Chapter 9 – 1915 – The McCutcheon Brothers Arrest and Conspiracy Trial

1915 – The McCutcheon Brothers Arrest and Conspiracy Trial 


The following story I have pieced together from 38 newspaper articles found in the “Manitoba Free Press”.  This is an incomplete series of newspaper articles that do not cover the entire trial.  They were reprinted from the “Toronto Star”.  These articles, when read independently of one another, are almost impossible to decipher and follow.  Only once the information was coordinated and compiled in some sort of orderly fashion, did the story make a bit of sense.  Still, there are some very large gaps of logic in the story that need filling.

The McCutcheons Brothers net worth by 1912 was estimated to be about $4,000,000.  A sizable sum of money in those days.

The following article says:  “SKETCH OF McCUTCHEONS:  — Parker’s Who’s Who gives sketches of the lives of the McCutcheons.  David S. and Gordon Duglas Hector Melburne McCutcheon are sons of Samuel and Emily McCutcheon.  Both were born at Shelburne, Ontario, the former in 1879 and the latter in 1887.  Both entered into the real estate business, although David S. is a druggist, commencing business in Grand Valley, Ontario and going to Calgary in 1906.  He later on married Muriel MacPherson of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. 

Gordon Duglas was bookkeeper in the Toronto World for some time, but in 1905 went into the real estate business in Calgary.  One year later he came to Winnipeg and established the firm McCutcheon Brothers Limited, leaving here a year ago.  Among their many companies were the Camrose Security Company, the Saskatchewan Development Company, and the Camrose Development Company with offices in the Douglas block. “

Gordon, David, Charles [sic], Joseph McCutcheon were well known in Winnipeg.  Their office here was maintained for several years at 447 Main Street, where they did a true land office business.  Much of the property which they sold had a real value and the business was to this extent quite legitimate.  Certain subdivisions which were put on the market by them were regarded as very questionable at the time by conservative real estate men, but in the optimism of the boom period very few questions were asked, and it was in fact uncertain how some of these propositions might turn out, and the McCutcheons always professed the firmest faith that investors would reap a rich harvest from these purchases.  More latterly in the career of this firm there were reports of deliberate wild-catting, and the selling of properties from which very little could be hoped for in the way of returns.  Whether these reports can be substantiated or not will remain for the courts to decide.

The company ran ads in various western newspapers for many years advertising real estate opportunities.

All though there were allegedly 40 or more sub-divisions, I have found the following land speculation parcels:

a)     1/2 section of land (320 acres) called St. James Park in Swift Current, SK; purchase price $80,000.  This property comprised 3 syndicates:  Hull Investors; Atlas Investors; St James Investors.

b)     Mayfair Property, Edmonton, AB;

c)      Elbow Park, Calgary, AB consisting of 15,000 lots;

d)     Melfort Property and Mount Pleasant sub-division in Prince Albert, SK; ½ section of land (320 acres) purchased for $61,000. ¼ Section under Melfort Syndicate; ¼ section to Beaver Investors.

e)      Bonlbcen Investors consisting of 80 acres called Windsor Park in Moose Jaw, SK;

f)        Cousins and Sissons subdivisions in Medicine Hat, AB; purchase price $30,000.

g)     Property in Weyburn, SK;

h)      Great Falls, Montana;

i)        160 acres called Connaught Park near the Town of Athabasca Landing, AB;  purchased for $61,000.

j)        West Mirror, and Kensington Property, Regina, SK;  Kensington Property was 320 acres.

k)      Victoria, BC;

l)        Highland Park;

m)    Braemar Property – where they were located is not stipulated.

n)      Brockville Investors bought 80 Acres outside of Edmonton. AB.

o)     Kingsway

p)     Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

In all, they were involved in about 40 subdivisions across 5 Provinces and one State.  Syndicates were then formed with many shareholders for each of the properties.  In some cases, more than one syndicate was formed for the same venture because McCutcheon Brothers had too many investors for one syndicate to handle.

