Memorable Manitobans: Hodgson Wilberforce Hutchinson (1862-1949)
Born at Enniskillen, Ontario on 20 October 1862, son of Robert and Abigail Hutchinson, he was educated at public schools and Albert College (Belleville, Ontario). In 1880, he started working as a clerk in his father’s store at Enniskillen. He came to Winnipeg in 1883 and joined Fairfield and Company in 1888. In 1911, he was Managing Director of the John Deere Plow Company. In 1923 he became a shareholder and director in the company.
He was Vice-President of the Manitoba Anchor Fence Company and the Winnipeg Implement Dealers Association. He was a director of the Bank of Hamilton, Western Grocers, Tees and Persse Limited, Dominion Fruit Limited, A. R. McNichol Limited, Fisher and Burpe Limited, and President of the Winnipeg Board of Trade in 1904. He served 30 years on the Board of Governors of Wesley College, and Chairman of Community Chest for four years.
In 1899, he married Charlotte Isabella McGregor (1873-1954) of Hamilton, Ontario. They had one son. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, St. Charles Country Club, and a founding member of the Carleton Club.
He died at his Winnipeg residence, 147 Westgate, on 18 June 1949 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]
“H. W. Hutchinson executive, 86, funeral held,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1949.
Obituary [Charlotte Isabel Hutchinson], Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1954, page 26.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 December 2021