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Memorable Manitobans: James Stoddart Wallace (1865-1944)

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James Stoddart Wallace
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Insurance agent, civil servant.

Born in Scotland in 13 September 1865, he emigrated to Canada in 1884 and arrived at Souris in the fall of 1885. He worked as a cowboy then sold real estate in Calgary before he moved to Winnipeg and found work with the Canada life Assurance Company, becoming its manager in 1897. He was later employed by the Government Liquor Commission where he remained until retirement in 1940.

On 15 December 1897, he married Dora Ethel Gordon Dibble (1872-?) at Winnipeg. They had three children: Gordon Crawford Wallace (b 1899), Jean Cunliffe Wallace (b 1900, wife of Arthur De Jardin), and Frederick Gordon Wallace (b 1907). He was a keen athlete, participating in boxing, fencing, tennis, and hockey. He was a member of the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club and the Winnipeg Cricket Club. For many years he was a member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 July 1944 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“James Stoddart Wallace, early-day sportsman, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 July 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 154]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 July 2016

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