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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald McLaren (1856-1918)

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Archibald McLaren
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Born at Perth, Ontario on 7 September 1856, son of Alexander McLaren, he homesteaded in the Pilot Mound district on coming to Manitoba in 1877. He moved to Winnipeg around 1880, and for 37 years was proprietor of various Winnipeg hotels—the Brunswick Hotel, Empire Hotel, Strathcona Hotel, and finally the McLaren Hotel, in partnership with his brother, Alexander S. McLaren. He was an active Mason and Shriner. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 16 January 1918 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Empire Hotel / Cauchon Block (171 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Strathcona Hotel / Cornwall Hotel (567 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McLaren Hotel (554 Main Street, Winnipeg)


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

“Archie M’Laren dies suddenly,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 January 1918, page 5.

Funeral notice, Manitoba Free Press, 19 January 1918, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 February 2017

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