Rebecca H.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Red River Heritage Fair

Timothy Eaton - The Merchant Prince

My project is about Timothy Eaton and how he left a legacy for generations to comethrough starting the catalogue, which includes the house catalogue. His care for people shows in the quality of Eaton houses sold. God also blessed the Eaton company because of Timothy Eaton’s faith in Jesus Christ.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

My favorite thing is that Timothy Eaton loved God and was an honest merchant. This meant that he never sold tobacco, liqour, or playing cards in his store. Another thing I found interesting is that Timothy Eaton was the first Canadian to have set prices for his merchandise.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I have learned that when we trust God with everything we do, He will bless us, like he did for Timothy Eaton. Like Timothy Eaton, we also have the ability to influence the people around us, but we must choose whether it will be for good or bad. I have also learned that if we dare to dream, God does huge things through us.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

When Eaton houses were sold, there was a guarantee that Eaton's would pay you one dollar per knot found in their lumber. Now such quality is hard to come by. Today shopping is a also lot simpler than it was back then, because of the hard work that Timothy Eaton put into starting his business and the catalogue, which simplifed shopping for people living in cities and in the country.