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Memorable Manitobans: James Albert Wright (1857-?)

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Pharmacist, municipal official.

Born in Durham County, Ontario, on 14 November 1857, son of Charles and Elizabeth Wright, the family emigrated to Canada and settled on a farmstead at Durham about 1850. He family moved to Brussels, Ontario about 1860 and, after finishing his education, clerked in drug stores at Durham and Port Elgin. He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1882. He came to Manitoba in 1882 and opened a drug store at Manitou, moving a year later to Boissevain. He operated a store there until 1901 when he was appointed accountant in the Land Titles Office. In 1890 he was appointed clerk of the Rural Municipality of Morton. In 1887, he married Eliza L. Abbey (1861-?) of Durham County, Ontario. They had four children: Florence Lucy Wright (1891-?), James H. Wright (1893-?), Kathleen Edith Wright (1896-?), and Frederick Wright (1898-?). He was a member of the IOOF, Knights of Pythias, COF, and AF & AM (Doric Lodge No. 36). He was a warden in the Anglican church.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2017

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