Sous-fonds 013 - Guymer family fonds

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Guymer family fonds

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CA SWM RG4-013

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  • 1913-1933 (Creation)
    Guymer family

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4.5 cm of textual records including one oversized textual record

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Daniel Herbert (Herb) Guymer, born in Doncaster, England, October 27th, 1879, was the eldest in a family of four sons and three daughters. He married Violet Irene Poynter on March 17th, 1905. Herb and his brother, Lawrence Edmund, emigrated to Canada in 1909, leaving behind his wife and growing family to follow him later. The Guymer brothers were employed by a Logging Company, and were eventually transferred to The Pas in 1910, where they established a lucrative business as Undertakers, Draymen and Contractors. Lawrence Guymer married Emma Jane Fleming in 1912; they had two daughters, Laura and Emma Jane, the latter named for her mother who died during childbirth in 1915. Lawrence enlisted in the army in 1916, after the outbreak of World War I. Lawrence Guymer contracted pneumonia while training and died in December of 1917, leaving his daughters in the care of their maternal grandparents. Herb Guymer died the following year during the influenza pandemic, leaving behind his wife, Violet, and their five children, Harry, Frank, Wilfred, Lily and Lorrie. Violet Guymer carried on the funeral business, receiving her Funeral Director and Embalmers licence. She operated for 20 years as the only female embalmer in Canada, and the first female undertaker in Western Canada. Her son Wilfred assisted her in the business as he grew older and took up the trade. Wilf was found to be too young for an embalmer’s license, and therefore ended up working in Flin Flon for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, and later returned to The Pas to work for the Manitoba Government as Game Warden. Violet Guymer died September 4th, 1955. (Source: The Pas: Gateway to the North, 1983, pgs. 269 – 274)

Custodial history

Record PA84.22.1 was collected by Sam Waller, date unknown. Records PA90.5, PA90.6, and PA2003.5.1 were donated by Wilf Guymer, son of Violet Guymer, on the 18th of June, 1990, and on the 5th of April, 2003.

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The Guymer family fonds consists of Violet Guymer’s funeral register used in her funeral home in The Pas, Wilf Guymer’s embalmer’s licence and correspondence with Sam Waller and the Little Northern Museum, and a series of letters regarding the fabrication of a toothbrush out of beaver whiskers.

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Access to the funeral register is restricted. Contact Curator for more information.

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Sam Waller Museum

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Created October 11, 2011.

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