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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nelson / Nelsonville Town Site (RM of Stanley)

In 1877, Adam Nelson built a grist mill on Silver Creek marking the beginning of Nelson. The year 1882 saw Nelson an incorporated town of over 1,000 people. It was the judicial county seat for Dufferin County, and it had a land titles office, saw mill, grist mill, and cheese factory. Its weekly newspaper, The Mountaineer, was published from 1880 to 1885. Nelson was on a regular stagecoach route to Miami, Lintrathen, Campbellville, Carman, Salterville, Warrington, Lowestoft, and Opewaka. It had Anglican, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, and supported lodges of the Masons, Orange Order, IOOF, and Royal Templars of Temperance.

The Canadian Pacific Railway bypassed Nelson in 1883 and the people gradually moved their business places and homes to other locations, the majority going the Morden. One of the buildings abandoned at the site was the courthouse which, being a substantial brick structure, could not be moved. The last building was moved away in 1905. The community was later named Dunston. In 1958 this commemorative plaque was erected in memory of the pioneers under the auspices of the Dunston community.

Nelson Monument

Nelson monument (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.26665, W98.18175
denoted by symbol on the map above

Nelson Residents (1884)

This list of Nelson residents is drawn from the 1884 Henderson’s Directory and Gazetteer.

Resident

Occupation

James Aitkens

Contractor

Alan Joseph Adamson (1857-1928)

Farmer

E. M. Allen

Blacksmith (Allen & McIntyre)

Edward A. Bailey (1837-1918)

Editor

George Beasley

Plasterer (Brunsden & Beasley)

Walter Blanchard

Bailiff

J. T. Blowey

Furniture

James Rippoth Bonny (1850-1924)

Civil servant

Richard Brunsden

Plasterer (Brunsden & Beasley)

Con Clerihue

General store

James Clerihue

General store

George Cochrane

 

J. J. Cochrane

Deputy sheriff

William E. Cochrane

Shoemaker

C. F. Collins

Clerk of Carlton Municipality

J. Colpitts

Cleric

Thomas Seymour Coppinger (1860-1940)

General store (Meikle & Coppinger)

Thomas Duncan (c1850-1910)

Blacksmith

C. R. Dunsford

Banker

Albert Eaton

Real estate agent

David Ferguson

Carriage maker

Norton Flemming

Miller

John Fox

Contractor

James Hugh Fraser (c1927-1899)

Miller

Julius Frazelle Galbraith (1854-1934)

Publisher, Mountaineer

W. Garrett

Blacksmith

T. B. Godfrey

Hardware

W. M. Haley

General store (Haley & Sutton)

A. Harris

Agricultural implements (A. Harris & Son)

John Henderson Haverson (1854-1932)

Barrister

James Aaron Hobbs (1863-1932)

Pharmacist

Fremont Irwin

Agent

J. P. Irwin

Agent

G. J. Jackson

Photographer

Alexander Johns

Hotelkeeper (Johns Brothers)

M. C. Johns

Hotelkeeper (Johns Brothers)

Andrew Laughlin

Registrar

George Leary

Postmaster

H. S. Lemon

Barrister

Corbet Locke (1854-1932)

Barrister

G. T. Lundy

Hotelkeeper

H. B. Martin

Professor of music

James McCann

Bartender

Benjamin James McConnell (1861-1923)

Physician

John McGregor

Harness maker

H. McIntyre

Blacksmith

John Brown McLaren (1855-1916)

Barrister

Harry Meikle (1857-1931)

General store (Meikle & Coppinger)

William Morrison

Builder

Wilfred Pirt

Agent

Johnston Rinn

Livery stable

Joseph Rinn

Stage proprietor

M. B. Rombough, DLS

Land surveyor

George Ruddell

Carpenter

John Henry Ruddell (1859-1906)

Harness maker

William Hall Salts (1856-?)

Hotelkeeper

William Steele

Cabinet maker

W. J. Sutton

Banker (Haley & Sutton)

T. Underwood

Carriage maker

J. T. West

Watchmaker

James G. West

Auctioneer

David Henry Wilson (1855-1926)

Physician

Robert Wilson

Physician

T. N. Wilson

Cleric

See also:

A Manitoba Ghost Town by Hartwell Bowsfield
Manitoba Pageant, September 1956

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nelsonville Cemetery (RM of Stanley)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mountain City (RM of Stanley)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dunston Community Hall (RM of Thompson)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stephen Town Site (RM of Stanley)

Sources:

Henderson’s Manitoba and North-West Gazetteer and Directory, 1884. Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Judge Locke, aged Manitoba jurist, dies in Vancouver,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1932, page 10.

“Evacuation of Nelson” by Howard Winkler, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1953, page 25.

“Cairn will mark site of Nelson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1958, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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