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Memorable Manitobans: William John Garton (1856-1937)


Born at London, England on 22 April 1856, son of John and Frances Garton, he was educated at Church Missionary Institute, later serving as an Anglican cleric at Emerson, Gladstone, and Virden (1885, 1888-1893). In 1911, he was Canon of St. John’s Cathedral, Winnipeg, and Rector of St. Philip’s Norwood. In 1885, he married Laura Elizabeth Nash (1860-1951) of Ramsgate, England at St. Andrews-on-the-Red. They had three children: Maris Henry Garton, Frances Maud Garton, and Constance Elizabeth Garton. The family lived at 262 College Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a prominent member of the Masonic Order of Manitoba, having served various offices in the Grand Lodge, the last being that of Deputy Grand Master. He died at Selkirk on 26 January 1937 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, 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.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Rev. Matt Koovisk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2020

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