All of the properties were purchased during a buoyant real estate market. 

However, calamity befell David and 3 of his brothers in the evening of 15th January 1915 when arrests of a startling nature in the business world occurred when the Toronto police took into custody Gordon D. McCutcheon, 35 Lonsdale Road, [Toronto] vice-president of McCutcheon Brothers Limited, one of the largest real estate firms operating in the Dominion during the past ten years.

While the local police were raiding the Toronto office of the firm in the Kent building and arresting its manager, the police of Calgary, at the request of Inspector Kennedy of the Toronto police, arrested David S. McCutcheon, Charles [sic] M. McCutcheon, Joseph N. McCutcheon and Marshall E. Cooke.  The McCutcheon brothers are understood to have come from the United States during the western real estate boom.

The charge – Conspiracy to Defraud the Public.  A new charge of theft was initiated on the 11th January 1916 against all 4 brothers.  This new charge stated that in August, September and October 1913 they stole sums of money amounting to $39,000, being monies received from an English syndicate.  In total, five indictments were drawn against the McCutcheon Brothers: theft, conspiracy, false pretences, defrauding the public, using false documents.  One of the indictments, using false pretences, stated that the McCutcheons were overinflating the purchase price of certain properties.

Of the several pieces of physical evidence submitted by the crown, the company’s accounting ledgers and financial statements were seized and put forward as evidence.  The other one was an advertising pamphlet that their Real Estate company produced to give to prospective clients.  The rest were letters and documents produced by Ambrose Kenneth Goodman, KC.  Other pieces of “documentation” presented as evidence were newspaper advertisements in the “Globe.”

1915: 30th April an extra charge was brought against Clarence McCutcheon and S.O. Mitchell when they “attempted to do bodily harm” to Ambrose K. Goodman, KC.

Colonel Sanders, the police magistrate of Calgary, refused bail to the McCutcheons and Cook, holding that he had no power to grant it as they were arrested under the Ontario warrant.  They will accordingly be detained in the local police station until the arrival of officers from Toronto.  Their local friends are indignant at the treatment accorded the McCutcheons and will complain to the attorney-general.”  The 3 Calgary brothers were finally released from jail on the 17th January on $5,000 bail each.  They spent 2 days locked behind bars.

From the time of their arrest in January 1915 until the end of the trial on the 15th March 1916, a total of 14 months transpired.  The trial was scheduled to begin on the 2nd February 1915 and it ran on and off for the next 13 months, suffering many delays.  The trial ran for over 35 days in court, being the longest trial in Canadian history until that point.  58 witnesses were called for the crown, 12 for the defence.  456 exhibits were presented before the jury and the trial was estimated to cost $50,000.

The trial involved some famous people and some villains:

1)      A no-nonsense Judge Middleton: At the preliminary hearing on the 12th February 1915, the judge remarked: “It looks as though this whole business consists of bogus sales, an endless chain forming a company to buy a property, only in order to raise the price of it, finally selling it at an inflated price to the final party.  The evidence shows a vigorous fraud over the county from end to end.  I want to know all about it.  If there is enough evidence to bring others in why shouldn’t they be brought in?”

As late as the 26th February 1916, when Dewart maintained that the crown made no case against Clarence, the Justice remarked, “At the present time, I am very much against you.” 

It was not looking good for the McCutcheons.

However, by the 18th January 1916, the crown stated: “They were always investing or speculating away ahead of the money they had in hand.  The crown is not going to hold these men responsible for the atmosphere that was created in the North-west in 1911.”

By the 20th January 1916, Justice Middleton was getting frustrated as can be ascertained by his remarks:  “I cannot understand the case and I am sure the jury is in such a condition that they don’t know anything about it.  They have to rely upon their memories when 50 or 60 names are mentioned, names which convey nothing. You must remember that the case has to be finished within the lives of 13 living men.”

Justice Middleton kept complaining that that Davidson’s questions were “not intelligible.”

