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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur F. Higgins (1864-?)

General merchant.

Born at St. Johns, New Brunswick on 24 July 1864, son of Alex R. Higgins, he spent his childhood at Annapolis, Nova Scotia. He came to Manitoba at the age of 17 and joined his father at Morris. He worked for four years working for Lawrie Brothers then took up a homestead claim at Waskada, Saskatchewan. He worked there for thre years then taught school for a year. In 1888 he came to Roland, Manitoba as manager of a branch store for his former employers, the Lawrie Brothers, serving until 1892 when he went into partnership with Henry Webster in his own store, buying the Lawrie store and operating it as Higgins and Webster. In 1907 they bought the original Lawrie store at Morris, operating it until 1912 when Higgins bought out his partner and changed the name of the firm to A. F. Higgins Company. He also served as a director of the Occidental Insurance Company of Wawanesa and the Occidental Trust Company of Wawanesa.

In July 1891 he married Jessie McKenzie of Guelph, Ontario. They had eight children: Harry S. Higgins, Gertrude Higgins, Frank Higgins, Edith Higgins, Eleanor Higgins, Reeda Higgins, Kenneth Higgins, and Jessie Higgins. He was a member of the IOOF and Canadian Order of Foresters, and served on the Roland school board.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2010

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