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History of Ingersoll

Search the documents below for keys to Ingersoll’s past.You will find information about businesses, architecture, culture and pioneers of the area.

168th Battalion 'Oxford's Own'

A 1915 accounting of Oxford's Own during the Great War. Includes casualties, prisoners and those killed in action. Searchable.

1924 Ingersoll Old Boys' and Girls' Reunion

A Souvenir Programme containing memories of a homecoming event for Ingersollians in August 1924

A Boy's Life in Ingersoll in the 1850s

by Francis Huston Wallace. A glimpse into the Browett, Barker and Wallace families of early Ingersoll. Living on 8 acres at 255 Thames Street North.

Architecture in Ingersoll

A clipping collection of notable dwellings and structures.

Art Williams Scrapbook

A keyword searchable collection of the work of journalist, Art Williams, who wrote many of his newspaper columns on the history of Oxford County.


Discover the beginnings of business in Ingersoll and the people who built the economy that established the town.


Delve into the history of the religious denominations of Ingersoll. Explore beautiful faith structures and congregations.

CNR Train Station History

A report prepared regarding the history and architectural significance of the former Canadian National Railway station. Report includes plans and photographs of the structure.

Flood & Freshets

A comprehensive timeline of waterway fluctuation and the effect.

Glimpses of the Past

Ingersoll Times Souvenir supplement, Wednesday, August 20, 1986. This digitized keyword searchable edition focuses on Ingersoll history, particularly the war years, businesses and life during the depression.

Harry Clayton Walker Diary, 1869-

Discover the early days of Ingersoll through the eyes of a resident.

History of the Cheese Industry in Oxford County

and the History of Ingersoll Cheese Company by C. H. Sumner

History of the Ingersoll Library

Explore the beginnings of the library in Ingersoll. Includes the application to build a Carnegie Library, including unused plans.

History of the Town of Ingersoll by Agatha Simister

Written by newspaper columnist and Ingersollian, Miss Agatha Simister (1897-1967), this essay details the very beginnings of Ingersoll's history.


A history of health care in Ingersoll.

Ingersoll Architectural Walking Tour

Take a stroll down Oxford Street and experience the period detail of these architectural gems.

Ingersoll Cheese Industry

A digitized searchable collection of clippings, excerpts that tell the story of the cheese industry in Ingersoll and Oxford County

Ingersoll Fall Fair 1847-1947 Program

A souvenir program detailing the celebration of the Centennial of the Fair

Ingersoll History Newspaper Clipping Collection

A comprehensive collection of Ingersoll Times clippings through the years relating to the history of Ingersoll. Keyword searchable.

Ingersoll Memories

Produced in the 1980s these audio recordings give a first person account of life in Ingersoll in the early 20th century.

Ingersoll Sports Hall of Fame 1986

Published by the Town of Ingersoll in 1986 to give formal recognition to those who have attained athletic excellence in sport.

Ingersoll Times Souvenir Edition 1984

In celebration of Ontario's bicentennial, this edition is brimming with historical facts and photographs spanning Ingersoll's 200 years.

Ingersoll town hall: history and architecture analysis and conservation

Prepared by Nicholas Hill, architect planner, this report filed in 1987, identifying opportunities for conservation & viability of the 1857 town hall. Ultimately the hall was demolished in 1989. Searchable.

Our anniversary album of memories

Created in 1980 by Oxford North District Women's Institutes, this booklet details the history of groups in Oxford County.

Oxford-on-the-Thames Bicentennial 1793-1993

A year long clipping collection from the Ingersoll Times in 1993, celebrating the inception of Oxford-on-the-Thames, the former name of Ingersoll. Searchable.

Retrospect Bulletins

Various issues of the official bulletin of the Ingersoll & District Historical Society containing many historical facts

Roads & Street History of Ingersoll

A searchable clipping collection of the history of streets, bridges & roads in the Ingersoll area. Includes origins of the Old Stage Road.


Research a history of education in Ingersoll, as well as student and faculty life, in school histories and yearbooks. Discover how children of the past learned the fundamentals.


Uncover historical information through the collected works of Ingersoll residents and families who spent years saving clippings and mementos to record Ingersoll’s history.