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Memorable Manitobans: James Brown (1860-1921)


Born at Gresham, Ontario on 20 October 1860, son of Edward James Brown and Christina Fairbairn, he operated a general store at Paisley, Ontario for six year before coming to Manitoba in January 1889 and settling at Portage la Prairie. In partnership with his brother Edward Brown, they took over a department store. The partnership ended in 1905 when his brother withdrew and he remained as managing director for another five years. He then retired and went into the automobile business. He died at Portage la Prairie on 13 January 1921.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“James Brown is dead at home in Portage, where he pioneered,” newspaper clipping dated 14 January 1921. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

We thank Dave Eagles for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 April 2020

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