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Memorable Manitobans: John Moore Robinson (1855-1934)

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John Moore Robinson
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Entrepreneur, MLA (1886-1888).

Born at Hustonville, Ontario on 30 December 1855, son of William Robinson, he was educated at the Huston Common School (Lockport, New York), High School, and the St. Catharine’s Collegiate Institute. He taught school in Ontario for four years then moved to Manitoba in 1879, where he worked as editor and publisher of the Brandon Times, Portage la Prairie Tribune, and Portage la Prairie Review newspapers. He also taught school in Woodlands for two years, and served as Clerk of the Woodlands municipality. He then engaged in the real estate business in Portage la Prairie. He served as the Secretary for the Town of Portage la Prairie and the county Liberal-Conservative Association, and the Provincial Grand Master for the Manitoba Orange Association (1886-1888).

In June 1882, he married Eliza Lipsett (?-?), third daughter of Robert Lipsett of Meadow Lea. They had eight children: William Robinson, John Robinson, Florence Robinson, Robert Robinson, Gladys Robinson, Kathleen Roblinson, Evangeline Robinson, and Candace Robinson. He was elected as a presentative of the Woodlands constituency in the 1886 general election but was defeated in 1888. He moved to the Okanagan Valley of central British Columbia in 1890. He was so impressed by the peaches grown on a ranch there that he founded the towns of Peachland, Summerland and Naramata, and enticed hundreds of prairie families to settle in the region.

He died at Naramata, British Columbia on 23 February 1934. He is commemorated by Robinson Creek, near Naramata.

Brother-in-law of Francis Wesley Lipsett.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

John Alexander Gemmill (editor), The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1887.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (Deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

1901 Canadian census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration for J. M. Robinson, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

British Columbia Place Names by G. P. V. Akrigg & Helen B. Akrigg, Sono Nis Press, 1986.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 October 2018

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