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Memorable Manitobans: Gilbert Daniel Wilson (1863-1900)

Educator, editor.

Born at St. Mary’s, Ontario on 1 March 1863, he graduated from the University of Toronto (BA 1886) and studied at the School of Pedagogy before teaching classics at Ridgetown Collegiate Institute, followed with tenure as Principal of Glencoe Collegiate Institute. In September 1892, he came to Brandon as Principal of the Brandon Collegiate Institute. He resigned in May 1897 to become Manager of the Western Publishing Company and Editor of the Brandon Sun.

On 2 January 1889, he married Venephe Howard (?-?) at Toronto, Ontario. They had five children. He was a school trustee for the Brandon School District and served on the Advisory Board of Education, University Council, and as Editor of the Educational Journal of Western Canada and The Western Sun.

He died at Brandon on 6 August 1900 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Opening of the schools,” Brandon Sun, 8 September 1892, page 8.

“School board,” Brandon Sun, 29 September 1892, page 8.

“Manitoba teachers,” Brandon Sun, 14 September 1893, page 5.

“City School Board,” Brandon Sun, 7 December 1893, page 2.

“Address and presentation,” Brandon Sun, 13 May 1897, page 5.

Obituary, Brandon Daily Sun, 7 August 1900, page 1.

“Laid to rest,” Brandon Daily Sun, 8 August 1900, page 4.

Obituary, The Western Sun [Brandon], 9 August 1900, page 1.

“The Brandon Sun. Founded 95 years ago, The Sun grows with Brandon,”Brandon Sun, 18 January 1977, page 5.

Burial transcriptions, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 December 2021

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