Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
MHS
Fall
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: James Stewart (1881-1941)

Click to enlarge

James Stewart
Click to enlarge

Businessman.

Born at Kincardine, Scotland on 11 December 1881, he came to Canada as a child and was schooled at Fort William [now Thunder Bay], Ontario. He moved to Winnipeg in 1906 and worked for the Western Elevator Company. From 1919 to 1921, he served as Commissioner of the first Wheat Board. He was later President of the James Stewart Grain Corporation, Board Chairman of Federal Grain Limited, President of the Maple Leaf Milling Company, and a founding Director of the Western Grain Company (1929). He was also a Director of the Canadian National Railways, Bank of Montreal, Stewart Grain Company, Alberta Pacific Grain Company, and Vancouver Terminal Elevator Company. His firm Stewart and Grant constructed the Slave Falls Generating Station for Winnipeg Hydro (1928) and the railway from The Pas to Hudson Bay. On 24 February 1915, he married Helen Kathleen Rooney (c1887-?), daughter of John J. Rooney, at Winnipeg. They had seven children: Ewen Stewart (1916-?), Isabel Stewart (1917-?, wife of Douglas Thomson Martin), Douglas Stewart (1919-?), Shirley Helen Stewart (1920-1995, wife of Daniel Sprague), James Stewart (?-?), Kathleen Stewart, and Catherine Stewart. He was a member of the St. Charles Country Club, Motor Country Club, Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, and First Presbyterian Church. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 1 December 1941 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery. A collection of his papers are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“James Stewart, leading grain man, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1941, page 7.

Obituary [Shirley Helen Sprague], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 1995, page 28.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 June 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.