Manitoba Photographers: William Howard Irwin (1853-1951)

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Born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 7 June 1853, son of John Irwin and Margaret Moffatt, his family moved to Port Arthur [now Thunder Bay], Ontario in 1867. He came to Brandon in 1882 where he worked as a photographer until moving to Winnipeg in 1901. From 1910 to retirement in 1918, he was general superintendent of Methodist Sunday Schools in Manitoba. In retirement, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia then in 1922 to Naramata in the Okanagan Valley where he was a fruit farmer.

On 27 December 1883, he married Annie J. Hogg (1860-?) at Belleville, Ontario and they subsequently had four children, all born at Brandon: Howard Livingston Irwin (1884-?), William Carlyle Irwin (1886-?), Esther Helen Irwin (1890-?, wife of Robert Bedford), and John Lawson Irwin (1894-?).

He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1947 and died there on 4 March 1951.

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1860 US census, Ancestry.

Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Birth registrations [Howard Livingston Irwin, William Carlyle Irwin, Esther Helen Irwin, John Lawson Irwin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906, 1911, and 1916 Canada censuses, Ancestry.

Obituary, Calgary Herald, 6 March 1951, page 22.

This page was prepared by Dale Dutton and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2022

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