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Memorable Manitobans: William James Lindsay (1854-1915)

Grain merchant.

Born at Waterloo, Quebec in May 1854, he came to Manitoba in 1880 and entered the grain business. At Brandon he was a partner with William Linton Parrish in the Manitoba Grain Company (Parrish & Lindsay). In 1909, he moved to Winnipeg and formed the Matheson-Lindsay Grain Company in partnership with Thomas Sutherland Matheson and George William Matheson. In 1912, he was appointed by the Grain Growers’ Grain Company as manager of its system of internal elevators leased from the Manitoba government. He died at his Winnipeg home, 93 Wellington Crescent, on 19 July 1915 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. His pallbearers were William Linton Parrish, William Lee Ball, Thomas Sutherland Matheson, Andrew Kelly, Ian Coultart, and Ed Phillips.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Elevator chief is appointed for system,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 August 1912, page 5.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 19 July 1915, page 12.

“W. J. Lindsay, widely known grain man, dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 July 1915, page 10.

“Lindsay funeral is held today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 July 1915, page 5.

“Mrs. Wm. J. Lindsay,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 May 1935, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 July 2020

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