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Ed Butts

Ed Butts grew up in Guelph and is the author of more than 30 published books including Wartime: The First World War in A Canadian Town, which focuses on Guelph. He has written for numerous publications such as the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, and has contributed to Historica, the online Canadian Encyclopedia. Ed lives in Guelph with his daughter Melanie and grandson Austin

Recent Work by Ed

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
Guelph-born artist William Stevenson persevered to prominence

Guelph-born artist William Stevenson persevered to prominence

Seen as 'too modernist' by many, Stevenson eventually became known as one of Canada's finest landscape artists
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
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
'Settling family business' was behind pair of historic Guelph murders

'Settling family business' was behind pair of historic Guelph murders

'I’m going to settle this once and for all ... I’m sorry this had to happen, but this was the way it was,' murderer said in suicide note to police