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Memorable Manitobans: William Ferguson (1862-1936)

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William Ferguson
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Farmer, MLA (1900-1903), MLA (1908-1910), MLA (1911-1914).

Born at Smiths Falls, Ontario on 8 March 1862, he came penniless to Manitoba in 1882 with James Bolton and farmed near Hamiota.

Defeated as a Conservative candidate in the 1896 provincial general election, he was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature in December 1899, representing the Hamiota constituency, but was defeated at the 1903 general election. He was re-elected at the 1907 and 1910 general elections and served as Chairman of Public Accounts during his representation in the House. He ran again in the 1914 and 1920 general elections but was defeated each time by John McConnell.

He and wife Jessie Graham Sanderson (1869-1957) had five children: Harold Alvin Ferguson (1893-1980), Blanche Sanderson Ferguson (1896-1979, wife of James W. Ellinthorpe), Floyd Montague Ferguson (1902-1967), Nora I. Ferguson (1904-?), and Jessie Marion Ferguson (1907-1953). He committed suicide on the main street of Pincher Creek, Alberta on 29 October 1936.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

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.

“Ends life on street,” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 29 October 1936, page 1.

“Colorful Indian Pow-Wows held on Virden’s streets,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library scrapbook]

Obituary [Jessie Marion Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1953, page 28.

Obituary [Jessie Graham Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1957, page 26.

Obituary [Harold Alvin Ferguson], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1980, page 55.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank James Ellinthorpe and Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2020

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