Memorable Manitobans: William Augustus Anderson (1873-1955)
Born at Springfield, Minnesota on 24 August 1873, son of A. G. Anderson and Martha Jorgenson, he taught school and worked in the hardware business at Albert Lee, Minnesota before moving to Winnipeg about 1903. He entered the grain business and formed the North Star Grain Company. At one time the firm owned the Union Terminal at Lakehead. In 1939, the company sold its grain elevators to Reliance Grain. He was also a director of the Consolidated Elevator Company and Traders Building Association, President of the Sun Investment Company, and Vice-President of the Winnipeg Inland and Investment Company.
In 1898, he married Emma M. Schmid (?-?) at Springfield, Minnesota and they had two sons and three daughters. He was a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, St. Charles Country Club, AF & AM, and St. George’s Anglican Church.
He retired from business in 1949 and moved to Los Angeles, California where he died on 28 February 1955.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 578.
“W. A. Anderson, ex-grain firm president dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1955, page 19.
California Death Index, merged 1940-1997.
We thank Grace Jacobs for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 October 2021