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Memorable Manitobans: Robert J. Wilson (1856-1926)

Furniture merchant.

Born at Shelburne, Ontario in 1856, he came to Manitoba in 1881 and, for a few years, farmed at Dugald. In 1888 he joined his brother Charles Hurst Wilson in his furniture business, the C. H. Wilson Furniture Company. In 1906, the company was renamed Wilson Furniture. He was married twice, first to Carolyn McLaughlin (c1861-1888) in 1882 and second to Eleanor Wilson (1854-1925) of Mona Mills, Ontario in 1891. He had two children: Corrie Magdeline Wilson (?-?, wife of John H. Lappin) and Charles Clifford Wilson (1894-?). He died at his home at Whittier, California on 2 May 1926.

Sources:

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Pioneer furniture man dies at coast,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 May 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 January 2022

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