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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Wickson (1876-1939)

Click to enlargeMerchant, financial agent.

Born at Essex County, Ontario on 5 November 1876, eldest son of Arthur Wickson, he left home at an early age and worked as a merchant at Carman, Manitoba and captained the local hockey team. He was married twice, in 1902 to Clara Campbell of Carman. Suffering a throat condition, she died at Riverside, California in March 1903 and he returned to bury her at Carman. He married again, to Edna Minerva Reid of Carman, on 9 May 1906, and the couple moved soon after to Winnipeg. They had two children, Arthur Reid Wickson (b 1907) and Lorna Wickson. In December 1916, he ran for a seat on the Winnipeg Board of Control but was defeated. In his campaign literature, among the things he supported was the granting of full citizenship to women.

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 22 December 1939.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Board of Control, Candidate Seat D, Walter Wickson” Manitoba Free Press, 5 December 1916.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1939.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 May 2009

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