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Memorable Manitobans: William Ward Banning (1842-1885)

Lumber merchant.

Born at Wardsville, Ontario in 1842, he came to Winnipeg in 1871 where he founded the lumber business of Dick, Banning and Company in partnership with his father-in-law W. R. Dick. In 1868 he married Mary Banning. They had five children: William Ward Banning Jr. (1876-1899), Claude Percy Banning, Elmer Travers Banning (b 1880), Ethel Isabel Banning (b 1882, wife of J. H. Dunsheath), and Clarence Reginald Banning (1884). He was a founding member of Grace Church, a director of the Winnipeg General Hospital, and a member of the Winnipeg city council (1876). He died at Winnipeg on 14 June 1885 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Banning Street in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“W. W. Banning,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 June 1885, page 2.

“W. Banning murdered,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 July 1899, page 1.

Brookside Cemetery: A Celebration of Life, Volume 2, 1878-2004

Published by E. R. Publishing & Communications Ltd., Winnipeg, 2004
ISBN 0-973346-0-6 (paper)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 March 2015

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