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Memorable Manitobans: Jeremiah “Jerry” Robinson (1844-1930)

Merchant, farmer.

Born in the province of Quebec on 5 May 1844, cousin of Thomas D. Robinson and William Robinson, he entered the dry goods business at London, Ontario, then he went to Mitchell, Ontario, and started business for himself. He came to Manitoba in 1878 and opened a store at Emerson which burned in 1881. He then opened a general department store in Winnipeg, at the foot of Notre Dame Avenue, which grew into one of the largest retail establishments in Manitoba. He served as a director of the Northern Trust Company. In later years he purchased a farm at Warren and raised horses. He had a daughter, Georgina Robinson (c1874-1966, wife of John Y. Reid). He died at Winnipeg on 1 December 1930 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robinson House (703 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral of Jerry Robinson is to take place today,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 December 1930.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 November 2019

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