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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Polson (1840-1905)

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Alexander Polson
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Civil servant.

Born at Kildonan on 21 March 1840 and educated at St. John’s College, he taught school and farmed. Eventually he was able to sell his farm property when the city expanded. He represented Ward Six on the Winnipeg City Council in 1887 and 1888, was the first trustee in the North End, and from 1893 was city licence inspector and relief officer. He was married twice, first to Christine Pritchard (?-1881) with whom he had three daughters: Laura B. Polson (1876-?), Katherine M. “Katie” Polson (1878-?, wife of Rev. John Little), and Florence Polson (1881-?). On 1 March 1883, he married Jessie McKay Polson (1857-?) and they had four children: Euphemia B. Polson (1884-?), Ina Warwick Polson (1888-?, wife of John Eldon Fillmore), Hugh Polson (1890-?), and Alexander Vivian Polson (1893-?). He died at Winnipeg on 12 September 1905 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Polson House (94 Cathedral Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Sudden death of A. Polson,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 September 1905, page 4.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituary [Mrs. Jessie Polson], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1938, page 4.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 December 2019

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