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Memorable Manitobans: James Curran Robinson (1849-1926)

Civil servant.

Born at Burlington, Ontario on 7 January 1849, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and settled at Brandon, later moving to Wawanesa. He came to Winnipeg in 1900. For the last ten years of his life, he was the Inspector of provincial municipal audits. He was married twice, first to Frances Ann Hilliard (1856-1888) and second to Evelyn Lucinda Smiley (1855-1935) in Winnipeg. He had three sons: Roy Clifton Robinson (1884-?), Harold Montgomery Robinson (1888-?), and Homer Smiley Robinson. Active in Methodist churches at each of the places he lived, Robinson served as Sunday School superintendent and, in Winnipeg, secretary of the Sutherland Avenue mission. He died at his Winnipeg home, 120 Niagara Street, on 27 May 1926 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. C. Robinson called suddenly by death,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 May 1926, page 9. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Death registration [Homer Smiley Robinson], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 June 2020

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