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Memorable Manitobans: William Burns Chisholm (1850-1918)

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Born in Glengary County, Ontario in January 1850, son of Alexander and Jessie Chisholm, he worked on the family farm until adulthood then spent five years in lumber camps before coming to Manitoba. He worked in the Silver Allen mine then, in 1876, he spent a year working for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He turned to ranching and took up a homestead in Township 12, Range 15 near Petrel, Manitoba. On 20 March 1875, he married Isabella McCray. They had eight children: Alexander Chisholm, Minnie Chisholm, Jessie Chisholm, Lillian Chisholm, Norma Chisholm, Kenneth Chisholm, William Chisholm, and Donald Chisholm. He died on 5 December 1918.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2010

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