Memorable Manitobans: Alexander “Sandy” Brown (1842-1922)
Born at Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1842, he came to Canada in 1862, settling with the rest of his family in Galt, Ontario. In 1865, he married Margaret Neilson and, on 21 April 1872, he and Thomas Rutherford left Galt to make their fortunes in Manitoba, founding a company that became Brown & Rutherford. After Margaret Brown died leaving four children, her sister Isabella married Brown in 1880. He died at his Winnipeg home, 170 Buchanan Street, on 12 April 1922 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.
Grandfather of J. N. B. Crawford.
“Alex. Brown, Sr., dies after long illness,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 April 1922, page 14.
“Mrs. Alex Brown, Sr., pioneer here, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 October 1930.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 June 2014
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