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Memorable Manitobans: Edward O’Reilly (1848-1904)

Grain merchant.

Born at Wolf Island near Kingston, Ontario on 20 June 1848, son of Hamilton Robert O’Reilly and Margaret Land, brother of John O’Reilly, his early life was spent at Wolf Island. He was a member of the Frontenac county council in the early 1880s before coming to western Canada where he went into the cattle business. He also worked as a grain buyer for James Richardson and Sons, headquartered first at Neepawa and later at Portage la Prairie. He operated grain elevators at Keyes, Neepawa, and Sidney, and became a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange around 1896, serving on its council for several years. He and wife Frances Bridget O’Brien (1863-?) had four children: May O’Reilly (1893-?), James Joseph O’Reilly (1895-?), Edward Leonard O’Reilly (1897-?), and Marie Rose Kathleen O’Reilly (1900-?). He died at his Winnipeg home, 190 Smith Street, on 19 September 1904. He was buried at Wolf Island, Ontario.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Death of E. O’Reilly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 September 1904, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1904, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 December 2017

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