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Memorable Manitobans: Robert James Howden (1868-1943)

Grain merchant.

Born at Perth, Ontario on 30 September 1868, son of Robert Cleghorn Howden (1836-1897) and Mary Martina Nichol (1840-1918), brother of John P. Howden, he came to Manitoba in 1882. He started in the grain business with the firm of Bready, Love and Tryon, later serving as Secretary-Treasurer when it became the Winnipeg Elevator Company. In later years, he worked in partnership with Benjamin Reade and later by himself. He and wife Margaret A. Howden (1870-?) had two daughters: Dorothy G. Howden (1899-?, wife of Forbes McIntosh) and Margaret N. Howden (1900-?, wife of Noel Smith). He was a member of the Masons and Holy Trinity Anglican Church. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 12 August 1843 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Robert J. Howden, grain broker, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 August 1943, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 13 August 1943, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 November 2018

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