Middleton said a few days later:  “I would like to understand the case.  You [referring to Davidson] who are on the inside should ask the questions so that I can understand them.” 

Finally, towards the end of the trial, Davidson began reading into evidence from their advertising pamphlet: “Edmonton is the reward of Edmonton’s successful businessmen…” which the judge totally dismissed as nothing but “Boom Literature.”

2)      An un-organized Crown Prosecutor; N. F. Davidson bungled the crown’s case, such as it was.  He didn’t present the evidence in a chronological order.  He introduced evidence that spanned several years, but in the same day, he put three witnesses on the stand to testify, first for a transaction in 1914, then leap backwards to 1911, and again forward to another date.

He did the same thing when putting forth documentation on their several properties.  He would put on a witness to testify about something from the Mayfair Property, then immediately following, bring out ledgers and a witness to talk about the Swift current Property.  It was a blessing for both the judge and the jury that the voluminous documentation from Great Falls, Montana never made it to court.

Upon trying to prove conspiracy, he asked of his own witness:  How the McCutcheon brothers came together to conspire.  “Do you refer to a family re-union or what?”  To which the crown prosecutor replied: “That’s what it came to be.” 

So there it was.  The conspiracy.  7 brothers conspiring over Christmas dinners!

3)      The villain:  A questionable Kings Council (KC) Ambrose Kenneth Goodman for the crown.  Goodman was put under comment many times by the defending counsels over the period of the trial.  So much so, that eventually he didn’t appear when he was scheduled to.

In September, October, November and December 1914, Goodman was already sending letters ahead of any charges or arrests being made.  He sent letters to investors. He sent letters to companies in Calgary, asking how much they would charge to evaluate properties all across the country and how much they would charge to testify in court.  McMurchy was the so-called property appraiser.  McMurchy deliberately appraised the properties very low without actually viewing many of the properties.  Much lower in fact than what the McCutcheon Brothers had actually paid for the properties.

John W. McMurchy, (an expert evaluator) a witness for the crown in trial of the McCutcheon Case, said that:  “Connaught Park and other property were worth $2500 to $3000 dollars as farm land.  It was listed at $64,900.  Connaught Park Annexe, he thought, was worth $3,200 dollars…”

The ledgers of the McCutcheon Brothers company proved that they paid $80,000 for the 320 acres that comprised St James Park in Swift Current, SK. There were many such other entries, showing the purchase price of the many properties that were purchased.

4)      High profile defense lawyer, Herbert Hartley Dewart (KC) who eventually became leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in 1919.  Amongst his many achievements that he listed on his resume was his successful defence of the McCutcheon Brothers.  Initially he represented Clarence and Joseph McCutcheon.

5)      Defense lawyer, I. F. Hellmuth was the “street fighter attorney for the underdog”. It was Hellmuth’s’s caustic barb’s that finally caused the Judge to erect a screen between the opposing benches.

At the trial on the 4th March 1916, Hellmuth made a remark directed toward the crown prosecutor and looked at him.  To which Davidson remarked: “Every time Mr. Hellmuth mentions the Crown he casts a disdainful look upon me.  I resent it.”

Hellmuth called the crown’s charges three-fifths moonshine.  He said that the McCutcheon’s believed in the west and had made money.  If they had pulled out when they should have, they would have been all right.  They put in every dollar they got and the ship went down, taking the captain, the mate and his crew with it.

6)      Defence lawyers S. Corley and J. Russell Snow for Gordon McCutcheon.

7)      Defence lawyers M. A. Secord and Mervyn McDonald for David McCutcheon and Marshall Cook.

8)      The defendants:  David S. McCutcheon, Joseph Herbert McCutcheon, Clarence M. McCutcheon, Gordon Duglas McCutcheon, and their assistant, Marshall Cooke.  The other three were brothers who involved in the company were Samuel Edgar (Norman) McCutcheon, Robert Leonard McCutcheon and William Charles McCutcheon.  To what capacity the 2 latter brothers were in is not known.  However, Norman went on to become a successful realtor/broker individually in Edmonton until his death in 1965.

