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Memorable Manitobans: William John Hammond (1851-1926)


Born at Brampton, Ontario on 8 April 1851, he left school at the age of 15 years to apprentice for five years in the fur trade. In 1874, he opened a retail hat and fur store in Toronto that operated until 1895 when he moved to Winnipeg. By the early 20th century, he had the distinction of being the only articled furrier in Canada, buying furs from hunters and trappers and exporting to New York and London, England. His company manufactured fur coats at a factory on Main Street. In 1876, he married Delia Atkins of Toronto. They had no children. He was a member of the Carleton Club. He died at Winnipeg on 26 September 1926 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“W. J. Hammond, early day merchant, dead,” undated newspaper clipping [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 October 2014

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