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Memorable Manitobans: Henry William “Harry” Cater (1869-1945)

Merchant, municipal politician, Mayor of Brandon (1915-1918, 1922-1931, 1934-1937).

Born in Whittingdon, Norfolk, England on 4 December 1869, he came to Brandon in 1889. He established a business selling pumps. He served for four years as a Brandon city alderman, then was elected Mayor for the first time in 1915. He was an active delegate to many conventions of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities, serving as its Vice-President in 1925 and 1926. He was a Progressive candidate for Brandon in the 1927 and 1932 provincial general elections. He was President of the Union of Canadian Municipalities for several terms starting in 1930. He was active in the business and community life of Brandon and in welfare projects and veterans' organizations. On 27 August 1907, he married Eliza Jane Heal (1880-?) at Brandon. They had five children: Ruth (1908-?), Nellie (1910-?), Frances (1912-?), Cecil (1913-?), and Herbert (?-?). He died at Brandon on 3 April 1945. He is commemorated by Cater Drive in Brandon.

See also:

Harry Cater: The Personification of the Successful Municipal Politician? by Dr. W. Leland Clark
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 35, 1978-79 Season.

Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 170, Obituary - H. W. Cater.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Western Municipal News, May 1945, page 122.

We thank Pat Allan and Norine Reiser for additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2018

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