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Memorable Manitobans: Francis West Rimer (1849-1907)

Click to enlargeBoot and shoe merchant.

Born at Southampton, England on 26 December 1849, son of James Rimer and Elizabeth West, the family emigrated to Canada in 1862 where the father engaged in the lumber business in Quebec. Francis was educated at the University of Ottawa then worked for several years with his father in the lumbering and milling business. In 1879 he came to Winnipeg and worked for three years for Thomas Ryan, after which he formed a business partnership with James J. Kilgour in the firm of Kilgour, Rimer & Company. The retail business operated for ten years but they also started a wholesale business in 1882.

In 1890 he married Mrs. McKenzie, widow of H. E. C. McKenzie of Winnipeg. He was a member of the Masons, the Winnipeg Board of Trade, and the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange.

He died at Winnipeg on 31 December 1907.


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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 January 2010

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