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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Hurst Wilson (1861-1924)

Furniture merchant.

Born in Dufferin County, Ontario on 7 June 1861, brother of Robert J. Wilson, he came to Manitoba in 1881 and graduated from Manitoba College. He started the Wilson Furniture Company in 1883. Ill health compelled him to retire from business in 1906 and afterwards he lived periodically in Winnipeg and Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 1887 he married Edna Margaret “Maggie” Warner (1870-1908), youngest daughter of William and Mary Warner, at Montgomery, North West Territories [now Saskatchewan]. The Wilsons had five children: Nettie H. Wilson (b 1889), Sergia Mercedes Wilson (b 1890), Claude Melmot Wilson (1898-1918), George A. Wilson (1898-1973), and Edna Wilson (b 1904). After his wife’s death, he adopted Violet Wilson (b 1888). In 1918, he married Mildred Buchanan. He served on the Winnipeg city council from 1898 to 1899. He was a member of the AF & AM (Ancient Landmark Lodge No. 3) and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

He died at his home in Vancouver on 24 September 1924.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer of Winnipeg succumbs at coast”, Manitoba Free Press, 26 September 1924, page 19.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 26 September 1924, page 19.

We thank Valerie McCully and Charlene Enns for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2011

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