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View Tree for Elisha Frederick HutchingsElisha Frederick Hutchings (b. June 13, 1855, d. April 14, 1929)

Elisha Frederick Hutchings (son of Elijah Hutchings and Harriet Gifford) was born June 13, 1855 in Newboro, Ontario Canada, and died April 14, 1929 in Newboro, Ontario Canada. He married Annie Denby on October 03, 1882.

 Includes NotesNotes for Elisha Frederick Hutchings:
Winnipeg Newspaper clipping
Notes: Kindly sent to me by Mark Swan, Oregon


Winnipeg's King of the saddle Elisha F. Hutchings was born in Newboro Ontario on June 13, 1855. In, 1876, at the age of 21 he decided to go west yet other in the long list of young men who decided to "Go West" and seek his fortune. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway and made it as far as Port Arthur (present day Thunder Bay). He completed the over 700 km. journey to Winnipeg on foot arriving with $1.50 in his pocket and no job. Finding no work in the city, he soon left for Edmonton.

Taking a room in a hotel Hutchings began to plan his future. Unfortunately, his bad luck was not yet over. The hotel caught fire and Hutchings was forced to flee the building carrying all his clothes. Hiding them in a nearby empty lot, he returned to the hotel to lead a bucket brigade from the ro
of of the hotel. The fire was finally put out and Hutchings returned to the vacant property to retrieve his clothes. To his dismay, he discovered that during his absence, someone had made off with his clothing as well as all his money, which he had left in, A pocket. Alone, penniless , without wo
rk and wearing only his underwear, Hutchings made his way back to his room. Even this setback did not deter Hutchings. He convinced the grateful owner of the hotel to buy him a suit, and he went to work doing odd jobs around the city. During the winter of 1877 - 1878, he worked in a lumber camp.

The period between 1900 and 1914 was one of phenomenal growth for the Great West Saddlery. Company. Employing 30 men and capitalized at $250,000 in 1900, the company had a payroll of 300 and was worth $2 million just 11 years later. The man who once was without money and clothes was estimated to be worth between $5 and $8 million in 1913. His company exported to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, and was unquestionably the largest of its type in the world. It also earned Hutchings his nickname, "Lord Leatherhead." In 1928, Hutchings sold the company to John Birt who merged it with his Birt Saddlery Company, which continues to operate on Main Street.

E.F. Hutchings,
Western Pioneer
Dies in Winnipeg

Founded Great West Saddlery Company, With Numerous Branches

WINNIPEG, April 14 1929

E. F. Hutchings, 74, President of the Great West Saddlery company, and one of the best known business men of the west, died suddenly last night. lie was, identified with score of large industries as a director. He had been ill for some time but it was not considered serious. During the night he expressed a feeling of depression and was dead before physicians arrived. His brother is R. J. Hutchings in charge of the Calgary branch of the business. The business established by the Hutchings brothers is the largest of its kind in the world, with branches in all Parts Of Canada. He was born in Newboro, Ontario in 1855 and came west In the Pioneer days.

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More About Elisha Frederick Hutchings and Annie Denby:
Marriage: October 03, 1882

Children of Elisha Frederick Hutchings and Annie Denby are:
  1. Lou Birt Hutchings, d. date unknown.
  2. Ethel Hutchings, d. date unknown.
  3. Ernest Hutchings, d. date unknown.
  4. Hazel Hutchings, d. date unknown.
  5. Harold F. Hutchings, d. date unknown.
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