George Edwin TACKABERRY (1874-1937)

Born in Dresden, Ontario on 06 May 1874, he was the son of Benjamin Tackaberry (c1836-1878) and Jane Moore (1841-1919). He learned the shoe repair business before moving to Brandon in 1892. He lived next door to Joe Hall, a professional hockey player who complained about his hockey boots. In 1905, Hall asked Tackaberry if he could make him a pair of hockey boots that would last the season without collapsing. Tackaberry made him a pair, using kangaroo leather and a reinforced toe. The following year Hall was back with orders from other team members and the business took off. The style of boot became known as the Tackaberry.

Shoe and Boot Merchant

On 22 March 1897, he married Helen Christina Weir (1876-1964) at Clifford, Ontario. They had 13 children: Harold Harrison Tackaberry (1898-1974), John Weir Tackaberry (1899-1985), Merran Aleta Tackaberry (1902-1902), Henry Sinclair Tackaberry (1904-?), Edwin Moore Tackaberry (1905-?), Stanley Wilson Tackaberry (1907-1984), George Ernest Tackaberry (1912-?), and Richard Lesley Tackaberry(1916-1982).

He died on 19 November 1937 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. After his death his wife sold the patent to CCM, and the boots are still on the market today. Commonly known as CCM “Tacks”.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Birth and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, Ontario Vital Statistics.
  • Birth Registrations, Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.
  • Grave Marker [Helen Tackaberry], Find a Grave, Memorial #87333659.
  • Obituary [Harold Harrison Tackaberry], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1974.
  • Obituary [John Wier Tackaberry], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1985.
  • Obituary [Stanley Wilson Tackaberry], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1984, page 36.
  • Obituary [Richard Lesley Tackaberry], Edmonton Journal, 07 October 1982, page 12.


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