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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.

Hubbs, Dorothy Gamble

  • Person

Dorothy Hubbs was the daughter of Harry J. Boyle, a Peterborough grocer, and was married successively to Dr. Warren Gamble, and xx Hubbs. Dorothy was a collector of glass, ceramics and plates and also served on the Hutchison House Committee of the Peterborough Historical Society, c. 1972 to 1979. Dr. Warren Gamble was on the Board of Directors of the Peterborough Historical Society in the 1970s.

Harry J. Boyle (1895-1942) was born, the oldest of five children, in Arnprior, Ontario, the son of William Henry Boyle and Elizabeth Driscoll. A printer by trade, he served with the 73rd Battalion, Black Watch Highlanders, and was a printer by trade. He was wounded in battle at Somme in 1916, and his leg was amputated. After the war, he toured with Chautauqua and was considered a splendid “social speaker.” While back in hospital he met Dorothy Mather, also of Almonte, and they were married in Toronto’s Metropolitan Church in June 1919. They had four daughters. He opened his first grocery store at 168 Charlotte Street, and soon had seven others. In 1927, he opened a warehouse for servicing his stores. And in the 1930s changed the name of his stores to Haboco. Because of the depression he lost control of the stores to National Grocers in 1933. The family home was at 514 Weller Street. He got a job with Elliott’s Stationery Company selling office supplies through the area. He was a member of Kiwanis, serving as president in 1932.

Holt, Alene

  • Person

Alene Holt was born in Stratford, Ontario and was married to Maurice Holt, manager from 1940 of the Peterborough branch of Household Finance Corporation. Their only child was Cooper (b 1947). She was educated in Stratford, Chalk River and Windsor. She graduated from Western Business College, Windsor. During the late years of World War II, she was publicity director for the Victory Loans. Her journalistic experience included a radio show in St Catharines, and projects with the Peterborough Examiner. Entered municipal politics in 1953.

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

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.

Rogers, Harry

  • Person

Henry G. Rogers was a son of R. B. Rogers and Mina Calcutt.

Jones, Elwood

  • Person

Dr. Elwood H. Jones is recognized both locally and nationally as Peterborough’s historical authority. An archivist since the 1960s, he has worked for the former Public Archives of Canada now known as Library & Archives Canada as well as a number of local institutions including Trent Valley Archives, Trent University and St. John’s Church.

He taught at Trent University, 1968-2006. In addition to Winners, he has published widely on Peterborough history.

Dr. Jones has won many awards for his outstanding scholarship and service to history and culture in the Kawartha region, including the Eminent Service Award from Trent University, the Janet Carnochan Award from the Ontario Historical Society, and, in 2013, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Doran, Olive

  • Person
  • 1933-1994

Olive Teresa Scott, daughter of Michael Joseph Scott and Catherine Ann Leahy, was born February 4th 1933 in Douro Township, Peterborough county, and baptised at St. Joseph’s church there. She worked part time at Westmount Plaza Variety store and at Sears until deciding to join Red (her husband, William Elmer Doran, went by Red) in retirement in 1986. She spent her time doing genealogical research into their many related families. All of her children went to Trent University. She passed away December 25th, 1994.

Turner, J.J. (John James)

  • Person
  • b. 1850

J. J. Turner, sr. was born in London, England, in 1850. After some years of working in lake shipping and at Hamilton Ontario and New York City, he started the firm of Turner and Roper in Colborne, Ontario. He came to Peterborough around 1894 and did considerable business in sails and tents. He was a mayor of Peterborough in 1925 and was active in local affairs.

J. J. Turner and Company built an impressive factory building on the corner of George and King in downtown Peterborough around 1910. The company had been in Peterborough since about 1875 and was a premier Canadian producer of canvas products. The 1932 catalogue shows various styles of awnings and tents as well as chairs, bags and flags. Additionally, the catalogue carries items that were supplied to them by manufacturers in the Peterborough area, notably canoes and skis.

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