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Memorable Manitobans: Justin Joseph Golden (1844-1931)

Auctioneer, civil servant, naturalist.

Born at York County, Ontario on 23 December 1844, son of Michael and Sarah Golden, he was educated at Weston, Ontario. He commenced farming in York Township, Ontario in 1858 and came to Winnipeg in 1880 where he worked as an auctioneer. He was an Opposition candidate for the North Winnipeg constituency in the 1888 provincial general election and served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Immigration from 1889 to 1915. A keen naturalist, he was a founding member and President (1924-1924) of the Natural History Society of Manitoba. In 1872, he married Maggie Egan (?-?) of Toronto. They had one son and one daughter. He was a member of the Adanac Club. Recreation: shooting. Conservative: Roman Catholic. In 1911, he lived at 188 Smith Street, Winnipeg. He died at his Winnipeg home on 10 November 1931 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Justin Golden, resident here 51 years, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 November 1931, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 October 2018

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