Memorable Manitobans: George Duncan Wood (1858-1907)
Wholesale hardware merchant.
Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 26 July 1858, son of Senator Andrew T. Wood and Mary Freeman, his father started a hardware business in 1849 that subsequently became Wood & Leggat, later Wood, Vallance & Company, and ultimately George D. Wood & Company. George started in business with his father, working in the store at Hamilton until 1880 when he came to Winnipeg and established a branch of the company. His warehouse building, built in 1887 at 22-24 Alexander East in Winnipeg, was designed by architect Charles H. Wheeler.
In 1886, he married Helen Maria Adamson (?-?) of Breckin, Scotland. They had six children: Frances Jane Mary Wood (1887-?, wife of Charles M. Ruttan), Muriel Torrance Wood (1889-1988, wife of McCrea P. Blair), Andrew Iven Wood (1891-?), George D. Wood (1896-?), David Hill Adamson Wood (1899-?), and Helen Margery Wood (?-?, wife of J. A. Gemmill). The family lived at 86 West Gate, in the exclusive Winnipeg neighborhood of Armstrong’s Point. He was a director in the Northern Trust Company and the Dominion Annuity Company. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, and St. Charles Country Club.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 May 2019
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