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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Bridge (1868-1951)

Implement dealer, municipal official.

Born at Bolton, Lancashire, England on 30 September 1868, son of Joseph William Bridge and Henrietta Louisa Jackson, the family immigrated to Canada in 1883, arriving at Winnipeg where the father opened a tailor shop, later buying farm land near Sanford. Bridge left the family farm in 1884 and moved to Carman where he farmed then, in 1902, opened an implements dealership in partnership with Charles Montgomery. In 1910, Montgomery retired in ill health and was replaced by James McCullough. They sold agricultural equipment and Ford automobiles. He retired from business in 1948.

On 12 February 1896 he married Martha McCullough, daughter of John McCullough, at Carman. They had five children: Frank Howard Bridge (b 1897), Reginald Clifford Bridge (b 1900), Maurice Jackson Bridge (b 1903), Helen Muriel Bridge (b 1906), and John William Bridge (b 1912). Active in municipal affairs, he was a police magistrate from 1915 to 1920, and served on the Carman town council for 15 years. From 1914 to 1916, he was Mayor of Carman. He served on the Carman Hospital Board and was Secretary-Treasurer of the Carman School Board from 1903 to 1948. He was a member of the IOOF, Graysville Orange Lodge, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Carman Curling Club, and Carman Golf Club.

He died at Carman on 22 March 1951 and was buried in Carman Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Carman school board secretary serving 45th year”, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1948, page 4.

“Frank Bridge, ex-Carman Mayor dies at 82 years”, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1951, page 9.

We thank Deborah Bridge for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 December 2012

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