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Memorable Manitobans: John Wilson Briggs (1872-1942)

Financial agent, realtor.

Born at Montreal, Quebec on 10 December 1872, son of John E. and Mary A. Briggs, he came to Winnipeg in 1883 and was educated at St. John’s College. He worked for the land department of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Winnipeg from 1888 to 1901, and was later a financial agent in the investment firm of Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner, 234 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. In 1909, he married Eva Etewart of Winnipeg. They had three children. He was a member of the Canadian Club, Adanac Club, St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg Board of Trade, and AF & AM. Recreation: farming. Address: 182 Mayfair Avenue, Winnipeg. He died at Winnipeg on 11 February 1942.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“John Wilson Briggs, realtor, aged 70, dies on Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1942, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2020

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