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Memorable Manitobans: John Somerset Aikins (1850-1911)

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John Somerset Aikins
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Financier, MLA (1879-1883).

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John Somerset Aikins
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Born on 27 February 1850, eldest son of J. C. Aikins, he was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. He came west in 1875, taking up residence in Winnipeg in 1879. Later that year, he was elected to represent Rockwood in the Manitoba Legislature, serving a single term. He was a director of the Winnipeg General Hospital, and a member of the real estate firm of Aikins and Montgomery, and Aikins and Pepler. In 1887, he married Abby Lemira Colby (1859-1943), daughter of the Hon. C. C. Colby, and they had two children: Carroll Aikins (1888-?) and Mary Aikins (1896-?). He was a founding member of the St. Charles Country Club. He died at Winnipeg on 5 May 1911 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“Free Press Necrology Files,” Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2018

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