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Archibald Hewitt "Hugh" Letson 

Archibald Hewitt "Hugh" Letson

Male 1904 - 1947

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  • Birth  May 1904  West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1911  Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1921  West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Laborer, Saw Mill 
    Religion  1921  West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Presbyterian 
    Misfortune  28 Dec 1947  West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    murdered 
    Letson Funeral - Elmira, ONtario
    Letson Funeral - Elmira, ONtario
    Funeral of 4 members of the same family Hugh, (Mary Ann Goodwin his wife), Wilson, Percy Letson brothers

    Image from Marion Roes
    Name  Archie Letson 
    Name  Hugh Letson 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-7570 
    Died  28 Dec 1947  West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Cause: shot - murdered 
    Buried  Winterbourne Pres. Cemetery, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I7570  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2017 

    Father  Joseph Letson,   b. 16 Oct 1868, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Rachel Redilia C. Pollock,   b. 19 Mar 1875, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F13870  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Ann Goodwin,   b. 1903,   d. 28 Dec 1947, West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F6076  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Five Die In West Montrose Quarrel; Letson Family Is Wiped Out In Waterloo County's Worst Shooting
      [Excerpts from article]


      A family was wiped out; a suicide committed and five are dead due to jealousy over an eighteen year old girl, Miss Eleanor Springer, in a family quarrel which started shortly after midnight Sunday morning last. The dead are: Hugh Letson, 45; his wife, Mary, 44; two brothers, Percy, 38 and Wilson, 43, and a cousin Walter (Pat) Letson. The entire Letson family was wiped out by gunfire by Pat Letson. On Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Letson, Wilson Letson and Eleanor Springer went to Kitchener and on the way home stopped at Bridgeport Hotel for beverages. Arriving home shortly after midnight the car was driven to the driving shed. As Wilson stepped out of the car he was blasted in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun in the hands of Pat Letson, according to the statement given to the coroner, Dr. LeRoy Wagner, Elmira, and the Provincial police. He died instantly and fell beside the car. Then followed a very heated argument which took them into the house. Shortly after two or three shots were reported as being fired, according to the only witness of the affair still alive, Eleanor Springer. It is believed both Mr. and Mrs. Letson were killed at this time and also Percy Letson. Sunday wore on before any hint of the shooting became known. No gunshots were heard by neighbors, there being a community wedding party which most attended, the night before. It was Elisha Pollock, 87, aged cousin, slightly blind and hard of hearing found Pat Letson, on the kitchen couch, and when he failed to awaken with repeated shaking, went to the neighbours to inform them Pat was dead. He failed to see the gunshot wound in the chest. He was accompanied back by Wilfred Heinbein [Heibein] and Robert Winfield who found Pat had been shot. Dr. LeRoy Wagner was then notified and went down to West Montrose to investigate.... Provincial police were notified by Dr. Wagner and the investigation got under way.... Sometime between three o'clock and seven, Pat Letson shot himself in the kitchen when he sent the aged Mr. Pollock to the barn to do some chores.1a

      1aElmira Signet, Thursday, January 1, 1948, pg 1

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      The three Letson brothers were sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Letson of Winterbourne, while the late Herman Letson, father of Pat Letson, was a native of West Montrose. Hugh Letson worked on his homestead farm in West Montrose. His brothers, Percy and Wilson, were employed at the Great West Felt Co. plant in Elmira, while Pat worked at the Link Belt factory in Elmira.

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      Great Many Attend Funeral of Letson's

      So many people attended the funeral of the Letson family held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., they overflowed the Dreisinger Funeral Chapel, filled the Furniture Store, where a public address system had been placed for those to hear the service who could not see it, and still made it necessary for about a hundred to wait outside the funeral home to witness the cortege. Rev. C. L. Mitchell conducted the service, and Rev. R. M. Metcalfe gave the sermon. Pall bearers, of which there were twelve, were: Floyd Goodwin, Bert Goodwin, Leroy Goodwin, Lorne Godwin, David Goodwin, Murray Fries, A. Schmermund, H. Conrod, J. Eckert, L. Letson, W. Letson and L. Eby. Burial of Walter (Pat) Letson was made at West Montrose Cemetery. Burial of Wilson, Percy, and Hugh and Mary Letson was made in one grave at the Winterbourne Cemetery.2a

      2aElmira Signet, Thursday, January 1, 1948

  • Sources 
    1. [S348] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1911, Div. 13 Page 7.

    2. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), January 1, 1948 - Five Die In West Montrose Quarrel; Letson Family Is Wipe Out In Waterloo County's Worst Shooting.

    3. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, SubDist. 18 Page 9.

    4. [S978] Funeral Home Records - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Dreisinger, LETSON, Hugh, West Montrose, December 28th, 45 years..

    5. [S417] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Winterbourne Presbyterian CC#4597.
      Letson/ Hugh - Mary

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - May 1904 - West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer, Saw Mill - 1921 - West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1921 - West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - murdered - 28 Dec 1947 - West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: shot - murdered - 28 Dec 1947 - West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Winterbourne Pres. Cemetery, Winterbourne, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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