Memorable Manitobans: Charles A. Gerrie (1869-1950)
Born at Guelph, Ontario on 16 November 1869, son of Margaret Bathgate (?-1890) and Robert Gerrie, he was two years old when he arrived aboard the Cheyenne, a steamboat that docked at Fort Garry on 10 June 1872. His first job was at the Grand Union Hotel where he worked with his father (1883-1900). His time there was briefly interrupted in 1885 when, at the age of 15, he served as a bugle boy during the North West Rebellion. He later tried his hand at farming and the dairy business near Rosser for several years. Following his return to Winnipeg, he became inspector of public buildings. He retired around 1930.
An active member of the Winnipeg Conservative Club for nearly 60 years, he was honorary president and honorary life member of the organization. He also belonged to the IOOF, AOUW, and Grand Orange Lodge of Manitoba where he was a life member. He and his wife Emma G. Angle (1871-?) had eight children: Margaret M. “Maggie” Gerrie (1888-?, wife of Basil Smart), Robert Gerrie (1890-?), Charles Lee Gerrie (1891-?), Emma Mary Gerrie (1892-?, wife of E. W. Maher), Grace Mildred Gerrie (1896-1986, wife of Frederick G. Knight and ? Burwell), George Gerrie (1901-?), Beatrice Jean Gerrie (1904-2000, wife of Frank Metcalfe and Stuart Pirie), Dorothy Winifred Gerrie (1911-2001).
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Pioneer of Winnipeg, Charles Gerrie, 80 dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1950, p. 13.
Obituary [Grace Mildred Burwell], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1986, page 37.
We thank James Paskaruk for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 1 June 2018
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