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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Guinan (1856-1937)

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Click to enlargeBorn in Huron County, Ontario on 10 November 1856, son of Patrick and Annie Guinan, he moved with his family to North Dakota where they were among the early settlers of the Langdon district. He worked as a hotel proprietor at St. Thomas, North Dakota from 1881 to 1890. He served as a member of of the North Dakota Legislature from 1896 to 1900. He came to Manitoba in 1900, settling first at Elm Creek and later moving to Winnipeg. For many years, he was President of the Red River Loan & Land Company, during which time he helped to develop much of the suburb of St. James. He retired from business during the First World War.

In 1887, he married Annie Enright of North Dakota. They had five children: Anne Guinan, Ethel Guinan, Thomas Guinan, Stanley Guinan, and Lawrence Guinan. He was a member of the Adanac Club and the Catholic Club. Conservative. Roman Catholic. In 1911, he lived at 88 Langside Street, Winnipeg, later moving to 824 McMillan Avenue. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He died at St. Boniface, Manitoba on 2 May 1937 and was buried in St. Mary’s 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.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“T. Guinan, old-timer of Winnipeg, dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1937, page 5.

Page revised: 13 April 2010

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