Memorable Manitobans: Edward Cass (1849-1932)
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 Catherine McPyke (1853-1943) of Hull, Quebec. They had three children: Gertrude Cass (1881-?, wife of Frank Lenahan), Roberta Alice Cass (1886-1977, wife of Thomas Joseph Murray), and Edwin Gladstone Cass (1893-1985). He served as a Winnipeg City Alderman (1909-1911) and later as a Provincial Commissioner. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Knights of Columbus, and Roman Catholic Church. In 1911, he lived at 172 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
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.
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]
Death registration [Roberta Alice Cass], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Clare Hargrave and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 July 2023