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Memorable Manitobans: J. H. Matthews (1869-?)

Business manager.

Born at Erin, Ontario on 5 October 1869, son of William Matthews and Eliza Garrett, he apprenticed in his father’s harness shop until the age of 21 years, when he moved to Acton, Ontario and operated his own harness business until 1904, when he moved to Brandon, Manitoba and went into the jewelry business with W. H. Mallett for a year. Afterwards, he returned to the harness business by purchasing an interest in the Adams Brothers Wholesale Harness Company, changing its name to the Brandon Harness Company with himself as Manager. He opened retail harness shops at Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

On 2 October 1887, he married Annie Mallett at Park Hill, Ontario. They had a daughter, Hazel Matthews (wife of jeweler George F. Thompson). He was a member of the Lacross Club of Brandon.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2010

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