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Memorable Manitobans: John Evans Adamson (1859-1910)


Born at Clifden, Ireland, son of Rev. John Evans Adamson, he came to Manitoba with his brother, A. J. Adamson, in 1873 where they worked on crews surveying the southern area of the province. He eventually took up a homestead in the vicinity of Nelsonville, near the site where the Boundary Commission Trail forded the Pembina River, where he built a log store. It became the site of the Pembina Crossing post office with Arthur J. Moore as postmaster. Adamson renovated the building to provide lodging for travellers and it became known as Valley House. It was torn down after 1886 and Adamson sold his property to move into Nelsonville. In 1884 he married Anne Marie Dennis, daughter of J. S. Dennis. He later moved to Portland, Oregon, serving as chief of police prior to his death in 1910.


Reprint of Southern Manitoba and Turtle Mountain Country by L. O. Armstrong, annotated by Felix G. Kuehn, Winnipeg: Boundary Commission – North West Mounted Police Association, March 1991. [Archives of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2015

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