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MERSEREAU, GUYON ALEXANDER (1892-1965)

MERSEREAU, GUYON ALEXANDER, photographer and merchant; b. Chatham, 10 Oct 1892, s/o Jacob Young Mersereau and Florence Amelia Sayre Steeves; m. 1st, 1917, Lulu Marie Russell, d/o Everett Russell and Effie Jane Taylor, of Newcastle, and 2nd, 1923, Delphine E. Hallam Clarke, d/o Thomas Alexander Clarke and Annie Jane MacLeod; d. Newcastle, 12 Nov 1965.

Guyon A. Mersereau worked with his father in the photography business in Chatham and travelled about the Miramichi using a tent as a studio. In 1915, he opened a studio in Bathurst with which he remained associated for four years. In 1919, he went to New York, where he was engaged in photography with one of his brothers and earned extra money singing in vaudeville. He was back on the Miramichi in 1923 and took over the McLaughlin motor car agency in Chatham.

Around 1930, Mersereau opened a photography studio in Newcastle which he conducted from that time onward in combination with a stationery business and associated retail enterprises. He was a member, and later secretary, of the Newcastle School Board. He was a United Church elder, a Mason, and a member, as well as president for a year, of the Highland Society. Having a fine bass singing voice, he was a soloist with the church choir.

Mersereau was survived in 1965 by his second wife and children from both of his marriages.

Sources

[b] Bamford Genealogy [m] Advocate 25 Jan 1917; Leader 26 Oct 1923 [d] Leader 18 Nov 1965 / Hist. Highland Soc.; Leader 9 Mar 1923


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