The Ingersoll Machine & Tool Company

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above, the employees of Ingersoll Machine & Tool Company, September 23, 1929

  1. Beulah Sandick
  2. Percy Desmond
  3. Harry MacDonald
  4. Bill Randall
  5. Fred M. Smith
  6. Ralph ‘Babe’ Bowman
  7. Jack Boynton
  8. Jimmy Spaven
  9. Melvin Sharpe
  10. Art Nunn
  11. George Harry Allen
  12. Bob Wilson
  13. ?, Hipperson
  14. E. A. Wilson
  15. Harry Whitwell
  16. Ernie Webber
  17. Gordon Warden
  18. Alf Catling
  19. Earl ‘Snooky’ Wisson
  20. Fred Catling
  21. Doris Bagnall
  22. Charlie Sharpe
  23. Russ Stringer
  24. Percy Groom
  25. James ‘Scotty’ Sannachan
  26. Wilf Allen
  27. George Waterman
  28. Jack Laurenceson
  29. Harold Wilson
  30. Charles Dykeman
  31. Tom Johnston
  32. ? ‘Pops’ Olmstead
  33. Charlie Pavey
  34. Hugh Priddle
  35. Sam Wisson


The Ingersoll Machine and Tool Company

In 1913, a small factory was erected on the site of the present factory on King St., W., at the town’s limits. This small plant was erected by a company for the manufacture of a brand of soap called “Fun to Wash” soap. This company did not exist long and brooms were then made in the building, fore the plant was purchased by Messrs. E. A. Wilson and Chas. Shortt in 1914. In 1915, a company was formed and named Ingersoll Machine and Tool.  The size of the factory was extended to have a floor space of 8,000 sq. ft. This was a two storey building of solid white brick walls with steel. The plant, at various times, made additions until it has reached a floor capacity of over 80,000 sq. ft. Nagle and Mill, Ingersoll contractors, were the early builders of a large part of the factory. Starting with 30 employees, the business of this company steadily increased until the employees numbered 350. This company enjoys an international wide trade. It specialized in the manufacture of steering gear assemblies for many makes of automobiles and boats. At various times it specialized in car starters, steering gears, millimetre shells, truck axel parts, house trailer parts and machine parts. Mr. Shortt did not remain long with the company, but Mr. Wilson continued as president until 1952. When he retired, his son Harold became president and when Harold retired, is son Ernest became the general manager. In 1965, the company bought 3 acres of land from the town and added another 8700 sq. ft.

above excerpt from Ingersoll: our heritage by Harry Whitwell


above, employees of the Ingersoll Machine Company depicted during a fundraising campaign in an effort to raise money for war bonds, 1917


