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Memorable Manitobans: John Edgar McAllister (1867-1955)


Born at Eastham, Cheshire, England on 5 December 1867, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and operated a wholesale importing business for 57 years. On 12 November 1895, he married Caroline Ellen Norquay (1871-1960), daughter of John Norquay and niece of William Kennedy, at Winnipeg. They had two children: John Norquay McAllister (1896-1917) and Mary McAllister (1901-?). From 1908 to 1946, he owned the former Kennedy House overlooking the Red River, carrying out extensive renovations in 1922. He was a member of Christ Church and the Manitoba Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 752 Westminster Avenue, on 8 June 1955 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Captain William Kennedy House (417 River Road, RM of St. Andrews)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Winnipeg aviator accidentally killed,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 July 1917, page 5.

“Once local importer, J. E. McAllister dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1955, page 4.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2017

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