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Memorable Manitobans: John Cram Gordon (1855-1923)


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.


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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