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Betty Crawford

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    It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Betty Crawford in her 93rd year on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll. Read More
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    Artist Betty Crawford left behind a legacy of beauty and of warm memories. Catherine Betty Crawford was born in Ingersoll in 1910. She died at the age of 92, on Wednesday, October 2, at Alexandra Hospital.

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    It is with sadness that library staff and users note the passing last week of Betty Crawford. Miss Crawford was the librarian of Ingersoll Public Library from 1941 to 1972, the longest serving librarian in Ingersoll since the library began in 1854. She was associated with the Oxford County Library Association for those years, and, as she neared retirement, she guided Ingersoll Library to become a branch of the newly formed Oxford County Library. Read More
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    Betty Crawford (1910 - 2002), was an exceptional artist whose works are well known throughout Southwestern Ontario, gracing the walls of the Woodstock, London and Hamilton Art Galleries, as well as those of many private collections. Read More

George Leslie Mackay

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    Son of Scots immigrants, Presbyterian missionary George Mackay was born near Embro in Zorra Township. In 1872, he founded the first overseas mission in Tamsui, Taiwan. An unconventional character, but sensitive to local needs, Mackay practised dentistry and trained local clergy. He married a Taiwanese, TiunChhang-Mian, and had three children. The "Black-Bearded Barbarian" worked in the Tamsui region until his death, established 60 chapels, several schools and a hospital. In 1881, he raised funds here in Oxford County to help build Oxford College, Tamsui, which later became a university. Read More

James McIntyre

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    For Over Fifty Years A Resident of Ingersoll Death of Mr. James McIntyre in his 79th Year --The Close of a Long and Useful Career Mr. James McIntyre died at the Sanitarium shortly before 4 o'clock this morning. yesterday [sic] at noon he had been delirious and the end was not unexpected.  From the first Mr. McIntyre's illness had occasioned alarm and hosts of sympathetic and loving friends constantly enquired as to his condition. Read More

Thomas Ingersoll

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    Sculptor Neil Cox explained some of the visual symbols which are incorporated into the statue of Thomas Ingersoll. Thomas Ingersoll is portrayed wearing boots and a coat, signifying his rank as Major in the Massachusetts militia. The scroll in his hand represents the land grant he received. He is looking out on the site, contemplating the work ahead and the hopes of the settlers. The pick axe and split log post indicate the important activity of road building. The parfleche containing corn seed is symbolic of the native contribution, particularly the role played by Joseph Brant. Read More
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