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Memorable Manitobans: Geoffrey Hitzler Walton (1878-?)

Real estate and financial broker, land developer, builder.

Born at Barbados, British West Indies on 11 August 1878, son of Dr. George O’Donnell and Sarah L. Walton, he was educated at Harrison College Institute in the Barbados. He worked as a plantation overseer in British West Indies before coming to Manitoba in 1898. He founded a real estate and financial brokerage firm in 1903, later going into building construction as president of the Rookery Building Syndicate Company. In 1908, he built the Strathmore Block, later renamed the Athol Apartments. He also built the St. Regis Hotel and Broadway Court. On 4 November 1906, he married Helen Josephine Lyon (?-?, sister of Silas H. R. Lyon) at Winnipeg and they had a son and a daughter. He was a member of the Canadian Club, West India Club (Vice-President), and AF & AM. Recreations: cricket, tennis. Anglican. In 1911, he lived at 300 Balfour Street, Winnipeg.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Obituary [Herbert Redmond Lyon], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1969, page 31.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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