1916;  on the 26th January during the trial, when Goodman did not appear as scheduled to identify certain documents, Dewart for the defence quipped to the judge: “that he was in the chamber of horrors where the crown keeps its exhibits.”  Another lawyer from the crown attorney’s office was called to the stand instead.  Dewart asked him: “Have you seen Mr. Goodman hovering around the police court?”  To which the crown attorney replied “I have not.”

The crown counsel, Davidson KC, admitted that the crown acted irregularly when they took a short cut to get information from Ambrose K. Goodman, KC. of the law firm of Goodman and Galbraith.  Goodman was “retained” by the Attorney-General’s office to collect evidence after the arrest of the 4 brothers.  Goodman should have been first subpoenaed and brought before the police court instead of simply approaching Goodman and asking for information on McCutcheon Brothers.

The defense counsel for the McCutcheons vigorously opposed the position of Toronto Lawyer, Ambrose K. Goodman, former solicitor for the McCutcheons, who was now associate counsel for the crown.  Judge Middleton did state that “Mr. Goodman might find himself in a perilous position.”

Goodman, KC, began business with the McCutcheon Brothers firm on the 13th October 1911.   A syndicate was formed called the Athabasca Development Company, incorporated as the “Toronto Alberta Company.”  A man by the name of MacFarlane and Goodman both put in $1,000 and subscribed for $2,000 in stock.  Gordon McCutcheon put in $800 and $2,000 in stock.  Goodman was made a trustee of the Athabasca Development Company and shortly thereafter received a dividend of $11,500.  Goodman now owned a portion of this company or syndicate.

“Would it be perfectly fair to say that you were practically a dummy director, doing whatever Goodman wanted?”  Hellmuth, KC, counsel for the defense asked of a witness by the name of Arthur Hull, an electrical engineer and a shareholder of the Athabasca Development Company.  He replied: “I depended to a great extent on Mr. Goodman.”

He testified that the shareholders of this company were: Gordon McCutcheon, Ambrose K. Goodman, G.M. Galbraith, himself, Hull and W.M. Amos.  Hull was next asked the question:  “Do you ever remember a time when Goodman, Galbraith and yourself were NOT a majority on the board of directors?”  Hull answered: “I cannot.”

The next question he was asked was: “Did you know that Goodman had purchased lots that would have brought $8,200 into the company and that after the price of land dropped in the west he induced the company to re-purchase the lots so that he could get out of it?”

He answered:  “No.”

Goodman had claimed commission to the extent of 25% on $14,125 of subscription money put up by various Athabasca Development Company properties and other syndicates. A memorandum was produced in court setting out the sums of money invested by various persons and in each case either Goodman’s or his law partner, Galbraith’s, name appeared after each name.  Although Goodman denied this, (Goodman claimed that was money owed to his clients) it appeared that he and his law partner were indeed bringing or advising clients to invest their money in the McCutcheon Brothers Syndicates and being paid handsomely for it or he was using his client’s trust money to gamble on real estate in his own name and was trying to cover it up later, when he was in peril of losing their money.

It is understandable why Goodman avoided the witness stand whenever he could.

And it seems that, in the latter part of 1914, he began a campaign to defame his former clients, the McCutcheons, by assembling some small investors to bear witness against them at a bogus trial with an all too willing Crown Prosecutor, Davidson, who appears to have fallen asleep in the back of his law classes.

Hellmuth had this to say of Goodman: “Mr. Justice, we allege that there is a conspiracy on the part of the crown to manufacture evidence by the falsification of minutes and to load witnesses up with complaints.  I do not mean Mr. Davidson and Mr. Shaver (Davidson’s helper).”

in 1912 Goodman met David McCutcheon in England.  They were in England trying to raise money for their project in Great Falls, Montana.  One of the witnesses at the trial said that the English investors were so eager for this investment that more money was offered in one syndicate than there was room for so the McCutcheons had to form another syndicate just to accommodate them.

