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Memorable Manitobans: William George Nicholls (1848-1932)

Banker, accountant.

Born at Dublin, Ireland on 18 September 1848, he came to Winnipeg and opened a branch of Molson’s Bank in January 1891, resigning in 1894 to work as an accountant. He and wife Jessie Elizabeth Ranney (1851-1936) had three daughters: Olive Meredith Nicholls (1879-1960, wife of John Howard Toynbee Falk), Donna Louise Nicholls (1888-1988, wife of Francis Norlande Ruttan), and Lorna Nicholls (1894-1989, wife of Walter Rothwell Hudson). He was one of the founders of the Winnipeg Canoe Club (1893). He died at Winnipeg on 15 December 1932 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1932, page 6.

“Winnipeg Canoe Club celebrates 50th year,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 June 1942, page 5.

Obituary [Donna Louise Ruttan], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1988, page 33.

Obituary [Lorna Hudson], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1989, page 41.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 December 2016

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