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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Adamson (1852-?)

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Born at Stanochy, Forfarshire, Scotland on 13 January 1852, son of David H. Adamson and Maria Torrance, after completing high school he spent five years articling with lawyer William Shires then he immigrated to Canada where he was employed from 1872 to 1880 as a cashier with the Toronto firms of Ogilvie and Company, and W. R. Brock. In 1880, he moved to Manitoba where he carried on a private banking business in Winnipeg for a year. In 1888, he established a private bank at Virden, the first such business west of Winnipeg. Two years later, he was appointed manager of the Commercial Bank of Manitoba when it established a branch at Virden. He served as the first Mayor of Virden, from 1890 to 1892, and the first President of the Board of Trade for the Rural Municipality of Dennis. On 21 June 1882, he married Effie Caldwell (?-?) of Lanark, Ontario, at Winnipeg , and they had three sons and three daughters.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 November 2019

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