Memorable Manitobans: William Herriot (1862-1943)
Born in Bruce County, Ontario on 16 June 1862, son of John Herriot and Jeanet Murray Scott, he was educated in Bruce County, Ontario. As a young man, he moved to North Dakota where he speculated in farm land. He came to Winnipeg in 1900 and became involved in the grain trade as a partner in the firm of Herriot and Milne, and later with Federal Grain. In his later years, he was President and Managing Director of the Trader's Building Association.
On 6 February 1898, he married Jane Margaret Thomas (1877-1966) with whom he subsequently had four children: Jean Margaret Herriot (1900-?, wife of Thomas Alexander Atkin), Alice Winnifred Herriot (1903-?, wife of John Pritchard Matheson), Ruth Murray Herriot (1905-?, wife of Escott Meredith Reid), and John Kenneth Herriot (1911-1953). He was a member of the Masons and Presbyterian church.
He died at his Winnipeg residence, 40 East Gate, on 3 April 1943 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“W. Herriot, pioneer grain dealer, dead,“ Winnipeg Tribune, 5 April 1943, page 13.
“William Herriot funeral Wednesday,“ Winnipeg Tribune, 6 April 1943, page 11.
Obituary [Jane Margaret Herriot], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1966, page 42.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 December 2021