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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Campbell Niles (1854-1896)

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Born at Colborne, Ontario on 26 October 1854, son of grain dealer William Henry Niles and Maria Haight, he was educated at Colborne, after which he worked for his father for several years. In 1882, he went to Manitoba and built at Portage la Prairie one of the largest biscuit factories in the West. In 1883, he began working for dentist J. L. Benson at Winnipeg, doing gold work and regulating teeth by means of bands. He became one of the charter members of the Dental Association of Manitoba. In 1884, he entered into partnership with W. E. Emmons, which lasted until 1891, when he opened an office of his own. On 14 January 1891, he married to May Bell Taylor, a niece of Mrs. Dr. Benson, and daughter of William Taylor of Winnipeg. They had one daughter. He died at Winnipeg on 27 June 1896 and was buried in St. James Cemetery.


The Canadian Album, Men of Canada, Volume 3 (1894).

“The late Don Niles”, Manitoba Free Press, 30 June 1896, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2010

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