Memorable Manitobans: James Malcolm Carruthers (1872-1947)
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 Robert Arthur Rogers. He later served as Vice-President of the Dairy Corporation of Canada and a director of the Union Fire & Casualty Company. He retired from business in December 1933.
In 1903, he married Annie Evelyn Grant (?-?) of Glengarry County, Ontario. They had two sons: James Gordon Carruthers (1903-1985) and William Grant Carruthers (1906-?). 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 the Brookside Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
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.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 June 2022