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Memorable Manitobans: John Fraser Caldwell (1852-1949)

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John Fraser Caldwell
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Pharmacist, miner.

Born in Lanark County, Ontario on 14 April 1852, son of John Caldwell and Mary Probie Mackenzie Fraser, both of Montreal, he received his education at the Montreal High School, followed by a certificate from the Montreal Military School. He arrived in Winnipeg in 1876 where he conducted a wholesale and retail drug business at the corner of Main Street and McDermot Avenue. In 1878, he was elected the first President of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association. In 1891, he sold his pharmacy business and established the Sultana Gold Mine in the vicinity of Lake of the Woods, which he operated for several years.

On 28 December 1882, he married Mary Everett Wallbridge, niece of Lewis Wallbridge, with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

He died at Winnipeg on 24 May 1949.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

The History of Pharmacy in Manitoba, 1878-1953, compiled by the Historical Committee of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association, 1954.

“Free Press Necrology Files,” Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 February 2016

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