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Memorable Manitobans: George Tackaberry (1874-1937)

Shoe and boot merchant.

Born at Dresden, Ontario on 6 May 1874, Tackaberry learned the shoe repair business before moving to Brandon in 1892. He lived next door to Joe Hall, a professional hockey player who complained about his hockey boots. In 1905, Hall asked Tackaberry if he could make him a pair of hockey boots that would last the season without collapsing. Tackaberry made him a pair, using kangaroo leather anda reinforced toe. The following year Hall was back with orders from other team members and the business took off. The style of boot became known as the Tackaberry. When Tackaberry died on 19 November 1937, his wife sold the patent to CCM, and the boots are still on the market today, commonly known as CCM “Tacks”.

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