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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.


Guelph's ties to historic figures Robbie Burns and Laura Secord

Guelph's ties to historic figures Robbie Burns and Laura Secord

Descendants of the famed Scottish poet and 'The Heroine of Upper Canada' called Guelph home
Many Guelphites victimized by early 20th century conman

Many Guelphites victimized by early 20th century conman

Efforts to scam the trusting and gullible aren't new, but it used to be done face-to-face, we hear in this edition of Then and Now
Prolific 19th-century artist had Guelph connections

Prolific 19th-century artist had Guelph connections

David Kennedy lived in the area for several years before moving to Philadelphia
Gang of thieves with Guelph ties ... and its 'reign of terror'

Gang of thieves with Guelph ties ... and its 'reign of terror'

William Hills was part of the gang led by Foxy Smith in the early 20th century
U of G laid groundwork for one of the world's great economic minds

U of G laid groundwork for one of the world's great economic minds

John Kenneth Galbraith spent five years at the University of Guelph
How Guelph got its fire department ... in 1846

How Guelph got its fire department ... in 1846

City's first fire warden hired in 1851 to oversee volunteer fire brigade
Guelph's contributions to baseball includes famed major league umpire

Guelph's contributions to baseball includes famed major league umpire

Robert Daniel Kean Emslie retired from pitching before being asked to umpire – a second career that lasted 33 years
Many names, many victims for notorious Guelph 'swindler'

Many names, many victims for notorious Guelph 'swindler'

The local paper's headline from 1907 read 'SWINDLER OF BANKS NOW IN THE TOILS' regarding William Hanlon's defrauding of several Guelph banks in the early 1900s
Guelph's military contributions go beyond Lt.-Col. John McCrae

Guelph's military contributions go beyond Lt.-Col. John McCrae

Brig.-Gen. Kenneth Torrance grew up in the city, transferred to the British Army and spent years in a Japanese PoW camp
Several people killed in 1907 train derailment near Guelph

Several people killed in 1907 train derailment near Guelph

Were lives put at risk in the name of 'profits over people'?