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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Watt “Harry” Sloan (1847-1927)


Born on 10 August 1847, he came to Winnipeg in 1872 and opened one of the first restaurants in Western Canada. Sloan’s Restaurant was situated on Main Street, opposite the City Hall. He later opened a second restaurant, also on Main Street. He invested heavily in race horses. He eventually sold his business interests and retired to British Columbia where he lived for a number of years, returning to the prairies a few years before his death.

On 2 April 1875, he married Jessie Ross Macdonald. They had seven children: Allan Watt Sloan (b 1876), James Ross Sloan (b 1880), Jessie Isabella Sloan (b 1885, Mrs. John Webster), Ida Minnie Sloan (b 1886, Mrs. Delaney), Maud Sloan (b 1890, Mrs. Edward Poskett), Hazel (b 1893, Mrs. Donald R. Forrest), and Edward Sloan.

He died at Portage la Prairie on 26 April 1927 and was buried in Winnipeg.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Harry Sloan, pioneer of Winnipeg, is dead” Newspaper clipping dated 27 April 1927. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 7 September 2009

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