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Memorable Manitobans: Roper Galloway (1855-1924)

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Roper Galloway
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General merchant.

Born at Polmont, Scotland on 4 July 1855, son of William and Agnes Galloway, he came to Canada in 1875, settling at Ontario where, for a few years, he worked in the dry goods business.

He came to Manitoba in 1881 with his brother William Galloway and established a general store at Gladstone under the name of Galloway Brothers. A large part of their business was providing meat to railway construction companies. He served as a member of the Gladstone town council for twenty years and two terms as Mayor of Gladstone between 1904 and 1907.

In 1882, he married Margaret Erb Gowanlock (1855-1922) of Paris, Ontario. They had two daughters: Nina Elizabeth Galloway (1883-1963, wife of Frederick Todd Cadham) and Margaret Agnes Galloway (1885-1966, wife of Henry Oliver McDiarmid).

He died at Brandon on 10 November 1924 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Galloway Brothers Department Store (37 Morris Avenue, Gladstone)

Sources:

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

“Gladstone mourns beloved pioneer,” Gladstone Age, 28 September 1922, page 1.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. Henry O. McDiarmid, Brandon specialist dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2021

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