Academic journal article Manitoba History

Samuel J. Jackson (1848-1942)

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Samuel J. Jackson (1848-1942)

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Samuel Jackson was born in Stradbailey, Queen's County, Ireland in 1848. As a two year old he was brought to the Brampton area west of Toronto by his father. By 1867 the young Jackson had gained commercial experience in Norwich and then departed for Manitoba in 1871 via the St. Paul route. Almost immediately he showed interest in the Grassmere area where he made `pencil entries' for land. In 1872 he worked as a clerk for Mr. John Higgins of Winnipeg but In 1876 left Higgins to join Cue, Stobart and Co. He was then sent abroad to London to buy import goods for the retail trade. Upon his return he bought in with his old employer, becoming a partner in the firm Higgins, Young and Jackson. Their business was apparantly the first to ship grain out of the west to eastern Canada. Jackson maintained the partnership until he relocated to Stonewall in 1881 with his wife, the former Ida Clark, whom he had married in 1878.

After 1879 Jackson did much to foster the commercial identity of the town through promotion of quarry development. …

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