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Memorable Manitobans: James Miller Gilchrist (c1885-1971)

Grain merchant.

Born at Bradford, Pennsylvania around 1885, he later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana before coming to Winnipeg in 1914. He was associated with the western Canadian grain industry, working for the Home Grain Company and later the Searle Grain Company. He was married twice, first to Florence May Searle (1886-1944), daughter of A. L. Searle, with whom he had three children: James S. Gilchrist (b 1918), John McLean Gilchrist (b 1920), and Elizabeth Gilchrist. Their home at 1015 Wellington Crescent was designed by local architect A. E. Cubbidge. On 14 November 1949, he married widow Anna Stephenson Mackay (?-1975). He died at his Winnipeg home, 99 Wellington Crescent, on 23 October 1971 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gilchrist House (1015 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Society,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1938, page 11.

Death registration [Florence May Gilchrist], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. James Gilchrist dies on Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1944, page 5.

“Mrs. Anna Mackay wed quietly to James M. Gilchrist,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1949, page 15.

Obituary [Anna Stephenson], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1969, page 34.

“Prominent grain merchant dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1971, page 3.

Obituary [Mrs. J. M. Gilchrist], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1975, page 36.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 December 2018

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