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Memorable Manitobans: William Garland (1856-1901)

Clothing merchant, MLA (1900-1901).

Born in Carleton County, Ontario on 4 December 1845, son of John Garland and Mary Ann Wright, brother of Wright Garland, he began his business career in the employ of the dry goods firm Garland & Matchmore of Ottawa. He came to Winnipeg in 1881 where he worked for R. J. Whitla, moving a year later to Portage la Prairie where he established the retail clothing store of W. Garland & Company. He served six times as Mayor of Portage la Prairie, four of them by acclamation. He was also a town councillor for three years, chairman of the board of works for two years, and one year as chairman of the board of health and charity. He was a charter member of the Portage Board of Trade, of which he was president and vice-president.

He and wife Alice May Howe had three daughters: Elizabeth H. Garland (b 1884), Alice Florence Garland (b 1888), and Mary Ann Garland (b 1890). He was an honorary member of the Independent Order of Foresters.

In poor health, he went to Phoenix, Arizona in October 1901 and died there on 11 November 1901.

More information:

Ella's Ancestors and Kin: Foster, Bennett, Garland, Fleming by Barbara Nethercott, 1997. [Copy in Library and Archives Canada]


1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Wm. Garland, M.P.P., of Portage, Dead” Manitoba Free Press, 13 November 1901, page 8.

We thank John Allan Garland for providing additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 3 September 2009

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