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Memorable Manitobans: George Fletcher Salton (1858-1943)

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George Fletcher Salton
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Born at West Hartlepool, England on 9 November 1858, he came to Goderich, Ontario around 1881 where he became a Methodist cleric. His pastoral charges included Goderich, Waterloo, Brussels, Stratford, St. Thomas, Hamilton, and Ottawa before he went to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He came to Winnipeg in 1913 where he was the minister of Fort Rouge Methodist Church until 1917. He did weekly sermons on Winnipeg’s first radio station established by his son in his home at 1164 Grosvenor Avenue. He retired from active ministry around 1921.

On 31 May 1887, he married Annie Madeline Gordon (1854-1943) at Goderich, Ontario. They had two sons, Rev. Harold G. Salton (1889-1970) and Lynn Vincent Salton. While living at Stratford, Ontario, he made the acquaintance of Lord Baden-Powell and acquired an interest in the Boy Scouts movement, later establishing a Scout troop at Moose Jaw, allegedly the first in western Canada. Interested in art, he visited numerous European galleries and delivered lectures and judged art competitions.

He died at Winnipeg on 16 November 1943 and was buried at Hamilton, Ontario. A collection of his magic lantern slides and projector are held at the Manitoba Museum.

See also:

Cool Things in the Collection: Reverend Salton’s Magic Lantern by Tim Worth
Manitoba History, Number 84, Spring 2017

Extra! Extra! Hear All About It! by Garry Moir
Manitoba 150 in the Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 2020

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“To celebrate golden wedding,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1937, page 15.

“Former pastor of Fort Rouge church dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 November 1943, page 13.

“Rev. Dr. G. F. Salton,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 November 1943, page 3.

“Mrs. G. F. Salton dies, aged 89,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 December 1943, page 11.

“Mrs. G. F. Salton dies at the age of 89,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1943, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Tim Worth.

Page revised: 16 May 2020

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