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Elisha 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.
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Winnipeg Newspaper clipping
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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 yetother in the long list of young men who decided to "Go West"and seek his fortune. He worked for the Canadian PacificRailway and made it as far as Port Arthur (present dayThunder Bay). He completed the over 700 km. journey to Winnipegon foot arriving with $1.50 in his pocket and no job. Findingno 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 hotelcaught fire and Hutchings was forced to flee the buildingcarrying all his clothes. Hiding them in a nearby empty lot, hereturned to the hotel to lead a bucket brigade from the ro
of of the hotel. The fire was finally put out and Hutchingsreturned to the vacant property to retrieve his clothes. To hisdismay, he discovered that during his absence, someone hadmade off with his clothing as well as all his money, which hehad left in, A pocket. Alone, penniless , without wo
rk and wearing only his underwear, Hutchings made his wayback 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. Duringthe winter of 1877 - 1878, he worked in a lumber camp.
The period between 1900 and 1914 was one of phenomenalgrowth for the Great West Saddlery. Company. Employing 30men and capitalized at $250,000 in 1900, the company had apayroll of 300 and was worth $2 million just 11 years later.The man who once was without money and clothes wasestimated to be worth between $5 and $8 million in 1913. His companyexported to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, andwas unquestionably the largest of its type in the world. It alsoearned 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 onMain Street.
Dies in Winnipeg
Founded Great West Saddlery Company, With NumerousBranches
WINNIPEG, April 14 1929
E. F. Hutchings, 74, President of theGreat West Saddlery company, and one of the best knownbusiness men of the west, died suddenly last night. lie was,identified with score of large industries as a director. He hadbeen ill for some time but it was not considered serious. During the night he expressed a feeling of depression andwas dead before physicians arrived. His brother is R. J.Hutchings in charge of the Calgary branch of the business. Thebusiness established by the Hutchings brothers is the largestof its kind in the world, with branches in all Parts Of Canada. He was born in Newboro, Ontario in 1855 andcame 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:
- Lou Birt Hutchings, d. date unknown.
- Ethel Hutchings, d. date unknown.
- Ernest Hutchings, d. date unknown.
- Hazel Hutchings, d. date unknown.
- Harold F. Hutchings, d. date unknown.