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Memorable Manitobans: William Ashburner “Caribou Bill” Anger (1893-1968)

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Community activist.

Born at London, England on 24 March 1893, he came to Manitoba in 1912 where he was the Circulation Manager of the Winnipeg Tribune until enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. In 1928, he moved to The Pas with Peter Galbraith to become the founding advertising manager of the Northern Mail, the first daily newspaper in northern Manitoba. He returned to Winnipeg in 1931 then went to Vancouver where he and a partner bicycled across Canada. During summer months, he operated a one-man museum out of his picturesque cabin at Cranberry Portage, moving to The Pas during winters. In recognition of his meritorious service to Manitoba, he was given a Golden Boy Award in 1960, shortly after his cabin was destroyed by a runaway vehicle. He died at The Pas on 26 November 1968 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Nucleus of city among recruits in latest lists,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 March 1916, page 12.

“Airways name agent at Cranberry Portage,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 July 1949, page 4.

“Car hits famed cabin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1960, page 3.

““Caribou Bill” laid to rest,” The Pas Herald, 4 December 1968, page 1.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 March 2018

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