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Memorable Manitobans: Lisgar Lorne Lang (1871-1939)


Born in Millbrook, Ontario, he came to Winnipeg with his mother and brother in June 1881 and proceeded immediately to Brandon where he lived for nine years. Returning to Winnipeg in 1890, he met and began working for W. D. Russell, then a leading bookseller in the city. He later became a partner in the renamed firm of Russell-Lang and Company. The store on Portage Avenue became a meeting place for the Winnipeg’s leading citizens. He was also a shareholder in the St. Charles Country Club and the Winnipeg Winter Club. He retired from the presidency of his company in April 1932 and moved to Toronto, where he established a chain of circulating libraries. His Winnipeg bookstore closed in 1937.

His Winnipeg residence was designed by architect J. H. G. Russell.

He died at Cobourg, Ontario on 2 October 1939.


“Lisgar L. Lang, veteran local bookseller, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 October 1939. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 October 2013

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