of William Lindsay, clerk of the legislative assembly of Canada. He died on September 29, 1898.

Emerson, John, P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1799-1884

John Emerson was born near Clones, Ireland on January 16, 1799. He learned the skill of surveying at a young age while still in Ireland. He immigrated to Canada in 1832, settling on a farm in Tyendinaga Township, near Roslin with his sister, Anne. He never married. Throughout his surveying career, he mapped the counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, Northumberland and Lennox and Addington as a Provincial Land Surveyor. He died on February 24, 1884 and was buried in Roslin, Ontario.

Benson, Samuel Manson, D.P.S. & P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1801-1876

Samuel Manson Benson was born on 23 March 1801 in York, Ontario, Canada, the child of Ezekiel Benson and Ann Manson. He became a surveyor and was active in various townships of the Midland District of Ontario. He served in the militia during the rebellion of 1837-1838. Benson died in Belleville on 28 December 1876 of cancer, at the age of 75.

Shaw, John Henry, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1867-1922

John Henry Shaw was born in August of 1867, to parents Daniel and Jane, at Westmeath in Renfrew County, Ontario. He became licensed as an Ontario Land Surveyor and in 1900 he married Elizabeth Ann in Carleton County, Ontario. Throughout his career he worked for the provincial government surveying townships in Ontario and CNR lines.He died on May 12, 1922, at North Bay, Ontario, due to a case of chronic nephritis.

Richards, George Henry 'Harry', O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1898-1966

Harry Richards was born in 1898 to parents George Richards Sr. and Kate Price. He was baptized on July 8, 1898 at Rolleston, Stafford, England. By 1913, the family had immigrated to Canada, where Harry trained and worked as an Ontario Land Surveyor. He married his wife, Gertrude Mae Montgomery, on July 15, 1925, at Brantford, Ontario. He died in 1966.

Campbell, Charles Donald, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1889-1929

Charles Donald Campbell was born on 23 August 1889 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Donald Mcgregor and Margaret Lumsden Scott Campbell. He worked as City Engineer for the City of Belleville for seven years, but was also licensed as a land surveyor. He married his wife, Eva May Pickard, on January 6, 1914 in Waterloo, Ontario. On May 21, 1929, Campbell was travelling on a provincial highway, half a mile east of Deseronto, when his motorcar was forced off the road. He died instantly from cerebral injuries. As tribute to the bright, young engineer, City Hall closed the following day.

Beatty, Frank Weldon 'Weary', O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1892-1965

Frank Weldon Beatty received his Ontario Land Surveyor’s licence in 1920. He eventually joined his brother Herbert, also an Ontario Land Surveyor, in private practice at Pembroke. They carried out extensive surveys in the Ottawa valley and northern Ontario. Beatty also participated in government affairs - holding the position of Pembroke's Mayor, and later, Surveyor General from 1946 until 1962. He died on 13 October 1965.

Aylsworth, Charles Fraser Sr., P.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1834-1911

Charles Fraser Aylsworth was a land surveyor for the Ontario government. Most notably he surveyed what would become Carlow Township, paving the way for settlement. He was born on 5 March 1834, the son of Robert Aylsworth, a farmer, township clerk, and Methodist preacher while his grandfather was MPP for Lennox. Charles' son, who shared his father's name was also a noted surveyor of the region during the early 1900s. In 1861, he married Elizabeth Gillespie in Stratford. He lived in Madoc, Ontario until his death on 27 June 1911.

van Skiver, Leighton Adelbert, O.L.S. & D.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1874-1949

Leighton Adelbert van Skiver was born on December 4, 1874 at Sophiasburgh, Prince Edward County, Ontario, to Dutch parents John van Skiver and Elizabeth Way van Skiver. He married Eleanor Francis Jones on March 12, 1919 at York, Ontario. They had two children - George Leighton and Lois Lorraine. Throughout his career he worked as an Ontario Land Surveyor. He died on March 27, 1949 at the age of 74.

Berkeley, Garnet Lawrence, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1890-1967

Garnet Lawrence Berkeley was born on May 4, 1890 in Belleville, Ontario, to parents John Alfred Berkeley and Ellen Catharine Zufelt. He married his wife, Gertrude Louise Butler, on June 22, 1912 in York, Ontario. Prior to enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he was employed as a land surveyor and civil engineer. On April 1, 1916 he joined the 4th Divisional Cyclists Company as a Captain. At some point in his time overseas, he acquired a hand and knee injury from a motorcycle accident. He was later discharged on November 17, 1917. After the First World War Berkeley returned to his family and previous profession. He died in Smith's Falls, Ontario on 13 August 1967.

Smith, Campbell Taylor, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1890-1972

Campbell Taylor Smith was born on July 13, 1890 in Sarnia, Lambton County, Ontario, to parents Thomas T. Smith and Mary McBride. Throughout his career he worked as a civil engineer and as an Ontario Land Surveyor. He married Verna Lucetta Hetherington (a school teacher) on June 29, 1925 at St. Catharines, Ontario. He died on 8 March 1972.

Bews, David Matthew, O.L.S.

  • Person
  • 1932-2017

David Matthew Bews was born on May 20, 1932 in Belleville, Ontario to parents Douglas and Aline Bews. He attended Queen Alexandra elementary school and Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. In 1951, he moved to Kingston, Ontario where he earned his BSc in Civil Engineering at Queen's University. After graduating, Bews joined the Ontario Department of Highways and became an Ontario Land Surveyor. He married Ethel Green on June 8, 1963. He died in Belleville on March 28, 2017.

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