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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Matheson (1844-1904)

Fur trader.

He was born at Achm a dinock, Ross-shire, Scotland, on 1 January 1844, and died at Fort William, Ontario, on 6 November 1904. He entered the Hudson’s Bay Company’s service in 1861, and was stationed for some 18 years in the Cumberland District, lower Saskatchewan. In 1879 he became manager at Rat Portage, now Kenora, and a few years later, he was transferred to Nipigon House. He later held the charge of Lake Superior District, with headquarters at Fort William, where he died on 6 November 1904. In 1874 Mr. Matheson was promoted to Junior Chief Trader. In 1878 he became a full Chief Trader, and in 1894 he received a Factor’s Commission. He left a wife and ten children to mourn his loss. He was interred beside a young son who died at Nipigon House during his residence there.

Sources:

1906 Annual Report, Manitoba Historical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2018

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