Fonds 1988.113, 1988.129 - GUTHRIE FAMILY collection

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CA CPA 1988.113, 1988.129

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  • 1891-1954 (Creation)

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2 pp. of textual records. – 387 photographs. – 1 album. – 1 booklet

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William Robert Guthrie (1891-1962) spent most of his life in railroading, first with the Grand Trunk, followed by 37 years as Trainman with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was born in Omemee, Ontario to Mrs. and Mr. Robert Guthrie and died in Stillwater, British Columbia. He married Ida May (Kerr) Elliott in 1927. Guthrie was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge for 53 years, beginning with Lodge No. 41 of Emily, Ontario in 1909. He was also a member of the Oddfellow Lodge for 39 years, being initiated in Winnipeg in 1923 and possessor of a 25 Year Jewel which was presented by the Western Lodge No. 11 of Carberry, Manitoba. Guthrie also belonged to the Royal Black Chapter of British America No. 732 of Brandon, Manitoba. Further biographical information is unknown. Ida May (Kerr) (Eliott) Guthrie (1889-1972) had the honour of turning the sod for the R. J. Waugh Elementary School in Carberry in 1965. She was born in an unknown place to Mrs. and Mr. David Kerr, and was educated solely in Carberry, Manitoba. In 1910 she married W. R. Elliott ([18-?]-1924), and three years later married W. R. Guthrie. She was a member of the Lily of the West Lodge No. 1115 LOBA, in Carberry. She was known for her needlework and gardens.

Custodial history

Records have been presented to the Carberry Plains Museum in 1975 by the Ida Guthrie estate of Carberry, Manitoba which transferred them to the Archives in 1988.

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Collection consists of photographs of Carberry, some of which Joseph Paynter created. Photographs depict inventions by David Kerr, such as the Jones Windstacker, later known as the Carberry Blower attachment to threshing machines at the turn of the century. Photographs show construction of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company, the Maple Leaf Football Team (champions of Manitoba in 1896). Album illustrates family members. One photograph shows students and teacher of Carberry School ([ca. 1905]). Booklet is dated 1903 and is entitled Souvenirs of Carberry. H. H. Allen took some of the photographs, as did E. R. T. Smith, and Davidson. News clippings describe the Windstacker, and marriages.

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Original order was changed during archival processing, with the exception of the booklet and photograph album.

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Related material: Carberry School material, and Paynter photographs are also in other fonds. See also Joseph Paynter fonds.

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