An Expanding Business
The Diamond Bread Company began supplying local stores in 1903. Included among the stores supplied by the bread company were those of Ralph and John Braund; J. Mendell & Carlos S. Greene of Greene Brothers Grocery stores at 352 and 354 Charlotte, and, Nelson Routly’s store.
|Early employees of the Nelson Routly Store|
|Franklin Found||1907, 1909||Worker / Driver|
In 1906, the first of Nelson and Elizabeth’s five daughters was born. She was named Lillian May Routly, by her parents. Another daughter, Mildred was born two years later, in 1908 and she was followed by Lenore in 1912. In 1915, Muriel Routly was born and then Helen Frances in 1917. The last child born to Nelson and Elizabeth was a son they named, Earl Nelson Routly, born in 1922.
Robert Routly – Baker & Shoe Store Manager
All of Nelson’s brothers eventually followed him to Peterborough. Robert Routly, was the second of the boys who moved to Peterborough from the village of Brooklin, Ontario, where he had grown up. For a year, in 1901, Robert worked, as a clerk, for his brother and boarded at Nelson’s house, 392 Brock Street. In 1903, Robert worked for the Canada General Electric Company. Then in 1904, again following in his brother’s footsteps, Robert Routly started his own company. His business was a bakery located on the north east corner of Downie and Charlotte streets in Peterborough. His home was in a house at 357 King Street, a few blocks away.
A Wedding in Ashburnham Village
That same year, Robert married Ida Malinda Pearl Law, on 30 March 1904, at Peterborough. Ida was a daughter of David Law and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Sigsworth, a family who had settled in Ashburnham as early as 1871.
Robert continued running his bakery for the next four years. Arthur Thomas, Douglas Baptie and Gilbert Harris were among the original employees who worked at Robert’s Bakery. In 1908, Robert employed Wesley Boorman and Noble White as bakers in his shop. The following year saw a major change in Robert’s life. He gave up the bakery business. His new position was manager of the City Footwear Company at 350 Charlotte Street. He remained with the store for the next nine years.
Three children were born to Robert and Ida. Their first was a son, Robert Gerald, born in 1909. Another son, Ronald Frank was born in 1913 and a daughter, Doris Marie Routly was born in 1918.
Robert continued as the manager of the City Shoe Shop until his death occurred unexpectedly, in 1918. Robert’s wife, Ida Malinda Pearl (Law) Routly, died on 9 August 1964. They are both interred in Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough.