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Memorable Manitobans: Franklin Arthur Thomson (1869-1951)

Farmer, builder.

Born in Ontario on 12 September 1869, he came to Austin about 1890 to join his brother, Herbert, the town’s first pharmacist. In 1893, he married Lillian Harding (1874-1941) at Austin. They later had four children. The family lived at Altamont for a few years but returned to farm in the Ravenshoe district. He acquired more land and established a gravel and concrete block-making business. He built the Argyle Hotel at Austin using his concrete blocks. He died at Austin and was buried in the Austin Cemetery.

Some of the buildings that he constructed:




Booth Concrete Granary

RM of North Norfolk


Nelson Concrete House

RM of North Norfolk


Price Concrete Barn

RM of North Norfolk


Ritzer House

RM of North Norfolk


Thomson Concrete Barn

RM of North Norfolk


A. E. Gardiner Building

116 Main Street, Carberry


See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the R.M. of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee, North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 558.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 February 2015

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