Council Crest Investments owned three properties:  Mayfair property in Edmonton, an acreage in Moose Jaw, and Elbow Park in Calgary.  McCutcheons were the acting broker on the sale of lots from these subdivided properties.  The selling price for the lots was to be $120 per lot.  In 1913 Goodman approached the McCutcheons with an offer to purchase 400 of the lots at $90 per lot and the McCutcheon’s accepted his offer, taking $22,000 down payment.

From the information gathered from 38 newspaper articles, it appears that the McCutcheons brought 2 actions against Goodman; one for the non-payment for the remainder of the 400 lots that he purchased in the Mayfair Property in Edmonton and the other was for his purchase of an interest in Council Crest Limited.

Goodman never made any more payments for the lots so the McCutcheons hired D’Arcy McGee, barrister from Ottawa.  He started an action on behalf of the McCutcheons against Goodman to force him to make payments on his purchase of the 400 lots.

Sometime in 1914, a law suit by the McCutcheons was pending against Goodman to make him liable for $10,000.  Marshall Cook, one of the witnesses on the stand at the trial, asserted that, at a meeting in December 1914 between David McCutcheon and Goodman, Goodman made a statement to the effect “that if McCutcheon pressed forward with the law suit, that he (Goodman) and Saturday Night would make trouble for the McCutcheons”.

There was clearly a conflict of interest involving Goodman.  Goodman was the trustee for Council Crest Investors.  Goodman submitted to the crown what he said was the original agreement between himself and Council Crest Limited.  In the agreement that he submitted, his name appeared along with investors that he was allegedly representing.  His agreement stated that “the purchase price of the property in question would be $50,000 of which $25,000 was payable on the date of signing (30th April 1913) and the balance owing in 15 months.

Dewart KC, counsel for the defense, submitted the “true” original agreement.  On the defense’s document, Goodman’s name appeared alone and the purchase price of the property in question was $16,000 with a cash payment of $15,000 upon signing (30th April 1913) and the balance owing in 15 months.

At the trial there were other minor witnesses who came forward, claiming that they were defrauded of money.  There was the widow Mrs. Sears who invested $500 in Moose Jaw.  There was a Dr. Weaver who invested $500 in the Mayfair Property in Edmonton.   A. C. Wise who put up $1,000 into the property in Great Falls, Montana.  Coulter, Armstrong and Travis had invested about the same amounts in Mayfair.  In 1913, an English company invested $39,000 in several syndicates.

Then there was Dr. McKibbon from Shelburne, Ontario who only answered questions with a question.  When asked, “Do you know that the Windsor Park Property could not be legally registered because part of it was under water?”  He replied, “What swindle cannot be perpetrated in the West?”  Coincidentally, McKibbon hired Goodman on the 12th August 1914 to take action against the McCutcheons.

All of these investments, made by the complainants (plaintiff),  were made when the market was already heading south sometime in the latter part of  1913 and early 1914 and when they asked to get their money back, lots were no longer selling so there was no more money to pay them out. And World War 1 had just begun which didn’t help the real estate market.  The market softened drastically.   Instead, the McCutcheons offered them lots in lieu of cash.

In 1912 the outlook for the real estate market in the west was very optimistic. The following people, who testified at the trial, were the early investors with McCutcheon Brothers Ltd.  Their stories painted a much different and truer picture of the integrity of the McCutcheons.

At the trial were the other stories that came out.  W. A. Snider, former mayor of Swift Current testified about profits made in that town:  “He had bought one property for $783 [and] sold it for $12,500, bought it again for $19,000, and finally turned it over [again] for $40,000.  A lot bought by a man (who sold butter and eggs) for 70 cents a foot had sold at $600 a foot.  He had many other tales of quick profits but said the McCutcheons owed him $45,000. “Gambling in land,” he declared, “was done by people separately, collectively and consecutively, and every way.”

