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Memorable Manitobans: James Haynes Dobson (1850-1897)

Agent, school official.

Born at Yorkville, Ontario on 6 September 1850, he came to Manitoba as a member of the 1870 Wolseley Expedition, as a Sergeant of the First Ontario Rifles. He returned to Ontario but came back again in 1872 as a member of a “provisional battalion” stationed at Winnipeg. He later worked as a builder, then became an agent for the Dominion Express Company. From 1893 to the time of his death, he was an active member of the Winnipeg School Board, and he was also a member of the Knights of Pythias and AOUW. He died at Winnipeg, from complications due to diabetes which he had suffered for ten years, on 23 March 1897. He left a widow and one child. He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


“City and general”, Manitoba Free Press, 23 March 1897, page 8.

“James H. Dobson dead”, Manitoba Free Press, 24 March 1897, page 1.

Annual Report 1897, Winnipeg Public School District No. 1, Legislative Library of Manitoba, page 49.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 November 2011

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