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Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Monnington (1858-1950)

Pioneer, veteran.

Born on the Isle of Man in August 1858, he came to Canada in 1881 and arrived in Winnipeg the following year. One of the men to lay curbing along Main Street for the John Kelly Company, he used to clean the town’s mud streets and helped build Ashdown’s hardware store. He moved from Winnipeg to Gladstone around 1887. Two years later, he relocated to Neepawa where he worked in the power plant for 32 years. He retired around 1936.

An honorary life member of the Canadian Legion, he served with the 90th regiment (later the Royal Winnipeg Rifles) in the Northwest Rebellion. He was also a charter member of the Army and Navy Veterans Association.

On 3 August 1886 at Winnipeg, he married Florence Robertson (?-1936). They had four children: Mrs. A. P. Clarke, Sedley Monnington, Mrs. Elsie Saddleton, and Miss M. Monnington. He died at Neepawa on 7 January 1950 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Early resident of Winnipeg, Riel Rebellion veteran dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 129]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 17 August 2010

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