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Memorable Manitobans: William James Cowan (1866-1924)

Click to enlargeFarmer, businessman.

Born in Prince Edward County, Ontario on 12 August 1866, son of James Cowan and Ellen Wilkins, he took up a homestead near Wakopa, Manitoba in 1882. He farmed until 1890 when he started a livery business and bought and sold horses. He also bred Clydesdale and Percheron horses. He served three terms as a councilor in the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain and two years on the council of the Town of Killarney. He married Addie Maxwell Gouldie on 11 January 1899. They had six children: Ruby Gladys Cowan, Sybil Cowan, James McIntosh Cowan (b 1905), Larson Cowan, John Cowan, and Glen Cowan. He was a member of the AF & AM (Killarney Lodge No. 50) and the COF. He died on 7 December 1924.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Valerie Bailey for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 July 2012

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