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Manitoba Business: Monarch Life Assurance Company

Founded at Winnipeg in August 1906, its organizers included numerous prominent local businessman, including Hugh Armstrong, Nicholas Bawlf, George F. Carruthers, James T. Gordon, Edwin S. Popham, Daniel E. Sprague, Edmund L. Taylor, and William Whyte, along with ones at Belleville (Ontario), Calgary, Montreal, Quebec, Regina, Toronto, and Wallaceburg (Ontario). Through the years, the company occupied offices in the Boyd Building and Inglis Building. In 1960, it constructed a grand office building on Broadway in Winnipeg, occupying it through a merger with North American Life Assurance Company in the 1980s.

Chairmen

Period

Chairman

1968-1969

William Andrew Johnston (1896-1969)

1969-1979

Thomas Bruce Ross (1904-2001)

Presidents

Period

President

1906-?

D. A. Gordon

1910-?

James Thomas Gordon (1858-1919)

?-1922

?

1922-1927

William A. Matheson (1859-1939)

1927-1934

?

1934-1942

Edgar Jordan Tarr (1881-1950)

1942-1951

?

1951-1963

John Elmer Woods (1892-1980)

Vice-Presidents

Period

Vice-President

1906-?

Robert Rogers (1864-1936)

?-1910

?

1910-1911

Nicholas Bawlf (1849-1914)

1911-1924

?

1924-1927

Frank W. Adams (1861-1935)

1927-1929

?

1929-?

John William Willoughby Stewart (1868-1936)

?-1947

?

1947-?

John Elmer Woods (1892-1980)

?-1950

?

1950-1963

Charles Gordon Smith (1902-1990)

General Managers

Period

General Manager

1906

T. Marshall Ostrom

1906-1929

John William Willoughby Stewart (1868-1936)

1929-1934

J. A. Macfarlane

1934-1936

?

1936-1953

Gordon C. Cumming

1953-1963

?

1963-?

Darrell Laird

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Monarch Life Building / Workers Compensation Building (333 Broadway, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Monarch Life Assurance Co. – Important announcement – a western institution established in Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1906, page 7.

“Ostrom has resigned,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1906, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2017

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