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Memorable Manitobans: John Kelly Hill (1871-1934)


Born in Salem County, Ontario on 25 March 1871, son of Robert B. Hill and Mary Kelly, at a young age he came to Portage la Prairie with his family. In 1891, he moved to Qu’Appelle, North West Territories [now Saskatchewan] to operate a pharmacy. He returned to Portage in 1901 to establish a pharmacy in partnership with his brother, Andrew D. Hill (1880-1949). On 28 June 1899, he married Jenny Goodfellow Nixon Simpson (1874-?) at Portage la Prairie. They had four children: Frank Simpson Hill (b 1901), George Kelly Hill (b 1904), Edith Florine Hill (b 1905), and Clara McKay Hill (b 1908). He died at Portage la Prairie on 14 August 1934.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hill’s Drug Store (200 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie)


“Portage la Prairie,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 June 1891, page 5.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Andrew D. Hill funeral Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1949, page 24.

Portage la Prairie, 1870-1970 by Anne M. Collier, 1970, page 175-176.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2014

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