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Memorable Manitobans: John D. Ross (1858-1927)

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John D. Ross
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Farmer, businessman, municipal official.

Born at Uxbridge, Ontario on 5 October 1858, son of Donald Ross (c1820-1914) and Mary Anna Ross (?-?), he assisted his father in farming until around 1882 when he came to Manitoba and opened a carriage and implement business at Brandon. He later returned to farming on a section of land near Elgin, and eventually added to his land holdings until he had four sections.

In 1905, he quit farming to work in real estate, buying over 30,000 acres of land in the Goose Lake country of Saskatchewan. He also represented the grain firm of James Richardson and Son at Brandon.

On 14 October 1884, he married Henrietta Hartrick (1861-1952) at Winnipeg and they had five children: Cora Pearl Ross (1888-?, wife of Alfred Roche), Oscar Stanley Ross (1890-1965), Nettie Amelia “May” Ross (1892-1987), William John Ross (1895-?), and Mary Etta Ross (1899-?, wife of Douglas John Corner). In 1909, he was elected to the Brandon city council, representing Ward 5, and served two terms. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.

He died at his Brandon home, 510 Victoria Avenue, on 5 September 1927 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ross House (510 Victoria Avenue, Brandon)


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Old-time citizen, John D. Ross, died this morning,” Brandon Sun, 5 September 1927, page 2.

Death registration [Nettie Amelia Ross], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Grave transcriptions, Brandon Cemetery.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2021

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