Collection 2007.3 - Beecham Trotter Collection

Furniture and Shoe Store Mary Trotter with Mrs. Brock & Daughter Trotter Family Grandma & Jim YWCA Camp, 1914 Marjorie Trotter & Friends Arrival of Pacific Express in Brandon Rosser Avenue, Looking East

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Beecham Trotter Collection

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CA DHM 2007.3

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11 photographs
2 postcards
10 drawings
4cm of textual records

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Beecham Trotter (1860-1934) was one of Brandon's original pioneers. He was the son of William Trotter, who immigrated to Pittsburg Township, Ontario from Leitrim, Ireland in 1835. Beecham's occupations included being a shoe smith in Ontario and a horse dealer in Brandon. Beecham left Ontario in 1882 working as a telegraph worker for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He spent his first winter on the prairies in Regina. He came to Brandon in 1883 and began a livery stable with his cousin Alexander Trotter (1855-1931) on 10th street called Trotter and Trotter. Beecham was a devoted community worker. He served as city alderman (1914) and as a member of the Brandon General Hospital (1913-14). He was a member of the No. 6 I.O.O.F. for fifty years and a supporter of First United Church. Beecham was the author of "A Horseman and the West", which recounts the early days of pioneer life in Manitoba. He also frequently wrote articles about Brandon’s history for the Brandon Daily Sun. He married Mary Scott (1865-1948) and they had one son, Beauchamp Wilbert (1893-1942) , and a daughter, Marjorie Alexandra (1903-2000). The Trotters made their home at "Tintern" on 6th Street. Beecham Trotter passed away in 1934 and is buried at the Brandon Cemetery.

Custodial history

The collection originally belonged to the daughter of Beecham Trotter, Marjorie Trotter. The donor, Virginia Trotter received the collection after Marjorie passed away in 2000. The collection remained in Virginia's possession for eight years until she donated it to the Daly House Museum in 2007.

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The collection is comprised of material accumulated or created by Beecham Trotter and his family. It consists of photographs of the Trotter Family and other Brandon residents. Additionally there are drawings of different locations in the Brandon area. The collection includes numerous newspaper clippings of articles written by Beecham Trotter on the early days of Brandon. There are also newspaper clippings pertaining to other members of the Trotter family and other prominent Brandon figures. Many of these newspaper clippings are found in a scrapbook and others are separate. Other writings of Beecham Trotter in the collection include a magazine article and a typewritten short story. Items are described in detail at the individual level in the Daly House Museum database.

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