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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Elswood Wilson (1876-?)


Born near Ottawa, Ontario on 16 May 1876, he was educated in the public schools of Brandon, supplemented by studies at Brandon College. He learned blacksmithing with his father, William Wilson, then operated a livery barn for a few years. In 1902 he purchased the Leland Hotel of Carnduff, Saskatchewan and operated it for a year. The next year he came to Killarney and purchased the Leland Hotel there. By early 1921, Wilson had declared bankruptcy and moved to Winnipeg. He had a rental property over a factory that was destroyed by fire. He abandoned his family and moved to British Columbia.

In 1903 he married Rose Steinlie (1887-?) of Chicago. They had three children: William Andrew Wilson (1904-1988), Emerald Mary Wilson (b 1907), and Gretchen Wilson (b 1908).


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Notice to creditors of first meeting where assignment made,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 February 1921, page 34.

We thank Roderick Wilson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2014

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