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Memorable Manitobans: James L. Thompson (1869-?)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Metcalf, Ontario on 11 February 1869, son of John N. H. Thompson and Rosina McDowell, he graduated with honors from the Strathroy Collegiate Institute, after which he took a year of teacher training before taking up teaching for two years. He came to Brandon, Manitoba in February 1889 and found work teaching and ranching. He gradually bought land until he eventually owned 1,420 acres. He also operated a lumberyard and livery stable at Beulah. On 9 February 1897, he married Elizabeth J. Chapman. They had three children: Olive Thompson, James Thompson, and Harry Thompson. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the local school board and was on the council for the Rural Municipality of Miniota, two of them as Reeve (1907-1908). He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 December 2010

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