Another person E. J. Wigle, a farmer and horse-breeder in Calgary, stated:  “He made large profits by investing in property offered by the McCutcheon syndicate.  He said he was a large purchaser in Council Crest, and had induced several other people to buy lots in this subdivision.  He declared that he had never known the McCutcheons to misrepresent conditions.  The failure of the syndicates to make good was due to [the] depression from bad crops and the war, he said, and was not because of any fault of the McCutcheons.”

Stories of remarkable profits were told by Marshall Cook at the morning sitting of 9th February 1915.  In one instance he had put in $500 and had received as his first dividend $6,750.  In another syndicates he made 300 per cent profit; in another 150 percent [profit]; and in two others over 100 per cent [profit].  The other shareholders in these syndicates, he said, benefited to the same extent.

On the 29th February 1916, the conspiracy charges against Clarence McCutcheon were eliminated, the crown failing to prove its case.

By the 1st March, the conspiracy charge against David McCutcheon was announced by the crown as “no case on the conspiracy” charge and since a conspiracy requires more than one person, Gordon McCutcheon was automatically set free of the same charge.  There was nothing to show “joint action.”

With only 2 counts left, at the close of the sixth week of the trial, the defense produced its witnesses.  The defense lawyers did a much more orderly and thorough job of explaining the company’s ledgers to the jury.  Finally, during the midpoint of the 7th week, the jury retired to try and assimilate all of the information.

On the 10th March 1916, the criminal assizes jury deliberated for 27 hours and 35 minutes, returning a verdict “not guilty.”  All four brothers were released on reduced bail. The other five indictments were all withdrawn on the 15th March 1916 as the evidence was the same.

Toronto, Ontario, March 10, 1916 — The verdict in the McCutcheon case, which has been before the courts in Toronto since January 19th, when the trial was resumed, was rendered yesterday.  By it the accused were freed from the charge of conspiracy, the finding of the jury being favourable to them.

In this matter, which will probably become somewhat historic in connection with the real estate business in this Dominion, four McCutcheon brothers, namely Gordon Duglas, Clarence Melford, David S., and later, Joseph Herbert, who had operated very largely in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary, with connections in many other cities, were, along with Marshall Cook, arraigned on five charges of conspiracy, one of those being that in August, September and October, 1913, they misappropriated $39,000, money received from an English syndicate.

The verdict in this case will probably be approved [of] by a large number of Canadians.  It is no doubt true that a good many people lost money through the activities of the McCutcheons, and it is very probable that some of the agents of the concern, if not members of the company, were not quite accurate in some of their statements and predictions.  It is also possible that the book keeping system was not perfect and that money was not always kept in the proper accounts.

It must, however, be remembered that everybody who participated in the great real estate speculation, which prevailed for so long a time in this country, was engaged in a vast gambling transaction.  They expected to get enormous profits and, in many cases, fortunes were accumulated and are still retained.

In other cases there were corresponding losses, and it was one of the rules of the game that the losers should not complain.

In any case the McCutcheons have already paid a high price for any mistakes they may have made or any misdemeanour they may have committed.  Litigation with reference to this and countless other western land deals of the boom period may be continued for many years.

It would however, be a pleasant thing if this unhappy time in the history of this country could now be forgotten, while citizens devote themselves to its development along better lines. 

CONCLUSION:  The above article was dated 10th March 1916 and was the opinion of the writer who probably worked for the Toronto Star.

In truth, the 7 McCutcheon Brothers who were involved with the McCutcheon Brothers Real Estate Company, were young, articulate, entrepreneurs; visionary thinkers well ahead of their time.  One remark printed by the Manitoba free Press on the 18th January 1915 “certain subdivisions which were put on the market by them were regarded as very questionable at the time by conservative real estate men” was a very typical comment of the narrow-mindedness that exists with  in the circumference of most conformists minds.

The McCutcheons came forward and acted according to the regulations of the time.  Up to 1912, it was possible to sell lots from a plan before it was registered.  Nothing wrong with that.  They always disclosed when they owned the property. Nothing wrong with that either. When the market went sour and they were in danger of foreclosures, they offered to some of investors other lots in lieu of money.  Nothing wrong with that.

