Series 23 - City Comptroller's correspondence files

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CA ON00156 CB/3/23


City Comptroller's correspondence files


  • 1915-1949 (Creation)

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63cm of textual records (59 files)

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Harold Douglas Bateman was born in Belleville, Ontario on 26 March 1896, the child of Robert Bateman and Blanche (Fuller). He married Beryl Isabel Hendricks in November 1918 and the couple had one son. Harold worked for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and as an insurance agent. He was elected as an alderman for the City of Belleville, but resigned after taking on the role of Assessor for the City in 1937. In 1940 he was appointed City Comptroller and in 1953 he became Clerk-Comptroller. He was one of the founders of the Association of Assessing Officers of Ontario in 1941 and became its president. He suffered a heart attack and died at his home, 246 George Street, on 9 June 1955.

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Files transferred from City Hall in September 2019 as part of accession 2019-082.

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Correspondence files of Harold D. Bateman, City Comptroller and Assessor. The letters relate to City of Belleville expenditures, property assessments, office supplies, and administrative concerns.

There are two series: the first (files 1-25) was held in letter-sized files carrying letters of the alphabet, with correspondence usually filed under the letter of the surname of the correspondent. However, files I, J, K, L, M, Mc, P and Q hold municipal administration publications, rather than correspondence, and the correspondence for those letters was filed in file 'X,Y,Z'.

The second series (26-59) was housed in legal-sized files, usually with filenames although some were unnamed.

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Obituary in Intelligencer, 10 June 1955:

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