The John Morrow Company

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Located on the corner of Thames and Catherine Streets, and Carnegie and George Streets, was one of Ingersoll’s busiest industries, known as The John Morrow Machine and Screw Co., Ltd.  The industry was a small concern when they moved here from London in 1887. The town of Ingersoll gave them a bonus exemption from all taxes, except school taxes for ten years. With energy and enterprise, the manager, John Morrow, and his successor, J. Anderson Coulter, were able to develop and increase the output of the factory.  Every department was well organized and the entire business was conducted in a systematic manner, through the perfection of automatic machines that accurately performed one to five operations without any human aid or control. The quantity of bolts and screws made per day was amazing when compared with the old method of manipulating the metal with tools in the hand of a mechanic.  At one time a large business was done in the manufacture of bicycle parts, but later, the firm concentrated on other lines of work including nearly every size, form and quality of steel, iron and brass screws and bolts required in the construction of engines, mill machinery and electrical apparatus, etc.  One section of the factory was devoted to the production of screws for piano and organ stools, spring wires for Dunlop bicycle and automotive tires, and other specialties.  The Morrow Company was taken over by Ivaco Industries in 1974, and the production of cold heading steel parts was moved to Ingersoll Fasteners in the south-west part of town where a new plant was built.

above excerpt from Ingersoll : our heritage by Harry Whitwell

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above, Another historical postcard above depicting the The John Morrow Company, encompassing an entire town block

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above, The John Morrow Screw Company

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above, the employees of The John Morrow Company circa 1912

photograph courtesy of Mr. Lorne Moon

  1. ? Hargan
  2. John Morrow
  3. ?
  4. J. Knapp
  5. Fred Moore
  6. John Manville
  7. Andy Moyer
  8. Wesley Ackert
  9. Bob Dales
  10. Tom Dales
  11. Ed Hargan Sr.
  12. Bert Longfield
  13. Dick Huntley
  14. Wesley Moyer
  15. Joe Lowry
  16. ?
  17. Garnet Elliott
  18. Charles Pearson

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above, the employess of the John Morrow Company

From left to right: Charles Phillips, Gordon Haggert, Bob Dales, unknown, unknown, Andy Moyer, Harry Dales, Bill Noad, Jack Edwards, unknown, unknown, Ben Rossell, C. Carney, Bill Ackert, Frank Limbern, J. W. Moyer, Fred Foster, Dick Huntley, L. Pickard, Philip Dales, Tom Dundas, Tom Dales, F. N. Horton, Burt Longfield, William R. Hargan, William J. Lillywhite, A. Knights, Bob Pembleton, unknown, Pat Weeks, James Jackson, John Lee, George Cooper, Tom Fordham, Jim Pittock, unknown, J. E. Hargan, J. A. Coulter, Earnest D. Gerhardt, Harry Morrow, Jack Dales. [reverse of photograph]

Photograph by Frank Kiborn, circa 1909

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above, Plant 2 1905 -1970 Nut Co.

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above, Nut Co., Plant 2, 1905-1970

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above, another view of the Ingersoll Nut Co. across the Thames River, with a view of Carnegie Street

Built in 1905, it was located close beside the railroad tracks (GTR) several hundred yards east of Thames St., N. between Mutual and Bruce St.  A substantial red brick building, 144 feet long by 50 feet wide, with an engine house 38′ x 32′ at the east-end was erected. The side walls are largely constructed of windows and an 18′ louvre extending the whole length of the factory giving ample facilities to admitting daylight. Ventilation, fire protection and artificial light are well provided for and the mechanical equipment was of the most modem type.  The factory was erected by Messrs. Nagle and Mills of Ingersoll and is a credit to them and their workmen. The motive power of the factory was supplied by a 65 h.p. motor. Lathes, drills, sharpeners, a 6 spindle horizontal reamer, and a 10-ton shearing machine were some of the machines used in the production of the hot pressed nuts of various sizes.  In 1970, this building was taken over by Williams Form Hardware and Rock Bolt (Canada) Warehouse on Mutual St and is used for heavy construction forms of hardware and Rock bolts.

above excerpt from Ingersoll: our heritage by Harry Whitwell

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above, A staff photograph depicting the employees of the Morrow Screw & Nut Co. taken in April 1952

