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Memorable Manitobans: James Martin Hough (1873-1953)


Born in Stormont County, Ontario on 1 April 1873, son of William Hough and Martha Martin, he attended public school at Avonmore then the Belleville Business College. He moved to Manitoba and took a job as a clerk in a general store at Birtle, working there for a year before spending a year in Winnipeg, then returning to Birtle. In 1907, he and some partners (Daniel A. Wickware, Albert Summerfield, John Walley, and David Unrah Hough) bought the store and operated it under the name of Hough Brothers & Wickware. On 14 August 1900, he married Jessie Gordon Huggins (1872-?) at Birtle. They had three sons: William Lloyd Hough (b 1901), Douglas Munroe Hough (b 1903), and James Gordon Hough (b 1912). He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, the Masons, and the Methodist Church. He served as a trustee on the Birtle School Board and for eleven years was County Clerk. In 1944 he retired from business and moved to Winnipeg where he died on 18 January 1953 and was buried in the Birtle Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“New companies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 October 1907, page 4.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1953, page 20.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 January 2015

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