Memorable Manitobans: George Alexander Paterson (1868-1941)
Born at Kingston, Ontario on 1 April 1868, son of Robert Drummond Paterson and Emma Andrews (?-1877), brother of Francis Charles Paterson, he came with his family to Winnipeg in June 1872 where his father worked as a contractor and builder. He moved to Brandon in 1884 where he worked in the railway express and telegraph office. In 1889, he became Manager of the Brandon gas and electric light plant, rising to become Vice-President and Managing Director of the Brandon Electric Light Company. He continued with the company when it was taken over by the Manitoba Power Commission in 1930.
On 20 July 1892, he married Margaret Bell (1868-1951, sister of William Bell) at Brandon and they had four daughters: Dorothy Eveline Paterson (1895-1968, wife of Harry Karl Groff), Edith Louise Paterson (1897-1984, wife of Lloyd Douglas Shewan), Grace Margaret Paterson (1904-?, wife of W. Carpentier), and Jean Elizabeth Paterson (1906-1997, wife of William Stordy).
He died at Brandon on 30 October 1941 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“G. A. Paterson, 73, dies at Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1941, page 6.
Obituary [Dorothy Groff], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1968, page 14.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 October 2021