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Memorable Manitobans: William Ward Banning (1842-1885)

Lumber merchant.

Born at Wardsville, Ontario in 1842, he came to Winnipeg in 1871 where he founded the lumber business of Dick, Banning and Company in partnership with his father-in-law W. R. Dick. In 1868 he married Mary Banning (?-?) and they had five children: William Ward Banning Jr. (1876-1899), Claude Percy Banning, Elmer Travers Banning (1880-?), Ethel Isabel Banning (1882-?, wife of John H. Dunsheath), and Clarence Reginald Banning (1884-?). He was a founding member of Grace Church, a director of the Winnipeg General Hospital, and a member of the Winnipeg city council (1876). He died at Winnipeg on 14 June 1885 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Banning Street in Winnipeg.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“W. W. Banning,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 June 1885, page 2.

“W. Banning murdered,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 July 1899, page 1.

Brookside Cemetery: A Celebration of Life, Volume 2, 1878-2004

Published by E. R. Publishing & Communications Ltd., Winnipeg, 2004
ISBN 0-973346-0-6 (paper)

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2019

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