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Memorable Manitobans: James Belfry Henderson (1859-1934)

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Born at Hollen, Ontario on 22 January 1859, son of Walter and Johan Henderson, brother of J. C. Henderson, he moved to Harriston, Ontario, moving to Winnipeg in 1881. He operated a general store under the name of Logan & Henderson at Portage la Prairie and Strome & Henderson at Carberry between 1881 and 1886. He then went into the real estate business at Portage la Prairie. In 1902, he moved to Winnipeg where he established the Selkirk and Northern Land Company, with himself as Vice-President. He was also a Director of the Western Canada Realty Company, Canada West Securities Corporation, and Dominion American Land Company. In 1911, he was Manager and Director, First National Realty Company, Bank of Nova Scotia Building, Winnipeg. He owned land in the vacation of Minaki, Ontario and also land in west Winnipeg in partnership with Lendrum McMeans.

In 1884, he married Martha Ann Piesberry (1861-1927) at Harriston, Ontario. They had five daughters. Ruby Street in Winnipeg is named for one of his daughters. He served as Mayor of Carberry, Manitoba in 1891. He was proprietor of the Carberry News, the first newspaper published in Carberry, and President of the first Carberry Board of Trade. He was a member of the IOOF and AOUW. Recreation: motoring. Liberal. Presbyterian. In 1911, he lived at 277 River Avenue, Winnipeg.

He died of pneumonia at Winnipeg on 9 October 1934 and was buried in 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.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. B. Henderson is dead after long career in west”, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1934, page 11.

Page revised: 10 December 2009

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