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Memorable Manitobans: George Henry Kelly (1860-1940)


Born at St. Germain, Cornwall, England on 29 August 1860, son of James Kelly, he emigrated to Canada at the age of 7 and settled at Glencoe, Ontario. He worked in mills before coming to Manitoba in 1879, where he operated an elevator at Brandon. He came to Winnipeg in 1881 and operated the Ogilvie Flour Mills. In 1886 he joined the Lake of the Woods Milling Company at Keewatin, Ontario as General Superintendent. While there he served for 16 years as Mayor of Keewatin. He rejoined the Ogilvie Flour Mills in 1912 as General Superintendent. After building a large mill at Medicine Hat, Alberta, he left the company in 1914 to establish the engineering firm of Kipp-Kelly, in partnership with Theodore Kipp. During the First World War, he was responsible for all flour purchasing for Allied governments. He retired from business in 1937. He was married twice. He had four daughters with his first wife, Emma Henrietta Williams (1861-1923): Annie M. Kelly (1882-?), Minnie Louise Kelly (1883-1925), Ethel May Kelly (1890-1965, wife of Arthur Lorne Woods), and Olive Winifred “Winnie” Kelly (1893-1974, wife of Stephen Gordon Brown). On 18 June 1932, he married Anna May Klym (1902-2005, later re-married to Rev. Byron C. R. Welch) and they had a son George Kelly. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 109 Ethelbert Street, on 29 November 1940 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kelly House (144 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Mrs. George Kelly], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 January 1923, page 2.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“George H. Kelly, noted milling engineer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 November 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Kelly leaves $64,947 estate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1941, page 20.

“Anna May Kelly is minister’s bride,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 October 1946, page 17.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Anna May Welch], Vancouver Sun, 16 December 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2019

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