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Memorable Manitobans: John Love (1856-1939)

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John Love
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Grain merchant.

Born at Manchester, England on 29 February 1856, son of James Love and Mary Hall, he emigrated to Canada in 1884 and went to the North West Territories where he engaged in storekeeping, lumbering and private banking. In 1897 he came to Winnipeg and organized the grain and elevator company of Bready, Love & Tryon. In 1899 it was incorporated as the Winnipeg Elevator Company. He became president and general manager of the company in 1903. Two years later, he was elected president of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. He was also president of the Prairie Lumber Company and the Empire Sash and Door Company. In 1904, Love, along with other Winnipeg grain merchants Samuel Peck Clark, Alexander Reid, William Henry McWilliams, and William Wallace McMillan, formed the North-West Grain Dealers’ Association.

In 1903 he married Florence Selma Enticknap of Manchester, England. They had four children: John Percival Love, James Ellis Love, Jessie Love, and Marion Love.

He died at Northwood, Middlesex, England on 2 August 1939.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Manitoba Vital Statistics.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

“John Love Estate Valued at $295,210,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1940, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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