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Memorable Manitobans: Walton Hyman (?-?)


A Canadian from London, Ontario, who settled in Red River in the summer of 1869, Hyman opened a tannery at Stinking River. (His father, Ellis Walton Hyman, was a leading Canadian entrepreneur who had begun as a tanner.) According to later accounts, Hyman was a spy for John Schultz, the leader of the Canadian Party. On 22 October 1869 he made an affidavit about the proposed Métis resistance, and he later joined the party in Schultz’s house that surrendered to Louis Riel in December. He tried to escape in January 1870, was recaptured, and was eventually released. His feet were frozen during the abortive escape, and he was removed from Fort Garry in a sleigh.

He opened a boot and shoe shop in Winnipeg in December 1870. In 1874 he built a small steamboat and operated it on the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. That same year he lost his right arm in a shooting accident and received the first patent granted to a Manitoban (for a pipe wrench). He may have been Winnipeg’s first Jewish resident.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

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