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Memorable Manitobans: John Bowes Wilson (1869-?)


Born in Bruce County, Ontario on 26 January 1869, son of Byron and Agnes Wilson, he quit school at the age of 12 and, coming to Brandon in 1882, found work as a messenger in one of the city’s first grocery stores where he stayed for six years. He then went into partnership with Joseph Symington in the grocery business of Symington and Company. In January 1912, it was reorganized under the name of Central Grocery. On 31 March 1902, he maried Elizabeth Symington, daughter of his business partner. They had a daughter, Vivianne Alberta Wilson. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and IOOF.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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: 20 June 2010

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