Donald Guthrie (May 1840 – October was a Scottish-born Ontario lawyer and political figure built the Guthrie Estate - 19 acres of rolling landscape. Purchased by John Woodburn Langmuir and Dr. Lett, The Homewood Retreat was officially founded on May 1883
Jasper was a prominent businessman, a Provincial Land Surveyor who served on the town and county council and was elected Mayor of Guelph in 1877. It was a big year for Guelph, the 50th anniversary of its founding, and Jasper must have presided over many celebratory events. He was from 1871 to 1885 the proprietor of the conservative Guelph Herald newspaper, and under his tenure it went in 1872 from a weekly to a daily edition.