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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Lisle Christie (1864-1934)

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Born at Kemptville, Grenville County, Ontario on 3 January 1864, son of Samuel Christie and Jane Blackburn, he was educated at the Ottawa Grammar School. He entered the book business in Ottawa with the firm of Uglow & McGiffin. He came to Manitoba in 1881 with the firm of A. C. Perry of Winnipeg. He went to Brandon in 1882 and was engaged in the book and stationery business until May 1885 when he opened Christie’s School Supplies. It has been said that prior to 1920, virtually every school textbook in western Canada passed through Christie’s shop.

He was married three times, first on 7 June 1887 to Delilah Wannacott (c1864-1889), second in June 1898 to Henrietta Aljomeed McNea (1875-1902), and third on 15 February 1905 to Marry Ann “Minnie” McNea (1873-1939). He had two daughters: Myral Belle Christie (1888-1965, wife of Albert Humphrey White) and Helen Aleith Christie (1900-1968). He was a member of the Brandon Town Council for two years. A Conservative in politics, he published the conservative-leaning Brandon Times from its inception in 1886 to 1905. Christie was a member of the Brandon Board of Trade, Masons, Brandon Country Club, and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.

He died at Brandon on 12 May 1934 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Christie House (404 Thirteenth Street, Brandon)

MHS Centennial Business: Christie’s Office Plus


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Christie-McNea,” Brandon Sun, 16 February 1905, page 11.

“E. Lisle Christie, Brandon business man, dies, age 70,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1934, page 3.

“Helen Christie killed in crash,” Brandon Sun, 23 July 1968, page 1.

We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 August 2021

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