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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Cass (1849-1932)

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Edward Cass
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Contractor, builder.

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Edward Cass
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Born at Clemanty Mills, Ireland on 18 September 1849, son of Robert and Catherine Cass, he came to Canada as a boy. He was educated at Ottawa then commenced a career as a bricklaying contractor at Ottawa, in 1872. He came to Winnipeg in 1882. He would eventually be President of the Winnipeg Paint and Glass Company, President of the Northern Canadian Mortgage Company, and Vice-President of the Western Canada Acceptance and Guarantee Insurance Company.

In 1876, he married Katherine McPyke (?-?) of Hull, Quebec. They had three children: Gertrude Cass (1881-?, wife of Frank Lenahan), Roberta Cass (1886-?, wife of Thomas J. Murray), and Edwin Cass (1893-?). He served as a Winnipeg City Alderman from 1909 to 1911, and later a Provincial Commissioner. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Roman Catholic Church. In 1911, he lived at 172 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 August 1932 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





McKerchar Block (with Jon J. Vopni)

600 Main Street, Winnipeg




1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Ed. Cass, pioneer contractor and builder, expires,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1932, page 5. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

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

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

We thank Clare Hargrave for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 January 2021

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