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Memorable Manitobans: James Henderson Chalmers (1876-1942)

Lawyer, municipal official, civil servant.

Born at Milbank, Ontario on 7 April 1876, he moved to Virden in 1912 where he practiced law. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1929. In 1932, he was appointed District Registrar at the Virden Land Titles Office, serving until 1938 when he moved to Boissevain. He was Deputy District Registrar at the Boissevain Land Titles Office until 1940 when he went to Brandon and worked in the Land Titles Office there until 1941. He returned to Virden as a Police Magistrate.

On 22 June 1909, he married Eva Louise West (c1884-?) at Winnipeg. They had four sons: John West Chalmers (b 1910), Frederick William Chalmers (b 1912), Herbert James Chalmers (b 1916), and Alfred Read Chalmers (b 1921). He served as Mayor of Virden (1922).

He died at Rochester on 1 September 1942 and was buried at Virden.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 and 1921 Canada censes, Ancestry.

“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1936, page 13.

“Government makes new appointments,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1938, page 3.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 3 September 1942, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2014

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