Memorable Manitobans: George Andrew Carruthers (1875-1957)
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 26 December 1875, son of James Carruthers and Louise Coleman. He commenced a business career in banking, at Toronto in 1896. He came to Winnipeg in 1900 and developed interests in real estate, timber lands, and grain elevators. For many years he was worked as a grain exporter with his father’s firm, James Carruthers and Company, located in the Grain Exchange Building in Winnipeg. He was later associated with the Tilt Grain Company.
He was a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange and the Toronto Board of Trade, as well as a director of the Winnipeg Horse Show Association and the Canadian Marble and Granite Company. In World War One, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, as commander of the 5th Artillery Brigade.
In 1899, he married Clara Gillingham Wright of Port Huron, Michigan. They had four children: Marjorie St. Clair Carruthers (b 1901, Mrs. W. A. Smith), George A. Carruthers, James Douglas Carruthers (b 1907) and Janet L. Carruthers (b c1914). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Toronto Hunt Club, Royal Yacht Club, St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg Hunt Club, and the Lakewood Country Club. His recreations included shooting, fishing, golf, and polo. In 1911, he lived at 87 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg.
He died at Poughkeepsie, New York on 5 June 1957 and was buried in Mount Royal Cemetery, in Montreal.
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
Manitoba birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
“Former grain man in city dies at 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1957, page 10.
Obituary, Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B11, page 116.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 January 2015
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