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Lavery, Mary

  • Person
  • 1936-2014

Mary Lavery (1936-2014), a graduate from the Wellesley School of Nursing in Toronto, was a dedicated local historian and volunteer with an interest in preserving local history and heritage in Peterborough. She served on several committees but is best known for her involvement with the Peterborough Historical Society, where she was president for three years. She also helped to organize Doors Open Peterborough and further involved herself with the community by serving two terms as a trustee for the Peterborough Board of Education and as a member of the Peterborough Architectural Advisory Committee. Her most significant historical achievement is co-authoring the highly regarded local history book entitled Up the Burleigh Road, and Beyond (2005) with her husband Doug, covering the history of Burleigh and Apsley. The city of Peterborough granted her the Peterborough Betterment Award twice, in 2007 and 2009 and she also received the Award of Merit from the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Mary Lavery was very active in the local historical and heritage community, and served several years as the president of the Peterborough Historical Society. She and Doug were the authors of the highly regarded local history of Burleigh and Apsley, Up the Burleigh Road, and beyond (2005)."

Mackenzie, Hugh Blair

  • Person
  • 1867-1930

Hugh Blair Mackenzie (1867-1930) was born in Ingersoll, Ontario. The family moved to Brantford where his father, the Venerable G. C. Mackenzie, D. C. L., Archdeacon and rector of Grace Church, Brantford. He studied at Trinity College School in Port Hope. In 1884, aged 17, he found an opening at the Canadian Bank of Commerce at Brantford. Three years later he went to the Bank of British North America. He rose to a position of chief inspector, a position that took him to small places and where he started new branches, including in places for which there are pictures in his albums. For a while he was manager of the branch in Victoria, B.C. and then in 1907 was superintendent of central branches, working out of Winnipeg. He was credited with “nursing infant branches to prosperity.” In 1909, he went to Montreal where he was superintendent of branches. The Bank of British North America merged in 1917 with the Bank of Montreal. He served in many positions before becoming general manager of the Bank of Montreal in October 1929, successor to Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor.

Matthews family

  • Family

T. Frank Matthews (1869-1941), son of George and Anne (nee Smithson), He worked for his father George Matthews, who moved to Peterborough from Lindsay, in 1888. The company was Matthews amalgamated with Parker Blackwell Company Ltd in 1911, and then became part of Allied Packers in 1919 and the Canadian operations, Canada Packers in 1927. Frank Matthews was the secretary of the new company and manager of the Peterborough plant, June 1919. Served on Peterborough Water Works board, 1902-1919. Chaired Peterborough Utilities Commission 1914-1919; Peterborough Library Board, 1913-14; Peterborough Golf Club; Peterborough Curling Club. Moved to Toronto, 1919. Was member of the Canadian Club, New York.

Married Martha Stratton, daughter of James Stratton, June 7, 1892. They had three sons and one daughter: Harold Stratton Matthews (d. 1916); Gordon Smithson; Jessie Stratton; James Herbert; George Matthews

Mitchell, Charles

  • Person

Charles Mitchell was an employee of Outboard Marine Corporation who lived on RR4, Peterborough.

Naismith, Clive

  • Person

Clive Naismith, a former OPP policeman, while stationed in Peterborough in 1961 was assigned to be a member of the search team hunting for the Havelock bank robbers in the late summer of 1961. He kept a complete set of articles related to the excellent coverage by the Peterborough Examiner and also shared his memories.

Nisbett, William

  • Person

William J. Nisbett (b. Mar 4,1880 in Ont.), was a farmer in the Lakehurst area of Harvey Township. His parents were Henry G Nisbett (b.1849 in Ont.) and Ellen J. Nisbett (b.1853 in Ont). He had two brothers, Alexander and Wesley, and a sister, Nellie, and the 1921 census indicates that Alexander (Sandy) was a farmer on a neighbouring property in Harvey Township. William Nisbett married Annie Isabella Wilson on January 1, 1918 and they had a daughter, Clara, who subsequently married William Clare Telford, a poultry farmer in Norwood, Ontario.

Ogilvie, William G.

  • Person
  • 1899-1992

Born in 1899 in Lakefield, Ontario, William G. Ogilvie was a prolific writer of both fictional and non-fictional literature, primarily documenting his varied and dynamic life adventures, and his love of boats and boating. At the age of seventeen, Ogilvie enlisted in the army and spent the duration of the war as an Artillery signaller. Returning home after the war, he spent the summer of 1920 as a canoeing expert and guide at Algonquin Park. Owing to his boat handling experience and fitness, he was recruited in 1921 to become an active member of the W.S. Dyer Syndicate formed for the purpose of staking oil claims in the Fort Norman oil field. Ogilvie was profoundly affected by this epic adventure and would write much about the Canadian north for the remainder of his life. Ogilvie had a short career following his north trip as a cub reporter with the Toronto Telegram. He resigned in 1922 to join the staff of the Disappearing Propeller Co Ltd as he had become an expert on this vessel on his trip to the Canadian North. In the fall of 1926, Ogilvie started his own boat building company and when this failed in 1929, he became a Yacht Broker and was able to continue this profession until he sold it in 1973. He resided in his later years in Lakefield where much of his written material was produced in Ogilvie’s 70’s,80’s and 90’s.

William Ogilvie held positions as a yacht broker, salesman, wartime government inspector and operated a boat business for over 60 years. An essayist and short story author as well, he wrote, 49th Parallel (1991), a book on his father’s recollections of international survey; Way...Way...Down North (1989), on canoeing adventures in the Canadian North; Umpt-iddy-umpty (1982), a story of a Canadian Signaler in the First World War; Silver Toes (1987-91) a children’s series. William Ogilvie also wrote articles in the Muskoka Sun under the title, Of Boats and Things (1991). George Gilbert Ogilvie (1851-1945) was a surveyor with the International Boundary Survey Commission in 1873-74, who travelled as far as Texas before returning to Lakefield.

Pammet, Howard T.

  • Person
  • 1909-1993

Howard T. Pammett was born in Young’s Point, raised in Ashburnham, and educated at Peterborough schools, Peterborough Normal School, and Queen’s University. His MA thesis on the Peter Robinson settlers, from the Assisted Emigration of 1825 has been serialized in the Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley since May 2000. He taught in the 1930s, and worked for the federal Department of Labour from 1941 to 1970. His major publication projects were the newspaper series, “The Progress of Peterborough,” Peterborough Examiner, 1950-51; Through the Years in Douro (1967); Lilies and Shamrocks: A History of the Township of Emily in the County of Peterborough (1973).

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