George Manning [ 1838 (Approx.) - 1892 ]

George Manning is listed as a 33 year-old, Ontario-born farmer in the 1871 Census of Victoria County. He began operating a tannery business1 about 18712, and continued dealing with “leather of different kinds” until 1880 when it was sold to William Fielding [CP 12 March 1880: 3].

Around 1881 he opened a store on Colborne St. for groceries, shoes, and other dry goods1. He lost almost everything in the fire of April 1884 [FFG 26 April 1884; 2]. Manning determined to retire from mercantile life and disposed of the whole of his stock of boots and shoes to R.M. Butler and the groceries to Joseph McFarland [VW 9 May 1884; 8]. He certainly maintained some contact with Fenelon Falls, as he is listed as a “Peddler” in the January 1890 edition of D&B. He died on March 28th, 1892, aged 57 years, 10 months and 3 days, and was buried in the Fenelon Falls Cemetery.

461 The tannery was commonly known as the Fenelon Falls Tannery.

462 The 1871 Census states that this was “the first year for this establishment”. Manning was the only employee, and dealt with “leather of different kinds.”

463 There is a brief reference to this business in FFG 13 Aug 1881; 2.

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