There were the next generation “new pioneers”.

The McCutcheons were guilty of sloppy book keeping.  Their optimism kept them in the game of real estate rather than divesting themselves of their properties when they should have.

In the end, they were financially ruined and had to start all over again, in a similar position as their accusers.

And what about Goodman?  No charges were ever brought against him and he was never made accountable for his questionable behaviour.

NOTE:  All of the above information relating to this trial was gleaned from 38 newspaper articles taken from the Manitoba Free Press.  They in turn, re-printed them from the Toronto Star.  Trial transcripts have not been viewed.  Accuracy may be questionable.

Article taken from : Who’s Who and Why – written 1913 – published 1916:
Page 59.

 Author:  C. W. Parker:

Title: NORTHERN WHO’S WHO; a biographical dictionary of men and women;

Copyrighted 1916 Dr. C.W. PARKER

A Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women of: WHO’S WHO AND WHY:

Especially compiled for Newspaper and Library Reference. VOLUME1 1-9-1-6:

Edited by Dr. C.W. Parker

1.    McCUTCHEON, Clarence M. — Of McCutcheon Brothers Ltd., Real Estate and Financial Brokers, 107 – 8th Avenue West, Calgary. Born Shelburne, Ontario on the 19th April 1889, son of Samuel and Emily McCutcheon.   Educated public schools, Shelburne and Grand Valley, Ontario. Druggist, Grand Valley, Ontario – 1905 – 1906. Came to Calgary to engage present business in 1906.  Conservative;  Presbyterian.  Address: Graham Block, Calgary, Alberta.

2.  McCUTCHEON,David S. — Of McCutcheon Brothers Real Estate, 810- 2nd Street East,and McCutcheon & McGill, Druggists, 240 – 9th Avenue West, 801-  17th Avenue West, and 502-  8th Avenue East, Calgary.   Born Shelburne, Ontario on the 30th October 1879, son of Samuel and Emily McCutcheon. Educated Orangeville and Toronto. Druggist, Grand Valley, Ontario 1905.  Came to Alberta in 1906. Married Muriel Evangeline Macpherson, Moose Jaw; has one son. Recreation: Tennis, bowling. Address: 1703 – 1st Street East, Calgary, Alberta.

3.  McCUTCHEON, Gordon D. — Of McCutcheon Brothers Real Estate Brokers, 447 Main Street, Winnipeg.  Born Shelburne, Ontario on the 25th June 1887, son of Samuel and Emily McCutcheon. Educated public schools; Central Business College, Toronto. Bookkeeper, The World, Toronto, 1904; drug business, Calgary, 1905; came to Winnipeg, established present business, 1906. Manager, Camrose Security Company; Manager, Saskatchewan Development Company; Manager, Camrose Development Company.  Liberal; Presbyterian.  Address: 1201- V2 Fort Winnipeg, Manitoba.

4.  McCUTCHEON,J. E. — Of McCutcheon Brothers Real Estate Brokers, 621 – 1st Street, Edmonton, Alberta.  Born Shelburne, Ontario on the 27th June 1885, son of Samuel and Emily McCutcheon. Educated public schools, Shelburne. Established present business, Winnipeg, 1903; Gainsborough, Saskatchewan, 1905; Calgary, 1907; Edmonton, 1912. Presbyterian. Address: Edmonton, Alberta.

Page 121 of “The Calgary Alberta Merchants and Manufacturing Record” published by the Jennings Publishing Company (17,000 copies) in 1911.  Cost of publication was $2.00.

AUTHOR:  Angela Andrew.


2 thoughts on “Chapter 9 – 1915 – The McCutcheon Brothers Arrest and Conspiracy Trial

  1. Margaret says:

    These McCutcheon Brothers were my Grandmother’s Brothers. It is interesting reading about them.

  2. Angela Loppe says:

    Very interesting reading….

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