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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest William Pearson (1861-1936)

Lawyer, municipal official.

Born at Lancashire, England on 2 September 1861, son of John Pearson and Sarah E. Greenwood, the family emigrated to Canada in 1885, settling near Neepawa where the father engaged as a farmer. Ernest attended Oxford University and was called to the Inner Temple bar in 1886. He came to Manitoba in 1888 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1891. He established a law practice at Minnedosa. In 1888 he married Jessie Borland (1865-1948) of Dumfriesshire, Scotland. They had three children: Mary Dorothy Pearson (1890-?), John Angus William Pearson (1895-?), and Colin Hargreaves Pearson. From 1893 to 1900 he served as clerk and treasurer for the town of Minnedosa. He was a Liberal candidate for the Minnedosa constituency in the 1907 provincial general election. He died at Minnedosa on 18 April 1936 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pearson Block (Main Street South, Minnedosa)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1936, page 7.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 September 2018

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