Elaine Brett

Elaine Brett
Physical Description: 
Donated by Art Rhyno and Laurie Brett
c. 1915; Frances Elaine Brett was born on July 29, 1895, in Amherstburg, Ontario. She died on July 22, 1998, in Essex, Ontario, at the age of 102. Her family moved to Essex when she was 10 months old because her father, Richard Ruddy Brett, had just bought the Essex Free Press with a partner. Elaine’s first job was in 1916 with the Imperial Bank of Canada, and she was soon made Manager of the sub-branch in Cottam, for which she travelled back and forth on the WE&LS (Windsor, Essex and Lakeshore Railway), usually with a bag of money, a gun, and a young male helper (the bank assigned her the gun for protection and the helper for carrying everything). Elaine had particularly strong memories of the Saturdays when the farmers would cash their cheques from shipping livestock at the Cottam railway terminals, an activity that caused her to arrive back in Essex smelling of hogs. In 1929, the President of the Imperial Bank visited "E. Brett" at the Cottam branch and was shocked that a woman was running operations. Elaine was demoted immediately and she soon left the Imperial Bank to work for the Ford Motor Company's banking firm, Traders' Finance, which was located in the Guaranty Trust building in Windsor (now known as the Metropolitan building). The job made her a regular on WE&LS once more, this time travelling to Windsor, and she held this position till she married an WE&LS agent named Glenn Cascadden on Sept. 5, 1931. Glenn's father was a drover who collected hogs to deliver them to the Ruthven terminal and both Elaine and Glenn were active members of the Essex Retirees' Club in their final years where Elaine made highly regarded pumpkin pies for the monthly potluck dinners (Art Rhyno, May 2020); no .tiff file available
Brett, Frances Elaine
Cascadden, Frances Elaine
Bank Workers
Imperial Bank of Canada (Cottam)
Ford Motor Company of Canada (Windsor)
Office Workers
Essex County (Ontario)
Essex (Ontario)
Cottam (Ontario)
Windsor (Ontario)
Public Domain
Original in private collection