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Memorable Manitobans: James Brown Pepler (1861-1919)

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James Brown Pepler
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Born at Bristol, England on 9 May 1861, son of James Pepler and Emma Eyres, he emigrated to Canada and settled at Toronto in 1870. He came to Winnipeg in 1880 and established a realty and financial business in partnership with John Somerset Aikins. In 1903, he was a founder of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board.

On 24 October 1894, he married Marion Louisa Girdlestone (1869-1966, daughter of George William Girdlestone) and they had four children: Stanford Pepler (1895-1985), Ruth Pepler (1899-?), James Somerset Pepler (1911-?), and Barbara Marion Pepler (1914-1995, wife of Maurice Percival Burchill). Around 1915, the family lived at 141 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a founding member, in 1906, of the St. Charles Country Club. He was also a member of the Manitoba Club, AF & AM, Conservative party, and Anglican church.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 September 1919.


Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 714.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Prominent man dies,” newspaper clipping dated 5 September 1919. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“James B. Pepler, financier, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 September 1919, page 8.

Obituary [Stanford Pepler], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1985, page 45.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 November 2021

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