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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.

Returning to school in the Fall of 1920, Frank graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1923.  He was then hired by the City of London in October of that same year earning $125 a month and remained with the city for 37 years.     

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