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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Kippen “Kip” Cates (1877-1946)


Born at Wakefield, Quebec on 14 October 1877, son of Adoniram Cates and Eliza Diana Hamilton (1840-1880), he came to Manitoba with his family in 1882 and was educated at Napinka School. During the Boer War, he served with the Fifth Canadian Mounted Rifles. Returning from military service, in 1905 he received a degree from the University of Manitoba then articled in law with Henry Walter Whitla. In 1908, established a legal practice at Reston and was made a King’s Counsel in 1942. During that period, he served as Chairman of the Reston School Board and the Pipestone Red Cross Society.

On 18 August 1909, he married Elizabeth McFetridge (1884-1970) of Souris and they had four children: Kathleen Ida Phyllis Cates (1910-1965, wife of Andrew Walker Paul), Margurite Elizabeth Cates (1916-?), Charlotte Tannis Cates (1918-?), and Bruce Adoniram Cates (1920-1974). He was a member of the Canadian Club, Masons, and COF. His recreations included tennis, football, curling, and snowshoeing.

He died at Virden on 17 January 1946 and was buried in the Reston Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Northern Who’s Who; A Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women” by Dr. C. W. Parker, 1916.

1926 Canada census, FamilySearch.

“New Year’s honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1942, page 4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 24 January 1946, page 17.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 September 2021

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