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Memorable Manitobans: Adoniram Cates (1842-1905)

Farmer, soldier, municial official.

Born at Wakefield, Quebec, he served as a Major in the 43rd Regiment of the Standing Army. Shortly after the Canadian Pacific Railway reached Winnipeg in the early 1880s, he arrived in Manitoba with his three sons: Rufus Cates, and Nicholas Cates (1871-1966), and Alexander K. Cates. They bought cattle and, in the summer of 1883, drove a team of horses from Brandon to a homestead on the west half of 22-4-25W, in what would later become Napinka in the Rural Municipality of Brenda. It is said that he named the municipality for his daughter. In 1885, during the North West Rebellion, he enlisted as a Captain in the 91st Battalion of the Winnipeg Rifles. He was the Reeve of Brenda in 1890. In 1891, with the arrival of a railway in the area, he built a store. He served as the postmaster of Napinka from 1892 to 1901, but was dismissed for political partisanship.


Obituary [Nicholas Cates], Brandon Sun, 21 March 1966, page 13.

Bridging Brenda: The History of Brenda Municipality and Area by Brenda History Committee, 1990.

Post Offices and Postmasters of Canada, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2013

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