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Manitoba Photographers: William Caswell (1838-1910)

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Born at Lyn, Ontario on 20 November 1838, son of Stephen and Mary Caswell, he lived at nearby Ogdensburg, New York for several years before moving to Duluth, Minnesota where he worked as a photographer in partnership with William H. Davy. While living at Duluth, he married Charlotte Atkinson with whom he had two sons, one dying in infancy. He also worked at Grand Forks, Dakota Territory [now North Dakota] where his “skills as a photographer has made his name a household word throughout the civilized world.” In December 1877, he came to Winnipeg as a partner of Simon Duffin in the studio of Duffin & Caswell. The partnership had dissolved by 1880 and Caswell returned to Grand Forks where he remained for the rest of his life. He died there on 27 February 1910 and was buried in the Grand Forks Cemetery.

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Samples

Stereoview:
“Scenery in Manitoba and on Lake Superior:
View of St. John’s College Ladies’ School” (front)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, St. Johns Ladies College - 6.

Stereoview:
“Scenery in Manitoba and on Lake Superior:
View of St. John’s College Ladies’ School” (back)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, St. Johns Ladies College - 6.

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Sources:

Manitoba Free Press, 26 January 1878, page 2.

Grand Forks Daily Herald, Volume 29, Number 103, 1 March 1910, page 7. [Cited at http://www.reshapingthetornadobelt.com/background/area-photographers/william-caswell]

Ontario birth, marriage and death registrations, Ancestry.

We thank Vince Godon for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2012

Manitoba Photographers: 1858 to Present

A list of photographers who have worked in Manitoba, from 1858 to the present, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

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