Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Edgar Spera (1849-1919)
Born in Wentworth County, Ontario on 9 August 1849, son of William and Sarah Ann Spera, he was educated at the common school and Hamilton Collegiate Institute. He worked on his father’s farm then became a “knight of the grip” (traveling salesman) for sixteen years. He entered into business partnership with Joseph Campbell on 13 December 1877, specializing in men’s clothing, with stores located from Winnipeg to Vancouver. In the 1890s, he was a partner in the wholesale firm of Cornell and Spera, and later represented Hislop’s of Toronto. His final work, prior to retirement in 1912, was as proprietor of the real estate firm of A. E. Spera and Company, with offices in Winnipeg’s Somerset Building. He resided in Winnipeg, married with one daughter, and was a member of Young Methodist Church and the Masons. He later moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he died at his home on 22 May 1919.
“City and province,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 February 1884, page 4.
The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Co., Brantford, Ontario, 1894.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
“Old Winnipegger is dead at Hamilton,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 May 1919, page 9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 May 2015
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