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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Ann Kirton Good (1841-1932)


Born at the Red River Settlement on 1 December 1841, she brought home a maple sapling in 1857 and planted it near her house. She continued the practice of planting trees, including elms and maples, after she married James Good on 21 June 1860 and moved to the banks of the Assiniboine River in what is now the Wolseley district of Winnipeg. They built a house on the corner of Newman and Wolseley, and operated a market garden. She was reputed to have planted the famous Wolseley Elm. Another tree she planted, standing at 1175 Wolseley Avenue, is believed to mark one of the corners of the original Good property. She died at Woodlands on 4 January 1932.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: The Wolseley Elm (Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

Women of Red River by W. J. Healy (1923), pages 101-6.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Elaine Proctor for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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