Rev. Dr. Alex Calder (1915 – 1992) was born, raised and educated in Beaverton before receiving a B.A. degree from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate of Divinity from Knox College. As Reverend, he served several communities across Canada including Peace River, Alberta, the Maritimes and many in Ontario. In 1984 he was elected Moderator of the 110th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.
Dr. Calder was a passionate man, known for his wit and wisdom; he always had time for people. He loved his family, he loved his church and he loved life.
Russell Morrison (1909 – 1994) was born and raised in the Beaverton area and actively farmed 350 acres until 1975. Russell held positions of Councillor, Deputy Reeve and Reeve of Thorah Township for over 19 years.
He participated in, coached and judged competitive ploughing for over 25 years and was a member of the local historical and agricultural societies. He was awarded the Ontario Bicentennial Medal for Community Service in 1976.
Mr. Morrison was a true humanitarian who serves as a shining example in all aspects of community life.
Rev. Dr. David Watson (1823 – 1903) was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada at the age of 21. He taught school in London, Ontario for several years to finance his studies at Queen’s University from which he earned his B.A. in 1848 and a Theology degree in 1853. As the minister of Beaverton’s Old Stone Church for 45 years, Rev. Watson conducted services in Gaelic & English and he ensured that widows and their families received support from their fellow parishioners. For many years, he reached out to the community by holding basic literacy classes for adults and became the local school inspector.