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Memorable Manitobans: Gabriel B. Murphy (1856-1910)

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Gabriel B. Murphy
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Grain and cattle merchant.

Born at Mitchell, Ontario on 18 May 1856, son of Gabriel Murphy and Marian Allcock, brother of William G. Murphy and brother-in-law of J. D. McGregor, he worked for the Great Western Railway after leaving school. In March 1879 he came to Manitoba, arriving on the first train to St. Boniface. He took up a homestead near Pine Creek, on the future site of the town of De Winton. He farmed for four years.

In 1886 he moved to Carberry and became a grain buyer for the Ogilvie Milling Company. He entered the cattle business in 1890 and had a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta. He formed the G. B. Murphy Company in 1903. After acquiring several smaller grain-buying operations, the company was renamed the Province Elevators Company Limited. By 1922 this company owned 48 country elevators. In 1923, Province Elevators purchased the Reliance Grain Company, a subsidiary of Peavey Company of Minneapolis.

On 1 January 1884, he married Martha Armstrong of London, Ontario. They had six children: William Arthur Murphy, Clarence G. Murphy (b 1889), Bertie Armstrong Murphy (b 1890), Hilda Isabel Murphy (b 1893), Aileen E. Murphy (b 1894), and Ross Lyall Murphy (1903-1904). He was a member of the COF and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

He died at Carberry on 22 August 1910.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Murphy Block (29 Main Street, Carberry)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Inglis Grain Elevators (Inglis, RM of Shellmouth-Boulton)

Sources:

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

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Carberry Plains: 75 Years of Progress. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.C36 Car]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2015

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