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Memorable Manitobans: James Malcolm Carruthers (1872-1947)

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James Malcolm Carruthers
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Born at Chateauguay, Quebec on 9 November 1872, son of William Carruthers and Margaret McNaughton, he was educated at Huntington Academy and worked in the dairy business (especially cheese-making) after leaving school. He came west in 1900. Four years later, he founded the Crescent Creamery Company of Winnipeg with R. A. Rogers. He later became vice-president of the Dairy Corporation of Canada. He retired from business in December 1933.

In 1903, he married Annie E. Grant of Glengarry County, Ontario. They had two sons: James Gordon Carruthers and William Grant Carruthers. The family resided at 664 McMillan Avenue. He was a member of the Masons (Assiniboine Lodge), Rotary Club, Motor Country Club, and St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 February 1947 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


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.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, University of Manitoba Archives]

“J. M. Carruthers dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 February 1947, page 16.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2017

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