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Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Oldfield (1857-1924)

Financial and real estate agent.

Born at Norfolk, England on 7 February 1857, son of Henry Oldfield and Emma Griffin, he came to Winnipeg in 1879. He formed an investment firm in 1881 that later became known as Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner. On 26 March 1885, he married Emma Louise Inman (1855-1925) of Winnipeg. They had four children: Kathleen Emma Louise Oldfield (1886-1947), Henry Clarence Oldfield (1889-?), Edmund Oldfield (1892-1958), and Herbert Lionel Oldfield (1893-1918). He retired to Victoria, British Columbia where he died at his home on 15 October 1924.

See also:

Manitoba Business: Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner Building (234 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carlton Building (354 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

“Founder of old firm is dead at Victoria,” newspaper clipping dated 16 October 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

John Henry Oldfield, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2020

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