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Memorable Manitobans: John James Armstrong (1853-?)

Flour and feed merchant.

Born near London, Ontario on 11 November 1853, he became a night telegraph operator for the Grand Trunk Railway at the age of 17, located at Goderich, Ontario. He worked there for a year then moved to a similar position at Granton, Ontario which he held for three years. He then spent 17 years as an agent at Thorndale, Ontario. He resigned the position and moved to Carberry, Manitoba in 1891. A year later he opened a flour and feed store.

He and wife Charlotte Holland had four children, all born in Ontario: Mabel Ethel Armstrong (b 1880), Rosa Henrietta Armstrong (b 1884), Harry Armstrong (b 1886), and Charles Armstrong (b 1889).

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Ancestry.

The People of the Big Plain: A History of the RM of North Cypress and the Town of Carberry, 2007. page 655.

Page revised: 24 March 2009

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