Memorable Manitobans: James Robert Gowler (1858-1920)
Grocer, municipal official.
Born at Headingley on 19 June 1858, son of Oliver Gowler and Mary Braybrook Gowler, he was educated at Headingley. He came to Winnipeg in 1880 and commenced a grocery business in 1886, from which he retired in 1917. He spent his retirement managing farms which he owned. He served as a Winnipeg City Alderman from 1906 to 1912.
In 1879, he married Margaret McLennan (1861-1929) of Headingley. They had two sons and four daughters. He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, Liberal party, and Methodist church. An avid curler, he was President of the Thistle Curling Club (1905-1906).
He died at his Winnipeg residence on 19 December 1920, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
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.
“J. R. Gowler Is death victim,” newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
“Ex-Ald. Gowler’s death due to heart disease,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1920, page 7.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Margaret Gowler], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 April 2022