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Memorable Manitobans: James Walter Stovel (1867-1942)

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Born at Meaford, Ontario on 21 May 1867, he came to Winnipeg in 1883 to join his father, Joseph Stovel, who owned a small tailoring business on McDermot Avenue. He freighted supplies for troops fighting during the 1885 North West Rebellion, after which he moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to homestead. He later returned to Winnipeg and worked for the Toronto Type Foundry which sent him to Minneapolis and Chicago to study engraving. A few years later he and his uncle, Harry Stovel, established the Printers’ Litho and Engraving Company. In 1904 it was taken over by the Stovel Company and he was put in charge of engraving, rising eventually to become Superintendent of the engraving department. He was married with a son and a daughter, and a member of Augustine United Church and the Granite Curling Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 101 Gerard Street, on 17 July 1942.


“Walter Stovel dies on Friday at his home”, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 114]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 April 2011

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