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Memorable Manitobans: John Cram Gordon (1855-1923)

Druggist.

Born at Osgoode, Ontario, he worked in Montreal as a druggist before coming to Winnipeg in 1879. He opened a small drug store in the old Wesley Hall on Main Street, later moving the business to a site later occupied by the Royal Alexandra Hotel. Some years later he became partners with W. J. Mitchell in the Gordon-Mitchell Drug Company and they opened a chain of stores around Winnipeg. The company was later taken over by Liggetts and Gordon retired in 1912. He and wife Mary had three children: Graham Gordon (b 1882), Elsie Gordon (b 1885), and Keith Gordon (b 1895). He died at his Winnipeg home on 12 September 1923.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Late J. C. Gordon was prominent druggist, founded the Gordon-Mitchell Drug Co.—came to Winnipeg in 1879,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1923. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2016

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