photograph donated by Marie Hammond

1 2
3 Ralph Richardson 4 ? Dryer
5 Percy Groom 6 T. Lee
7 8
9 10 Peg Cussons
11 Hilda McKee 12
13 14 G. Butt
15 Rose Hutson 16 E. A. Wilson
17 Harold Wilson 18 Roy Crolley
19 John Mitchell 20 Alan Horton
21 Dorothy Fletcher 22
23 Elinor Springall 24
25 26 Vera Latford [McEwen]
27 Lillian Cannell 28 AndyWindren
29 30 Bob Redhead
31 Stew Moyer 32
33 J. Hagar 34 May Jacobson
35 Ernie Rowland 36
37 Melton Walper 38 Edward Butt
39 C. K. Long 40 ? Ryan
41 ? Mahoney 42
43 Joe McEwen 44 Roy Brookfield
45 Cliff Beynon 46
47 Morris Steinhoff 48 Norm Moulton
49 Bill Eden 50 ? Matheson
51 Norman Jones 52
53 54
55 ? Wilson 56 Vic Byers
57 Wally Phillips 58 Mary Landon
59 60 Harry S?
61 Alex McMarch 62
63 John Edwards 64
65 Don MacKay 66
67 Ray Rodenhurst 68
69 Elwood Moore 70
71 72 Bill Dodds
73 Les Harlow 74 Ed Johnson
75 76 M. Roberts
77 Keith Geddie 78 Roy Mead
79 Norm Cooper 80
81 Frank Messenger 82 Ken Moyer
83 Bill Messenger 84
85 Bill Hill 86 Tom Cussons
87 Ken Staples 88 Morley Huntley
89 Allen Young 90
91 Red ? 92
93 94
95 Walt Harvey 96
97 98
99 100 Jim Berdan
101 102
103 104 ? Perrow
105 106 Bob
107 108
109 Grant Sitter 110
111 Cecil Thibideau 112 ? Napthon?
113 114 ? Waterhouse
115 116
117 118
119 E. Karn 120 Bill Lambert
121 122 Clarence Smith
123 ? Dryden 124
125 Bill Smith 126
127 Gord Manzer 128
129 130 Stan Whiteford
131 Hope M. Meadows 132
133 134 Harry Cornell
135 136 Jim Miller
137 Joe Hunsberger 138
139 Ivan Smith 140 Ernie Buck
141 142 Bob Cussons
143 Ralph Beemer 144 Gord Paterson
145 146
147 148 ? Shelton
149 ? Noad 150
151 152 Graham Malpass
153 Norm Roughley 154 Harold Smith
155 Tony Antony? 156 ? Desmond
157 Cecil Longfield 158
159 Harold Longfield Jr. 160
161 162
163 Reg Weston 164 Don Bucknell
165 ? Seldon 166
167 Ross Crown 168 Bob Smith
169 Bill Jordan 170
171 172
173 174

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15 thoughts on “The John Morrow Company

  1. Hi Folks
    I am a member of a stamp club here in adelaide, and I am also editor of the club magazine. Recently I was loaned an interesting letter, enclosed was a card advertising ‘morrow drills’. As it is ery interesting, I found all the history on this website, so I will be ale to expand what I have and make an interesting article. The person who loaned me this envelope, was also interested in the history. Thank you for a most interesting site, and very informative
    James Zinkler

  2. Trying to add comment but your background colour is black as is the text which renders everything the same and cannot read what I write. Am pasting this in from notebook. Can identify 2 persons in a John Morrow photo.

  3. Hello:

    I’m the grandson of prominent Ingersoll historian Stanley J. Smith, and am building a large HO scale model railway depicting CNR operations in Ingersoll for the decade 1957 to 1967. I have very little information regarding the Morrows plant, and while growing up in Ingersoll, I must have walked past it a thousand times. From the picture at the top of this page, around the top of the building of the more modern section of the facility (with the large square windows) east of the main gate contained the painted lettering “Ingersoll ….” something. Can any of your members tell me what the lettering said so I may duplicate it?

  4. I was born in Ingersoll in 1942 and attended Victory Memorial and Princess Elizabeth schools. My mother was born and raised there too. She was a Thornton . Memories of my childhood had all but faded except for my grandparents whom I loved deeply. An uncle stumbled on the I ngersoll blogs by accident while reading the Toronto Star and saw an upcoming auction. Checking it out on the internet led him to the wonderful history and pictures. He passed the information onto me and I have am so happy to see the names and be able to put faces to them again. I have subscribed and am hungry for more. Thank you so much.

  5. My name is Jay Proffitt from Ohio. I have a brass pocket knife that has John Morrow Screw & Nut Co. Inger, Ont. along with a picture of the old factory stamped on one side and a picture of bolts and drill bits on the other side. This is a unique piece of history. Has anyone ever seen one like it ? My email is basketdelights66@yahoo.com

  6. my name is Fred McEwen, Joe and VeraLatford (mcEwen, pictured here were my uncle and aunt, my uncle Joe got me my first job there in 1962, working for a guy by the name of Norm Moultin, not in the pic, i worked in the twist drill dept under Don McKay

    1. Fred …. maybe you can help me out with your memory of having been there.

      I’m building a model railway based on the activities of the CNR from 1957 to ’67 in Ingersoll but need some help in rejuvenating my memory cells.

      In the 1948 picture at the top of this collection the writing on the west side of the building said “Morrows Screw & Nut Company Limited.” My question is …. what did it say across the front? I seem to recall it as the other section of the company “Ingersoll Fasteners Limited.”

      Can you verify that Fred?

      1. yes Lee, the name was Morrow Screw & Nut Co Ltd, i worked there in 1962, was working the day John F Kennedy was shot, was a sad day there.

      2. I was in Grade 8 at Victory Memorial School that day Fred … and the newscast was piped through the PA system throughout the school and we were let out a little early.

        On the front of the building, does the picture jog your memory about the printing at the top of the building say “Ingersoll Fasteners Company?”

      3. Thanks Fred …. I lived in Halifax for about 18 months and really enjoyed my time there, and the folks were very friendly.

  7. What a great picture. Terrific surprise to see my dad, uncle and grandfather. #135 is John Asselin, and #149 is Austin Noad.

  8. Thank you for creating this remarkable historical record. My paternal grandfather, James (Jimmy) Knapp, features in a few of the photos. I only have one photo of my grandfather, from my father who passed away in 1957. I enjoyed finding the other photos of my grandfather on your webpage.

  9. I just looked at the photo of employees in 1952. #18 is identified as Roy Crolley or Ed Gilling. He’s not Ed Gilling, then purchasing agent, as my Uncle Ed had lost his right arm in an accident in the factory sometime in the 1930s and does not look like my uncle.

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