The Ingersoll Packing Company

above: The Ingersoll Packing Co. as seen looking north across the Thames River.


above: an historic postcard picturing The Ingersoll Packing Co. formerly on Victoria Street


above: an historic postcard picturing The Ingersoll Packing Co. on Victoria Street


above: a photograph depicting a celebration on Thames Street looking north, including some employees of the Ingersoll Packing Company and featuring the Ancient Orders of Foresters Band



This is one of Ingersoll’s largest industries. It was established over fifty years ago by the late T. D.Millar, on a small scale, but it grew gradually. It passed into the possession of J. L. Grant & Co., and subsequently became the property of Thomas L. Boyd, of Liverpool, England.  It is located on Victoria Street west, at the intersection of Wonham Street, and covers an area of about four acres. The capacity of the establishmenthas been enlarged year after year till now it has facilities for handling about 4500 hogs weekly, over six times what could be handled twenty-five years ago. It gives employment to a large number of men, and vast sums of money are put in circulation monthly in wages, the purchase of hogs, etc. The large brick hog pen of four floors has accommodation for about 6000 live hogs. It is the largest in the world owned by anyindividual pork packing company,and cost $25,000. The main factory of five floors is subdivided into departments, and the entire process of converting the live hog into a food product ready for the table is carried on according to a well organized system for the division of labour, and the most scrupulous cleanliness is rigidly insisted on in every department.  This firm does not put up canned goods. Cooked meats are packed in open tin packages for displaying on the retail dealers’ counters.  Various kinds of sausages, boiled ham, etc., are turned out, besides the famous Beaver brand of hams, bacon, and other forms of meat generalized as pork.  A few years ago a complete refrigerating plant known as the ammonia process was installed at a cost of $45,000. The system includes eighteen miles of piping throughout the establishment. The firm has in contemplation new smoke rooms of the most modern type. A very complete system of waterworks has been installed with hose and tap in every room. The construction of the buildings is such that every convenience and facility is provided for handling the products in the quickest and most economical and cleanly manner.  A very large percentage of the products of this factory is exported to England, but the home market is exported to England, but the home market is not neglected. New and improved apparatus is used in the production of pure lard for domestic use. The shipping facilities are excellent, and the goods are packed in the most attractive manner with special care. Mr. C. C. L. Wilson has been the energetic and efficient managerof this industry for about twenty-five years. He has a very capable and popular assistant in Mr. H. C. Sumner, with a full staff of clerks.  The business offices are located in the east side of the main factory facing on Victoria Street, as shown at the left of the picture.  This firm and their products have been of vast benefit to Ingersoll and the surrounding country, not only in the large amount of cast put in circulation annually, but in the way they have advertised the town abroad, and it would indeed be a difficult problem to estimate the full value of such an important industry to this community. This firm also does a large export trade in cheese, and they have a capacious cold storage warehouse on the premises.  J. H. Thomas is the manager of that department, and he is thoroughly conversant with the dairying industry throughout Western Ontario.

excerpt above from Industrial Ingersoll Illustrated, 1907

above: a photograph of the employees of the Ingersoll Packing Company circa 1902

From left to right:

First Row: Mr. Huntley, Jeff Lewis, James Huntley, Mr. C. C. L. Wilson, Mr. John Podmore, W. D. Hook, George Hambige, William Crookston, C. H. Sumner

Second Row: Neil McPhee, Doc Chambers, Tom Garlick, Alex Fant, Jack O’Brien, Bob McMillan, Harry Smith, Alex Lewis, Bill Stevens, Peter Sherry, Eddie McPhee [insert Bill Podmore behind Peter Sherry]

Third Row: Fred Lockery, Dan McGinnis, Jim Cane, Bob Tweedy, George Bowers, Jimmie Watson, John Noe, Dave Ely, Charlie Morley, Bob Gemmell, Nig Kyle, Tom Dutton

Back Row: Billy Murray, Jim Lockery, Cuff Thompson, Dick White, John Lockery, Ike Smith, Puss Chambers, John [Pointer] McMillan, Benny McMillan, William McCrea, John Thompson


above, an historic postcard depicting the Ingersoll Packing Co.


above, the offices of the Ingersoll Packing Co., located on Victoria Street


2 thoughts on “The Ingersoll Packing Company

  1. The photo of the circa 1902 meat packers/butchers list row one with 9 names and yet there are 10 men in row one. My Great-great grandfather George Fowler Hambidge is in that row (somewhere?). FYI – he died on Jan 31, 1889 so you might want to change the circa of photo to pre-1889?

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