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Memorable Manitobans: Robert George Stinson (1878-1961)


Born in Flesherton County, Ontario on 12 December 1878, he taught school before coming to Manitoba in the early 1900s to work at the Winnipeg Telegram. In 1929 he became owner and publisher of Waghorn’s Guide and Pocket Directory to Manitoba and the North West, retiring in 1956 to publish “Stinson Maps” until his death. On 19 August 1902, he married May Lillian Walters at Winnipeg. They had four children: Clarence William Stinson (b 1904), Robert George Stinson (b 1906), Gerald Edward Stinson (b 1908), and Dorothy May Stinson (b 1910). From 1910 to 1935, the family lived at 170 Chestnut Street, later moving to 63 Home Street. Stinson died at Winnipeg on 29 August 1961 and was buried in St. James Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1961, page 26.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank George Tacik for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 August 2013

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