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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home as part of our Community Leaders Program.


The year was 1864 ... and Guelph hosted the Queen's Plate

The year was 1864 ... and Guelph hosted the Queen's Plate

People had come from all over the province and the city’s hotels were full
Guelph woman was country's first female professional hybridist

Guelph woman was country's first female professional hybridist

Isabella Preston immigrated from England in early 20th century and joined Ontario Agricultural College
Shot down during Second World War, airman aided by resistance

Shot down during Second World War, airman aided by resistance

Gordon Stacey was taken in by a Belgian family, posed as someone who couldn't hear or speak
Charles Zavitz brought fame, controversy to Ontario Agricultural College

Charles Zavitz brought fame, controversy to Ontario Agricultural College

At the start of the 20th century, the small city of Guelph had a world-famous institution, the Ontario Agricultural College.
Guelph woman's jungle adventure to evade capture during Second World War

Guelph woman's jungle adventure to evade capture during Second World War

Muriel Livesay spent three years hiding from Japanese troops in the Philippines
Guelph brothers fought for the south during American civil war

Guelph brothers fought for the south during American civil war

Another Guelph man took up arms for the north
In 1945, two large, downtown fires exposed inadequacy in Guelph's firefighting equipment

In 1945, two large, downtown fires exposed inadequacy in Guelph's firefighting equipment

As one fire still smouldered, and with firefighters exhausted, another ignited
The Irish luck of Peter Kelley: a tall tale of considerable truth

The Irish luck of Peter Kelley: a tall tale of considerable truth

'The crime story you are about to read is true, with some embellishment for dramatic effect. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because everyone was guilty'
Guelph movie star appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis and more

Guelph movie star appeared in films with Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis and more

Joe Sawyer appeared in more than 200 films during the 1930s through 1960s
What was more startling than war news in 1944? Women allowed to drive taxis in Guelph

What was more startling than war news in 1944? Women allowed to drive taxis in Guelph

Someone came to the conclusion that if Rosie the Riveter could build ships and tanks, her sisters could drive cabs