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Memorable Manitobans: George “Geordie” Anderson (1907-1986)

Fur trader, merchant.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 21 April 1907, he came to Canada and began working for the Hudson’s Bay Company in June 1927. He left the company in 1931 and rejoined it in 1934. He held a variety of posts at Churchill, Fort Alexander, Little Grand Rapids, Tavane, Cochenour-Willans, Winnipeg, Pangnirtung, Red Lake, and Lake Harbour. He built and operated ham radios, serving as a radio operator during the Second World War. He resigned from the company in April 1952 and later lived at Inglis and operated a store at Pointe du Bois.

On 16 June 1938, he married Ida Irene Timlick (1910-2014) at Green Ridge and they subsequently had three children: Wendy Anderson (wife of James Bezan), George Anderson, and Margaret Anderson (wife of Ray Taplin). He served as the representative for Manitoba on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (1971-1973). He was a member of the Masons, Khartum Shriners, and Royal Canadian Legion.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 June 1986 and was buried in the Green Ridge Cemetery. A collection of his records are held at the Archives of Manitoba.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Historic site board appointee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1971, page 6.

“Pointe du Bois news,” Lac du Bonnet Leader, 4 May 1982, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1986, page 48.

Obituary [Irene Anderson], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2014.

Biographical profile, Archives of Manitoba.

George Anderson, FamilySearch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 April 2022

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