Item 2000.28.18 - Joseph and Mary (Bottom) Birtles

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Joseph and Mary (Bottom) Birtles

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CA DHM 1978.28-2000.28.18

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  • c.1898-1900 (Creation)
    W.A. Martel & Sons

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Photograph: 5.5" x 7.5" (b/w)

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Born in New York City on 1 December 1851, William Angus Martel and his wife Theresa had three children, all of whom worked with him in the photography business: Isabel Martel (b 1872), William Angus Martel (1875-1958), and Frank A. Martel (b 1881). Around 1898, they came to Manitoba and established a photography business at Brandon, with a satellite studio at Morden, relocating later to Winnipeg. The Martels eventually moved to Los Angeles, California where W. A. Martel opened a studio.

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Donated to the Daly House Museum in by William J. Birtles in 2000.

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Photographed portrait of Joseph and Mary (Bottom) Birtles.

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Historical Background: Joseph Birtles Jr. was born September 24, 1853 in Yorkshire England to Joseph Birtles Sr. (1824-1908) and Hephzibah Milnes (1823-1908). Joseph Jr. married Mary Bottom (1854-1904) on June 3, 1874 in Sheffield, England. Four of their children - Annie (1874-1960), Mary (1879-1961), Lucy (1880-1932) and Ada (1881-1936) were born in England. Joseph and Mary Birtles and their daughters immigrated from Sheffield, England to Alexander, Manitoba, Canada in June,1883. The last of their seven children - William Alexander (1884-1926), John (1886-1977) and Frances Ellen Agnes (1897-1981) were born in Manitoba. Joseph, a trained butcher, started a butcher shop in Alexander, Manitoba in 1887. His wife Mary passed away in 1904; on November 27, 1906, Joseph remarried widow Hannah (Duck) Fenwick. After his son John took over the butcher shop in Alexander, Joseph Jr. farmed in Alberta and resided in Winnipeg during the winter months. Joseph Birtles Jr. passed away on July 2, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is buried in the Alexander Cemetery, Alexander, Manitoba.

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