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William O. Carson

From Books to Sewers

Did you know that London Public Library's first branch librarian, Francis "Frank" Caldwell Ball (1896-1961), ended his career as chief sewer engineer for the City of London?

From October 1915 to August 1920, Frank, earning $35 a month, was the librarian for the new East End Branch [now Carson Branch Library, named after former chief librarian, William Oliver Carson], then located in the former East London Town Hall at Dundas and Rectory streets.

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