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Memorable Manitobans: James Belfry Henderson (1859-1934)

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James Belfry Henderson
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Born at Hollen, Ontario on 22 January 1859, son of Walter and Johan Henderson, brother of John C. Henderson, he moved to Harriston, Ontario, moving to Winnipeg in 1881. He operated a general store under the name of Logan & Henderson at Portage la Prairie and Strome & Henderson at Carberry between 1881 and 1886. He then went into the real estate business at Portage la Prairie. In 1902, he moved to Winnipeg where he established the Selkirk and Northern Land Company, with himself as Vice-President. He was also a Director of the Western Canada Realty Company, Canada West Securities Corporation, and Dominion American Land Company. In 1911, he was Manager and Director, First National Realty Company, Bank of Nova Scotia Building, Winnipeg. He owned land at Minaki, Ontario and also in west Winnipeg in partnership with Lendrum McMeans.

In 1884, he married Martha Ann Riesberry (1861-1927) at Harriston, Ontario and they had five daughters: Edna Maud Henderson (1885-?, wife of Charles G. Stewart), Stella Walker Henderson (1888-1955, wife of Frederick George Thompson), Ruby Martha Henderson (1892-?, wife of Jay Bender Priestman, namesake for Ruby Street in Winnipeg), Lelia Henderson (1894-?), and Blanche Henderson (1896-?). He served as Mayor of Carberry in 1891. He was proprietor of the Carberry News, the first newspaper published in Carberry, and President of the first Carberry Board of Trade. He was a member of the IOOF, AOUW, Liberal party, and Presbyterian church. In 1911, he lived at 277 River Avenue, Winnipeg.

He died of pneumonia at Winnipeg on 9 October 1934 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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 registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. B. Henderson is dead after long career in west,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1934, page 11.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2019

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