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Memorable Manitobans: William J. Bettingen (1869-1929)

Grain merchant.

Born in Minnesota, he sold his interests in grain companies at Minneapolis and moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1903, where he established the grain commission firm of W. J. Bettingen & Company, along with the Imperial Elevator & Lumber Company with W. C. Leistikow as a shareholder. The firm sold lumber at its grain elevators in Western Canada, later forming the Imperial Lumber Yards to focus on the lumber business. He served as President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange in 1907. Headquarters of the Imperial Lumber Yards later moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

He and wife Mary Crawford had four children: Robert Bettingen (b 1896), Lucille Bettingen (b 1900), Evelyn Bettingen (b 1905), and William John Bettingen (b 1907).

He moved to Pasadena, California around 1915. He died there on 29 May 1929.

Sources:

“New elevators for Northwest”, Manitoba Free Press, 4 April 1903.

1906 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“William Bettingen dies at Pasadena”, Manitoba Free Press, 30 May 1929.

We thank Grace Jacobs for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2012

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