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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh R. Cameron (1854-1915)

Businessman, civil servant.

Born at Kemptville, Ontario in 1854, he moved to the United States in the 1860s and was in charge of the Indian stores at Fort Sully, South Dakota. He then went to California where he lived until coming to Manitoba. He arrived at Brandon ahead of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881 and became a partner in the grocery business of Anderson, Cameron, and Cumming. He later went into the oil business in partnership with William Johnston. He organized the Pioneer Insurance Company of Brandon, the Brand Old Timers Association, was a member of the Brandon City Council, and was a leading supporter of the Brandon Turf Club. He eventually became a federal civil servant, in the Immigration Department, in which capacity he went on an inspection tour to the territory north of Edmonton in mid-1915. He died at Grande Prairie, Alberta on 1 August 1915.

Sources:

“Exhausting walk results in death,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 August 1915, page 6.

“Hugh R. Cameron a Brandon pioneer,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 August 1915, page 8. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2017

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