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Memorable Manitobans: Allen Edwin Thompson (1855-1910)

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Allen Edwin Thompson
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Farmer, MLA (1900-1903), MLA (1903-1906).

Born at Switzerville, Ontario on 9 June 1855, he lived at Dresden, Ontario for three years before coming to Manitoba in the spring of 1882. He took up a homestead southwest of Deloraine. When the railway reached the area, he moved to Deloraine and became the first butcher and cattle dealer in the area. He moved to Melita in 1891 where he continued his butchery and also dealt in horses and cattle.

His first wife was Lydia Jane Reese (?-1892), who he married on 2 March 1881 at Ernestown, Ontario, died without issue. On 1 February 1898, he married Emma Jane Burwash (1871-1942) at Cerritos, California. They had five sons: Gordon M. Thompson (1899-?), Willard Allen Thompson (1900-?), Joseph Harold Thompson (1903-?), Lloyd Burwash Thompson (1905-?), and Stewart Nelson Thompson (1908-?). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1899 general election, representing the Souris constituency, and was re-elected in 1903.

He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1906. In poor health, he moved to Los Angeles, California in December 1909, where he died on 12 February 1910. He was buried in Vancouver.


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1906 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Former local legislator dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 February 1910, page 11.

We thank Willard Allen Thompson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 September 2018

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