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Memorable Manitobans: George Wallace Erb (1860-1952)

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George Wallace Erb
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Born at Preston, Ontario on 11 February 1860, son of Abraham Erb and Margaret Wallace, he became employed with the Watrous Engine Works Company in 1877 and came to Winnipeg as its bookkeeper in 1882. He was made General Manager the following year and held the position until retirement in 1932. On 5 December 1893, he was married to Fannie Henman Armel (1872-1943) of Ohio, at Toronto, Ontario. They had one daughter, Alleen Armel Erb (1894-?, wife of G. A. Goetchius) and their Winnipeg home was designed by architect Herbert B. Rugh. They had a second home at Washington, DC. He was a member of the St. Charles Country Club, Manitoba Club, and Knox United Church. He died at the Washington, DC residence of his daughter on 15 May 1952 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Erb House (412 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)


Marriage registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Mrs. G. W. Erb], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1943, page 4.

“Ex-engine works official dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1952, page 13.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 November 2019

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