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Memorable Manitobans: James Bolton (1862-1950)

Blacksmith, police officer.

Born in Ontario on 26 October 1862, he came penniless to Manitoba in 1882 with William Ferguson. Arriving in Winnipeg he soon after moved to Virden where he worked as a blacksmith and stablekeeper for about 10 years before taking up the job of police chief. On 8 December 1887 he married Maggie McKinnon. They had a daughter, Lillian Bolton (b 1888). He served for 43 years as a policeman, retiring in 1939 and moving to Winnipeg. He died there on 26 July 1950 and was returned to Virden for burial.

Sources:

“Colorful Indian Pow-Wows Held on Virden’s Streets”, Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook]

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1950.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2009

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