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Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Alvin Robinson (1860-1944)

Real estate and insurance agent.

Born at Blenheim, Ontario on 6 June 1860, son of Henry and Julia A. Robinson, he worked at a bank owned by his father in Leamington, Ontario before coming to Manitoba in 1890. In 1899, he organized the Empire Brewing Company at Brandon and operated it for six years as Managing Director. He quit the company in 1906 and opened a real estate and financial agency, later operated in partnership with his son Edwin.

He was married twice, first to Hannah Maud Awtry (?-?) with whom he had two sons: Henry Awtry “Harry” Robinson (1894-1918) and Edwin Burt Robinson (1897-1974). On 15 May 1907, he married Mabel Mary Evans (1880-1969, eldest daughter of Ezekiel Evans) at Brandon. He was a member of the Brandon Club and St. Matthews Anglican Church. He served on the executive committee of the Publicity Bureau of Brandon and held a life governorship for the Brandon General Hospital.

He died at his Brandon home, 707 Louise Avenue, on 5 June 1944 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Villa Louise / Fleming House (707 Louise Avenue, Brandon)


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

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 6 June 1944, page 10.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 March 2021

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