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Memorable Manitobans: Robert James Hosie (1866-1956)

Boiler maker.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 9 May 1866, son of James and Lizzie Hosie, he emigrated to Canada with his parents and was educated in the public schools of London, Ontario. He quit school at the age of 14 to apprentice as a boiler maker. He worked as a journeyman until he went into business for himself by founding, in the early 1900s, the Calladon Machine Boiler Works at Brandon. On 3 June 1889, he married Mary Jane Hughes (1867-1932) at London, Ontario. They had six children: Andrew John Hosie (1890-1972), Robert James Hosie (1891-1917), Arthur David Hosie (1893-1916), Walter Russell Hosie (1900-1980), Evelyn Noreen Hosie (1906-1995), and Gordon Wallace Hosie (1909-1945). The family resided at 2304 Rosser Avenue in Brandon. He died at North Bay, Ontario on 1 March 1956 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Cemetery transcriptions, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

We thank Kathy Van Dusen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 February 2020

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