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Memorable Manitobans: Franklin Arthur “Frank” Thomson (1869-1951)

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Franklin Arthur Thomson
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Farmer, builder.

Born in Ontario on 12 September 1869, he came to Austin about 1890 to join his brother, Herbert, the town’s first pharmacist. In 1893, he married Lillian Harding (1874-1941) at Austin. They later had four children. The family lived at Altamont for a few years but returned to farm in the Ravenshoe district. He acquired more land and established a gravel and concrete block-making business. He built the Argyle Hotel at Austin using his concrete blocks. He died at Austin in 1951 and was buried in the Austin Cemetery.

Some of the buildings that he constructed:

Building

Location

Year

Booth Concrete Granary

Municipality of North Norfolk

?

Nelson Concrete House

Municipality of North Norfolk

?

Price Concrete Barn

Municipality of North Norfolk

?

Ritzer House

Municipality of North Norfolk

1906

Thomson Concrete Barn

Municipality of North Norfolk

1908

A. E. Gardiner Building

116 Main Street, Carberry

?

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the R.M. of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee, North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 558.

We thank Chad Bodnarchuck and Neil Christoffersen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2019

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