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Memorable Manitobans: James Black (1857-?)

Hardware merchant.

Born in Ross Township, Renfrew County, Ontario on 2 March 1857, son of George Black and Anna Grant, he left school at 15 and, for a year, was engaged in teaching. He then assisted his father in the lumber business and spent two winters in lumber camps before arriving in Manitoba in late 1879, when he began working as a carpenter. He also took up a homestead and developed it over time. In 1896 he moved to Minnedosa and worked for five years as a carpenter. Ultimately, he operated a hardware business at Minnedosa under the firm of Black Brothers.

On 20 October 1879, he married Mary Smith at Ross, Ontario. They had ten children: William G. Black (1881-1900), Mary E. Black, James S. Black, Anna M. Black, Irene E. Black, G. Mabel Black, Hazel H. Black, D. Nelson Black, Aylmer Black, and Walter Black. He was a Presbyterian, and was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2009

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