The Executive

Lorne Munro – I became interested in historical events in the 1970s. My interest grew after attending the 25th Anniversary banquet of the Glencoe & District Historical Society at the Glencoe Legion in 2003.

We presently have eight family genealogy books in our home that I manage and update. Ancestry.ca has been a great help and I correspond with family members to gather information.

During my tenure as President in 2018, the Society’s collection moved from our rooms on Main Street to the old library at 178 McKellar Street, Glencoe. I have served as secretary, first vice president, president (a couple of times). I’m slowing down now, just working on Wednesday afternoons in The Archives and enjoying any other projects that come along.

Ina Nelms – I was always interested in history.  I grew up on the original homestead cleared by George Simpson and Sarah Whitely in 1837, Glenmore Farm, along the Thames River in Mosa Township beside the Simpson Bridge.  I remember Dr. Seaborne requesting a piece of the old original log house that was lying in ruins when I was young.  Dr. Edwin Seaborne’s daughter, Dee Dee Seaborne married Bill Moss, also was a descendant of George and Sarah Anne. 

I always enjoyed history in school and my father, mother, and older relatives all knew their ancestors and family tree branches very well.  I am a descendant of various clans: the Pearces, Moorhouses, Stalkers, McEachrans, and Simpsons.  I’m an Honourary member of the Glencoe & District Historical Society and have been the social convenor for the monthly program for several years.  I enjoy supporting this wonderful society of friends who work so hard to preserve our local history, story, and documents. 

Harold Carruthers – What first piqued my interest in history was sitting on my Grandmother Carruthers’ knee, with her showing me old family picture albums and letters from Scotland. She would patiently explain to me who each person was and what their connection to our family was.  I was likely only about seven at that time, and as a young boy there likely would have been more fun things to be doing but I have nothing but pleasant memories of those times.

A few of my projects were: Chairman of the Restoration of the Grand Trunk Wabash Station (1978-2001); area postcard/photo collection (1968-present); transcribing area cemetery records (1970-1983); early settlers (1978-2000); preserving original transcripts; heritage sign project; and Peter McArthur books. I care for the Registry Records which were returned to Glencoe (1991-1997). I also have assisted in supplying information for nine books.

Marilyn McCallum – I am the Treasurer of the Society and I also work with the Ekfrid Museum in Appin. I love the puzzle of history. It is at no time limited; it is never complete. As we progress, new tools and new sources reveal themselves. Accepted facts about the past are revealed and finally emerge when the pieces are put together.

My interest in history was piqued by my father who always told stories about the people, the happenings, and the buildings – present and long gone in Melbourne and area. Years later, I was asked to compile and type a book on the history of Melbourne and I eagerly accepted!