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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Nicholson (1867-1923)

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Edward Nicholson
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Wholesale merchant and broker.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 1 July 1867, son of John S. and Jane Nicholson, he was educated at Ottawa and came to Winnipeg in 1882. He established a wholesale grocery brokerage, later taking on Donald H. Bain as a partner in the firm of Nicholson & Bain. It eventually had branches in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Saskatoon. He sold his share in the business to his partner in 1917 and retired, spending much of his time in California and his cottage on Lake of the Woods.

On 19 June 1889, he married Madge Anna Ingo (1867-1940), daughter of Orlando O. Ingo and Mary Jane Ingo, at Winnipeg. They had two children: Mae Evelyn Nicholson (1891-1960; wife of Frederick Leo Bawlf, son of grain merchant Nicholas Bawlf) and Lionel Edward Nicholson). His nephew was Edward Ingo Dow. He was a member of the Commercial Travellers Club, St. Charles Country Club, AF & AM, IOF, Congregationalist church, and a founding member of the Carleton Club. His recreations included curling and motoring. In 1911, he lived at 408 Assiniboine Avenue, Winnipeg.

He died at Hollywood, California on 3 October 1923 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery at Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nicholson Building / Donald H. Bain Building (115 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)


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.

“Winnipeg loses pioneer broker: Many local citizens pay last respects to late Edward Nicholson,” newspaper clipping (source unknown) dated 9 October 1923. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration [Madge Anna Nicholson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 January 2020

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