Fonds 1971-009 & 1980-008 & 1984-026 & 1987-003 - Butcher family fonds

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Butcher family fonds

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    CA ON00226 1971-009 & 1980-008 & 1984-026 & 1987-003

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    • 1865-1934, predominant 1900-1920 (Creation)

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    ca. 60 cm of textual records

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    John Butcher was born in Warminster, England in 1850 and emigrated to Canada when he was about 14. His first job was with Peck's Brewery on Maria Street, Peterborough, Ontario. Then he was a teamster for R.D. Roger's Mill. He was a talented musican, playing several instruments and he was a music teacher as well. He was the carillonneur and occassionally organist for St John's Anglican Church in Peterborough. John Butcher met Margart Ingram (1854-1937), daughter of Absalom Ingram (manager of the Rev Mark Burnham estate) when she began music lessons on a parlour organ. John and Margaret were married in 1874. They had seven children including Alex Butcher. Alex Butcher served overseas in the CEF during the First World War. He enlisted in 1915 and was made a Gunner Private with the 2nd Battery, 1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, 1st Canadian Contingent. Prior to serving overseas, Alex spent one year with the 57the Regiment in Peterborough. Alex Butcher was born May 2, 1894 in Peterborough. Alex inherited the Butcher family estate when both of his parents died in 1937.

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    This material was created by members of the John and Margaret Butcher family. It remained in the family prior to acquisition by the City Archives between 1973 and 1987. Most of the material was donated through Alex Butcher, son of John and Margaret Butcher.

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    The fonds consists of an extensive and detailed series of personal correspondence from Alex Butcher to his mother Margaret (Mrs John Butcher) of Burnham Street, Peterborough while Alex was overseas during the First World War (1915-1919); assorted receipts from various Peterborough businesses (1873-1927); newspaper clippings; a series of Butcher family photographs including: John Butcher in marching band, members of the Zaccheus Burnham family, Pratty family, Mr Hallet, Principal of Ashburnham Public School, Amelia Burnham and others; deeds relating to Butcher house at 309 Engleburn Avenue (Absalom Ingram House), Ashburnham; photographs relating to Margaret and John Butcher; photographs of the construction of the Hunter Street bridge which includes a view into Ashburnham taken from atop Quaker Oats and clearly showing several landmarks including the Calcutt Brewery, Mattress December, 1920); personal correspondence of Absalom Ingram and a number of items relating to St Luke's Church; legal documents relating to the sale of the Butcher house at 309 Engleburn Avenue (northwest corner, near Sophia and Burnham Streets, Ashburnham) from Rev Mark Burnham to Absalom Ingram, then to John Butcher and Margaret Butcher (daughter of Absalom Ingram; assorted accounts and receipts relating to the affairs of John Butcher including an account ledger of Absalom Ingram (1879-1896); hand-lettered and hand-painted illuminated certificate presented to John Butcher on his retirement as caretaker of St John's Anglican Church, Peterborough; a small framed photograph of John Butcher, standing beside the cast iron bell taken from the tower of St John's Anglican Church when new chimes were installed.

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        See also: 1979-023 (Mary Jacques collection) which contains transcript of an oral history interview with Alex Butcher.

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