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Memorable Manitobans: Hamilton Grant McMicken (1852-1919)

Freighter, railroader.

He was born in Queenston, Ontario, on 10 July 1852, the son of Gilbert McMicken. He was educated at St. Catharines. He came to Winnipeg in 1873, travelling by stage from Fargo. He was in the hardware business briefly, but then concentrated on transportation. He operated a stage service from Pembina to Winnipeg, a stage line to Selkirk, livery stables, and carried Indian supplies to the North-West Territories. In 1877 he brought the steamship Lady Ellen from Toronto and had the machinery fitted in Winnipeg. She was put into service on Lake Winnipeg and made one of the latest trips on record, 18 November 1878 through thickening ice from Selkirk to Winnipeg. In 1879 he joined the railway service and served with various companies until 1892 when he moved to Toronto with the Great Northern Railway. In 1898 he went to London with that company as European traffic agent, and died there on 9 April 1919.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2015

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