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Memorable Manitobans: John James Story (1857-1930)

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John James Story
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Merchant, municipal official.

Born at Smiths Falls, Ontario on 26 March 1857, brother of William T. Storey, he came to Manitoba in 1880 and settled at Wawanesa where he operated a general store. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Oakland in 1905. He and wife Hannah Avison (1857-1943) had five children: Roland Avison Story (1890-1967), Mary Elizabeth Story (1891-?, wife of O. J. Thomas), Gladys Victoria Story (1895-?, wife of Dr. Edison Cunningham), Evelyn Sykes Story (1896-1999, wife of Sherwood Lett), and John Boyd Story (1898-1955). He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1910, returning five years later. He sold his business interests in 1922 and, for two years prior to his retirement, he was a superintendent of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. He returned to Vancouver in late 1928 and died there on 8 February 1930. He was buried in Vancouver.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Story Block (Fourth Street, Wawanesa, Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Former business man of Wawanesa dies in B.C.,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 February 1930, page 7.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Sipiweske, Light Through the Trees: 100 Years of Wawanesa and District, Wawanesa & District History Book Committee, 1988.

We thank Karen Harbick for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2019

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