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Memorable Manitobans: William Robert Garson (1903-1942)


Born at Winnipeg on 10 August 1903, son of William Corston Garson and Margaret Annable (1868-1933), younger brother of Stuart Sinclair Garson, he attended public school in Winnipeg then graduated from the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Law School. After being called to the Manitoba Bar in 1925, he practiced law at Ashern in partnership with his brother. He served several terms on the Ashern School Board and was municipal administrator of the Rural Municipality of Woodlea from 1931 to 1942. He married Carrie Mowbray Bragg (1909-2001) and they had two sons, Graeme Stuart Garson and Ian Garson. He was a member of the Masons (Manitouwapa Lodge). He died of a heart attack on 1 March 1942 at his home in Ashern. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. W. Garson, of Ashern, dies at age of 56,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 November 1933, page 2.

“W. R. Garson dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 March 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 110]

Obituary [Carrie M. Garson], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 2001.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2019

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