Memorable Manitobans: James Stewart Nicholson [Nicolson] (1854-1898)
Born in Quebec in 1854, son of Kutosof Nicholson and Louisa McNaughton, he attended military college at Montreal then ran a general store at Valleyfield, in partnership with his brother, until 1882 when he came to Winnipeg. In the fall of that year, he formed a partnership with Robert Strachan and Charles H. McNaughton, under the name of the Arctic Ice Company. In 1884, Strachan withdrew from the company. In 1901, it merged with the Bricker Ice Company and the Northern Ice Company, carrying on as the Arctic Ice Company.
On 24 April 1884, he married Anna Munro of Quebec. They had six children: Louisa Nicholson (b 1885), Allan Munro Nicholson (b 1886), Helen Andrea Nicholson (b 1888), James S. Nicholson (b 1889), John Wallace Nicholson (b 1891), and Harriett Nicholson (b 1896). He was a member of Augustine Presbyterian Church, the Masons, and the Canadian Order of Foresters.
He died on 22 August 1898, while driving to his company’s farm in the Rural Municipality of Springfield.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Death in Springfield”, Manitoba Free Press, 23 August 1898, page 6.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 June 2010
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