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Memorable Manitobans: George Anderson Young (1839-1930)

Businessman.

Born at Symington, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 19 August 1839, he emigrated to Canada in 1866 and settled at Toronto where he worked for James Austin, father of A. W. Austin. In 1881 he was sent to Winnipeg to erect a building for the Havergal College, later the Rupert’s Land Ladies’ College, on Carlton Street. When Austin launched the street railway in Winnipeg, Young took over its management. He served as superintendent of Winnipeg’s horse streetcar system in the early 1880s and of the first electric railway that ran from the Main Street bridge over the Assiniboine River to Elm Park, which opened in 1892. He retired in 1904 then worked as a building inspector for the city. He died at Winnipeg on 5 February 1930 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“George A. Young, pioneer, expires,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 February 1930. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 December 2009

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