Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Montgomery (1851-1914)
Born at South Lanark, Ontario on 23 February 1851, son of Oswald Montgomery and Mary Rothwell, he was educated at local public schools then commenced a career as a carriage manufacturer at Perth, Ontario. He came to Winnipeg in March 1876 and ran a carriage shop in partnership with his brother, Christopher C. Montgomery. The partnership was dissolved in April 1881 when he built the Winnipeg Hotel on Main Street. He sold it in 1904 then, in partnership with his brother Oswald Montgomery, he built the Queen’s Hotel at the corner of Portage Avenue and Notre Dame.
He was married twice, first to Martha King (1856-1907) of Ontario. They had five children, of which three lived to adulthood: Robert A. Montgomery (b 1877), Thomas Oswald Montgomery (b 1894), and William Rothwell Albert Montgomery (b 1896). In 1907, after the death of his first wife, he married Ella Tobin. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, AOCW, Conservative party, and the Anglican church.
In early 1914, in poor health, he moved to San Diego, California, where he died on 26 April 1914. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in St. John’s Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
Death registration [Martha Montgomery], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Hotelman dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 April 1914 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]
“Early day hotel owner of Winnipeg dead,” newspaper clipping dated 22 January 1926. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 May 2015