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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Dennison (1859-1918)

Blacksmith, hotelier.

Born on a farm at Walton, Huron County, Ontario on 17 March 1859, son of Robert Dennison, he apprenticed and worked as a blacksmith for 11 years before coming to Manitoba in 1884 and operating a blacksmith shop at Glenboro for two years. He then engaged in a machine and livery business until 1895 when he opened the Leland Hotel at Glenboro. In 1900 he moved to Souris where he operated the Transit House for three years, sold it and moved to Brandon to lease the Imperial Hotel for 18 months. For another 18 months he operated the Starkey House at Carman. In 1905 he disposed of his interests at Carman and returned to Brandon where he purchased the Imperial Hotel from Donald C. McKinnon. On 18 February 1887, he married Elizabeth Riley (1862-1940) of Ontario. They had two children: Mary Gladys Dennison (1889-1960, wife of Wilfrid Seymour Peters) and Albert Dennison. He died at Souris on 4 January 1918 and was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

“Souris citizen dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 January 1918.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank David Peters for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 December 2020

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