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Memorable Manitobans: George William Girdlestone (1839-?)

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Born at Thornhill, Ontario in 1839, son of lawyer George William Girdlestone, he was educated at the grammar school in London, Ontario. He later moved, in 1864, to Windsor, Ontario where he engaged in the forwarding business. While residing there, he married Louisa R. Baby in 1866. They had six sons and one daughter. At Windsor, he was chairman of the Board of Public Works, president of the Board of Trade, and for five years president of the Windsor Cricket Club. In 1879, he moved to Winnipeg where he was a director of the Winnipeg Gas Company and the Winnipeg Water Works Company. He sold his interest in both companies then organized and managed the Canadian Pacific Railway Express Company and the the North-West Fire Insurance Company.

Sources:

The Canadian Album, Men of Canada (1894).

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2010

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