above, the employees of the Ingersoll Machine & Tool Company, circa 1952

# in Photo Employee
1 Fewster, Ross
2 Warden, Jack
3 Clothier, William
4 Boynton, Jack
5 Wilson, E. A.
6 Warden, Gordon
7 Wilson, Harold
8 Murray, Helen
9 Tribe, Jean Reith
10 Smith, Kaye Fordham
11 Murray, Helen
12 Tallant, Marg
13 Howe, Veronica
14 Desmond, Percy
15 Stringer, Russell
16 Dykeman, Charles K.
17 Finlay, Ross
18 Henderson, Kenneth
19 Johnston, Tom
20 Spaven, James R.
21 Reith, William
22 Bowman, Ralph ‘Babe’
23 Thompson, John
24 Caldwell, David ‘Sooty’
25 McCombe, Louis
26 Elliott, Harold
27 Petrie, Bruce
28 Boniface, Robert
31 Clark, George ‘Gordy’
32? Witcombe, William
33 Appleby, Walter
34 Atkinson, Ralph
35 Sanichan, James ‘Scotty’
36 Bryan, Ronald
37 Neave, Fred
38 Wiszniowski, Phillip
39 Ball, Tim
40 MacNab, Allan
41 Minogue, William
42 Shelton, Thomas
43 Shelton, Arthur
44 Anderson, Jacques
45 MacMillan, John ‘Rat’
46 Pallisher, Rene
47 King, Aubrey ‘Abe’
48 Chaisson, Gilbert
49 Wilkes, Arthur
50 Sloat, Murray
51 Hipperson, William
52 Smith, Samuel
53 Williams, Fred
55 Camm, Ray
56 Guilford, Charles
57 Crown, Wilfred ‘Wimpy’
58 Jansen, William
60 Carter, Merrill
61 Bartram, John
61 Gibbs, James
63 Harkes, Harold
64 Crane, Cecil
65 Luno, Ernest or Parker, John?
65 Parker, John or Luno, Ernest?
66 Marr, Wallace
67 Syketa, Peter
68 Thornton, Melvin
69 Smith, Ernst
70 Kolodij, John
71 Anstee, Reginald
72 English, Percy
74 Anderson, William
75 Sloat, John
76 Henderson, Fred
79 Webb, Clark
80 Plewes, Fred
81 Latford, George ‘Red’
82 Nunn, Arthur
83 Simpson, Mark
84 Harker, Clifford
85 Dunlop, Edgar
86 Cade, Llewellyn ‘Lefty’
87 Boniface, Fred
88 Fraser, Robert
89 Bowman, Hugh or Priddle, Hugh?
89 Priddle, Hugh or Bowman, Hugh?
90 Durston, Carmen
91 Leonard, Fred
92 Allan, Ronald
93 MacMillan, Jim
94 Kepinski, Tadeusz
95 Bruce, Morris
97 Sharpe, James
98 Koch, John
99 McGinnis, Ronald
100 Baskett, Thomas
101 King, Fred
102 Curtis, John
103 Goncharenko, Alex
104 MacMillan, John
107 Hills, Gordon
109 McMillan, W. G. [Jack]
110 Rodwell, W.
111 Wessenger, S.
112 Miller, Horace
113 Halter, Joseph
114 Land, Roy ‘Goose’
115 McKee, Jack
116 Langford, Percy
117 Dill, John
119 Priddle, John ‘Jack’
124 White, Joseph
125 Henderson, William
128 Brasi, John
129 Keenan, Charles
131 Smith, Charles
133 Johnston, J. ‘Dutch’
134 Petrie, Donald
135 Mahoney, Harry
137 Layton, William
138 Coles, Roy
139 Morgan, Daniel
140 Clement, George
141 Davis, Walter
143 Mura, Steve
145 VanKoughnett, Roy
146 Witcombe, John
149 Walker, Ron
150 Hutson, George
151 Fitzpatrick, James
153 Scott, James
153 Stacey, Ernst?
154 Cudney, Leonard
155 Hick, Clayton
157 Marr, Emerson
158 Pearson, Garnet
161 Swartz, John
162 Horley, Donald
164 Empey, John
174 Bidwell, Floyd
175 Whitwell, Harry
177 Sharpe, Melvin
179 Foster, Charles
180 Campbell, Charles
181 Pye, Lawrence
183 Korzewicz, Mikolaj [Mike]
187 Bruce, Harvey
190 Smith, Joseph
193 VanderVaart, John
194 McPherson, Ian [Bill]
195 McLeod, Norman
196 Christie, Murray
197 Layton, Raymond
198 Payne, Alfred
199 Coombe, James
206 Moore, Joseph
207 Payne, William
208 Smith, Fred M.
209 Irwin, George
210 Nancekivell, David
214 Kerr, James
217 McMillan, Rod
218 MacMillan, Roy
219 Juett, F.
220 Archer, K.
221 Morris, John
223 Nash, William
225 Smith, Ralph
229 Finucan, Thomas
231 Morris, Roy
238 Fitzmorris, Doug
239 Travis, Delmer
245 Bodwell, Fred or Matheson, Ed?
245 Matheson, Ed or Bodwell, Fred or ?
251 Foster, William
254 Sharpe, Earl
256 Buchanan, Charles
257 McBay, Donald
260 McKee, William
261 Woodbine, Thomas
273 Pavey, Tom
274 Boynton, Herbert
281 Allen, Wilfred
283 Catling, Alfred
284 Hutcheson, S.
285 Swartz, Earl
289 Durston, Arthur
291 Stirling, Samuel
292 Wisson, Earl ‘Snooky’
298 Wisson, Robert
299 Pryzkling, Joseph
300 Thompson, John



8 thoughts on “The Ingersoll Machine & Tool Company

  1. Hello, I was just looking at the pictures of I.M.T. and it brought back alot of memories. My family starting with my grandmother ,aunts and uncles and even my father all worked for this company at one time or another. I can remember being on the main street of Ingersoll with my Dad and along came Harold Wilson who proceeded to stop and visit with the both of us. And yes he even knew my name. Can you imagine a time like that when the employers and employees had such a mutual respect for one another? I can remember when my uncle’s house burnt down and the company truck with a couple of men were sent to help with the cleanup. Do not get me wrong these places had their issues as did all factories of these times. Problems of safety, working conditions and wages are what brought the need for unions to the forefront. I guess what I am getting at is, can you imagine in these times and current economic instability being proud enough of the employer and employees to all sit and have your picture taken together? I wonder if the current employees of I.M.T. would sit for a photo session. Given what has happened to that company over the past few years, and if you work there you know what I mean, I highly doubt it. It is a sad sign of the times. And by the way I do know of what I speak, I spent 31 years at Ingersoll Fasteners. And we all know what happened to that compnay. Sincerely, Gary Rachar.

  2. To see the faces once again of the likes of Jimmie Spaven, Ross Fewster (who I believe also sedrved as Ingersoll’s mayor, Tommy Johnson, Helen Murray, Charlie Dykeman… what a treat. As a very young boy, I spent more than a couple of Saturday mornings at IMT; I was taught in no uncertain terms to value each and every employee as much as to appreciate what the company produced. The company and its employees were one and the same thing in those days. And I was privy to more than one conversation which hinged on the premise that the company had a rewsponsibility to its community and its citizenry.

    Gary Rachar is right. Was it perfect back then? Absolutely not. Wages, working conditions and other things we take for granted today were being forged back then by the brilliant and hardworking people we see once again in this photograph. But, perhaps, it would be beneficial to all of us if we were able to turn back the clock just a bit, when there was a little less “them” vs “us”, and a little more “we.”

  3. Further, I note that the lady sitting next to Harold Wilson in the photo is mis-identified as “Helen Wilson”. I believe it is Helen Murray who was secretary to Harold & Ernie Wilson, a lady both men held in high esteem.

  4. 1929 picture in the back row 6 in from the right is my Grandfather Sam Wisson, He is wearing what looks like a sweater vest.
    Kirk Plewes

  5. I once saw a picture of the employees pre WWI and my Grandfather E Metherell was in the photo. Is that photo still available? I would love to share with my Grandson. Thank YOU

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