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Memorable Manitobans: Newman Fletcher Calder (1858-1927)

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N. F. Calder
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Born at Grimsby, Ontario on 23 May 1858, son of J. F. and Margaret Calder, in 1894 he came to Winnipeg from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He bought the photo supplies business of his father-in-law, Simon Duffin, in 1900 and operated it until 1926 when he sold out to the Eastman Kodak Company.

On 8 January 1885, he married Josephine Duffin (1865-1903), daughter of Simon Duffin, of Winnipeg. They had one son, Arnold Duffin Calder (1903-1905) but his wife died from childbirth complications. On 14 June 1905, Calder married again, to Lillian M. Calder (c1878-1962). They had two children: N. Ross Calder and Shirley Calder (wife of Donald C. Dingwall). He was a member of the Masons, Khartoum Shrine, Rotary Club, St. Andrew’s Society, and Carleton Club. A long-time owner of a cottage at Whytewold Beach on Lake Winnipeg, for two years, he was President of the Whytewold Beach Club and also Secretary of the Whytewold Improvement Company.

He died of spinal meningitis at his Winnipeg home, 17 Harvard Avenue, on 26 August 1927 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“Personal paragraphs”, Manitoba Free Press, 27 March 1894, page 6.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Social and personal,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 October 1903, page 10.

Birth registration [Arnold Duffin Calder], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Deaths-Calder,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 December 1903, page 13.

“Calder-Calder,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 June 1905, page 4.

“N. F. Calder is dead after year’s illness,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 August 1927, page 6.

Obituary [Lillian M. Calder], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1962, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 May 2013

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