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Memorable Manitobans: James Robert Gowler (1858-1920)

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James Robert Gowler
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Grocer, municipal official.

Born at Headingley on 19 June 1858, son of Oliver Gowler and Mary Braybrook Gowler, he was educated at Headingley. He came to Winnipeg in 1880 and commenced a grocery business in 1886, from which he retired in 1917. He spent his retirement managing farms which he owned. He served as a Winnipeg City Alderman from 1906 to 1912. In 1879, he married Margaret McLennan of Headingley. They had two sons and four daughters. He was a member of the COF, Liberal party, and Methodist church. An avid curler, he was president of the Thistle Curling Club. He died at his Winnipeg residence on 19 December 1920, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


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.

“J. R. Gowler Is death victim,” newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“Ex-Ald. Gowler’s death due to heart disease,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1920, page 7.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2016

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