Images of America: Ontario
Nestled in the northwest corner of Wayne County, Ontario takes its name from the lake on its northern border. Through some 200 compelling photographs, this book traces the historical influences that helped shape this town from apples to atoms - from the distant glacial past, the developers Phelps and Gorham, the Iroquois Nation, and the early settlers to the major industries of iron ore mining and nuclear power. It focuses on the people, places, businesses, industries, and agriculture that earned the town its motto: the Community of Good Neighbors. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia Publishing is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
About JoAnn Meaker (Richmond, Virginia Author)
Meaker is the author of Images of America, Ontario, an Arcadia Publications book written to commemorate the bicentennial of the town of Ontario, New York. Two historical mysteries followed, My Dear Emma and Four Branches - duel time-line stories which are both partially set during the Civil War era. In addition she's written A Line of Shorts, a book of short stories, and children’s fantasy story, Nola’s Gift.
She’s published a series of historic newspaper articles and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Her latest work, Stories Beneath the Stones: Richmond National Cemetery is the culmination of three years of intensive research into the lives of the 860+ Civil War soldiers buried in the Richmond National Cemetery when it opened in 1867. Along the way she discovered so many interesting stories.
A retired teacher, she and her husband Norm moved to the Richmond area from Ontario, in western New York State, where she volunteered for many years for the town's Historical Society, was the organization's President and archivist, and served as organizer of Civil War reenactments at the Society-owned museum. Since relocating to Richmond, Meaker has been very active in the Hanover County Rotary Club, is the current president of the Hanover Writers Club and is on the board of the Virginia Writers Club.