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Memorable Manitobans: William Wilson Alexander (1850-?)

Miller.

Born at Aberdeen, Scotland on 16 October 1850, son of William Alexander and Mary Johnston, he moved with his family to Ontario in 1860 and dropped out of school five years later to work in the milling and grain business. He came to Manitoba in January 1882, arriving at Brandon and formed a grain and milling business with Andrew Kelly and Robert Sutherland. In 1901, he withdrew from the business and entered a new business with Low Brothers, trading under the name of the Alexander Milling Company. In 1875, he married Mary McIntosh Fisher of Paisley, Ontario. They had nine children: Julie Piere Alexander, Clara Alexander, Mary Isabel Ann Alexander (b 1883), George Molson Alexander (b 1885), Archibald McIntosh Alexander (b 1887), Frank Roy Alexander (b 1888), Margaret Alexander (b 1891), Florian Louise Alexander (b 1896), and Wilhelmina Olive Alexander (b 1898). He served one year on the Brandon city council and twelve years as a member of the Brandon School Board.

Sources:

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

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 November 2011

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