|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1838, Ireland|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1915|
New Castle County
John Guthrie, 76, whose death occurred suddenly during Sunday night at the home of his son, Thomas Guthrie, No. 1005 West Eighth Street, was one of the older citizens for whom the residents of Wilmington had the highest regard. Not only had he served the city in Council and as city treasurer but throughout his life he had been ever ready to lend aid to anything which promised development for Wilmington. In his personal dealings, man with man, he had been kind, considerate, and upright.
John Guthrie was born in Ireland, ran away from home when he was 15 years old and shipped as a cabin boy on a sailing ship. He became the owner and captain of a 3-master schooner which he sailed to America, bringing with him his mother, brother, and sister Margaret. First he went to Port Deposit, MD, where he traded to Baltimore. He then sold his ship, came to Wilmington with his sister Margaret, and opened a grocery store at Front Street and Maryland Avenue, which he owned and operated for many years. On May 23, 1865, John Guthrie became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
He was an ardent Democrat. His two terms in City Council were served as a member from the Tenth Ward. He served as city treasurer, an elected position, in 1879. For several years he had been superintendent of the county almshouse and of the Delaware State Hospital at Farnhurst. After retirement, he lived for several years with his son, at whose home he died.
John Guthrie was predeceased by his wife, who died in 1901. He is survived by the son, Thomas, another son, James, living in East Orange, N.J., and two daughters, Mary and Theresa. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon from the son's residence. Interment was made in Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery.
Ellen Devine Guthrie (1841 - 1901)*
Thomas Reardon Guthrie (1879 - 1965)*
Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery
New Castle County
Created by: J Fabryka
Record added: Jul 17, 2009
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