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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Wright (1854-1932)

Dry goods merchant.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 30 January 1854, he worked in the City of Glasgow Bank until 1873 when he emigrated to Canada in the service of the Bank of British North America, serving at Montreal and, the next year, in New York. In 1878 he went into the dry good business in partnership with William Fyfe, coming to Winnipeg in 1881. He established a store in the Spencer Block on Portage Avenue, staying there for seven years after which he moved to the corner of Portage and Main. His shop there burned down in 1894. He rebuilt it and operated at that location until moving to a new location at 426 Main Street, in 1903. Specializing in dry goods, silks, linens and underwear, Wright travelled twice a year to Great Britain, France, and Switzerland in search of new wares.

In 1880 at Montreal he married Mary Rutherford of Glasgow, Scotland. They had six children: Margaret Rutherford (wife of Hartley McKinley Millman), Mary, Archibald Jr., Tina, and Jack. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Society.

He died at Winnipeg on 19 September 1932.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration for A. Wright, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer Local Merchant Dies While On Train” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 September 1932.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2009

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