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 1939 when he went to Brandon and worked in the Land Titles Office there until 1942. He returned to Virden as a Police Magistrate.
On 22 June 1909, he married Eva Louise West (1882-1975) at Winnipeg. They had four sons: John West Chalmers (1910-?), Frederick William Chalmers (1912-?), Herbert James Chalmers (1916-?), and Alfred Read Chalmers (1921-?). He served as Mayor of Virden (1922).
He died at Rochester, Minnesota on 1 September 1942 and was buried in the Virden Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1916 and 1921 Canada censuses, Ancestry.
“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1936, page 13.
“Government makes new appointments,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1938, page 3.
“J. H. Chalmers likely to succeed H. L. Rixon as Registrar in city,” Brandon Sun, 1 August 1939, page 2.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 3 September 1942, page 5.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 June 2023