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Memorable Manitobans: John Somerset Aikins (1850-1911)

Click to enlargeMLA (1879-1883), financier.

John Somerset Aikins was the eldest son of J. C. Aikins (later a Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba). He was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. In 1887 he married Abby Lemira Colby (?-1943), daughter of the Hon. C. C. Colby, and they had two children. He came west in 1875, taking up residence in Winnipeg in 1879. In 1880 he represented Rockwood in the Manitoba Legislature. He was a director of the Winnipeg General Hospital, and a member of the real estate firm of Aikins and Montgomery, and Aikins and Pepler.

He was a founding member of the St. Charles Country Club.

Click to enlargeHe died in Winnipeg on 5 May 1911.


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

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“Free Press Necrology Files”, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

Page revised: 27 May 2009

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