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Memorable Manitobans: John Esterbrooke Botterell (1876-1924)

Grain broker.

Born at Montreal, Quebec in August 1876, son of Edmund Henry and Dorcas Amelia Botterell, he was educated at Merchiston Castle school. In 1898, he commenced his career in Montreal as Assistant Manager of the Canadian Fairbanks Company. He later moved to Vancouver to open a branch of the company there, then came to Winnipeg in 1906. Four years later, he became a grain merchant as a partner in the firm of Baird & Botterell. From 1919 to 1920, he was president of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange and, during the Winnipeg General Strike, he was a leading member of the Citizens’ Committee of 1,000. In 1903, he married Ethel Louise Armstrong of Montreal, daughter of L. O. Armstrong. They had four children: Edmund Henry “Harry” Botterell (1906-1997, son-in-law of S. P. Matheson), John Armstrong Botterell (b 1909), Mary Jocelyn Botterell (b 1912), and Hugh Botterell (b ?). He was a member of the Manitoba Club and the St. Charles Country Club. He died at his Winnipeg home on 28 March 1924 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Death comes suddenly to John E Botterell,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 March 1924, page 12.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Carol Sisson McLeod for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2014

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