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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Samuel Alexander (1860-1898)

Banker, grain merchant.

Born at Truro, Nova Scotia in 1860, he came to Manitoba around 1884 and lived for several years at Winnipeg before relocating to Broadview, North West Territories (now Saskatchean). He returned to Manitoba and settled at Treherne where he opened a private bank and went into the grain business, operating grain elevators and warehouses at Rathwell and Treherne from the late 1880s to the 1890s. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 31 December 1898 as a result of an accident in the Canadian Pacific Railway yards and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. He was survived by a widow, Rachael Louisa Alexander (?-?).


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“R. S. Alexander is killed,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 January 1899, page 6.

Eleventh Annual Report of the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange, 11 January 1899, page 9. [Manitoba Legislative Library, HD9044, Win 1899]

“Have you an accident policy?,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1899, page 2.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 December 2017

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