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Memorable Manitobans: George Frederick Gow (1835-1911)

Businessman, farmer, hotelier, Indian agent.

Born at Portsmouth, England on 10 July 1835. At the age of seventeen he accompanied his family to Canada West from Ireland, where he had spent his childhood. He was married, and had six children. In 1878 the Conservative Government appointed him Indian Agent at Winnipeg but he resigned the position within a few months to become proprietor of the Morris House at Morris, Manitoba, where he combined farming with his hotel business for fifteen years. He moved to Estevan, Saskatchewan and was engaged in the coal business there for twelve years. He then returned to Winnipeg, operating a real estate and insurance business until his retirement. He died at Winnipeg on 15 April 1911 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

“George Gow dead”, undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2010

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