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Newspaper: Balsillie - Wetaskiwin

The Edmonton Bulletin
January 2, 1907

Contributed for use in Alberta Digital Archives by Darlene Homme.

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Death of Old Timer
John Balsillie, one of the oldest residents of Winnipeg and a pioneer of the 
stormy days with the Indians, died recently at Winnipeg. He had a stroke of 
paralysis about eith months ago and never fully recovered although he was able 
to move around the house for a short time. Mr. Balsillie was sixty-seven years 
of age and was born in Scotland. At the age of sixteen years he entered the 
employ of the Hudson's Bay company and came to New York on one of their vessels. 
After a year in Pork factory Mr. Balsillie came to Fort Garry, making the trip 
in a York boat, taking about six weeks to go the distance.  He was made chief 
trader of the post in 18-- and left that position to take one in the land 
department, in which he remained for ten years. Since that time he has been 
occupied in - - - accounting. Mrs. Balsillie died in - - -. They had the 
following children: Mrs. H. Allan, Wabaux, Montana; Mrs. T.D. McManus of St. 
Paul; and the Misses Balsillie who are at home; James, in the Hudson's Bay 
company at Fort Laird; Hugh, living at Wetaskiwin; and Jack at home.

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