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Memorable Manitobans: William Chalmers (1868-?)

Merchant, municipal official.

Born at Sarnia, Lambton County, Ontario on 13 November 1868, son of Robert S. Chalmers and Helen McLaggan, he was educated at Sarnia before his family came to Manitoba in 1879 and settled at Emerson where his father was in the hardware business and a candidate in the 1883 provincial election. He was for a time in the implement business with Westbrook and Fairchild, later with Deering Harvester Company, and still later with his brother in the hardware business at Manitou. He moved to Deloraine in 1902 where he was a merchant.

On 16 May 1900, he married Christina Della Edmondson (?-?) at Portage la Prairie and they had seven children: Ruth C. Chalmers (1901-?), William Edmond Chalmers (1902-?), Edith Lyle Chalmers (1904-?), Earla Helen Chalmers (1908-?), John Watson Chalmers (1911-?), Alma Mary Chalmers (1913-?), and Kenneth Chalmers (1916-?). He was a member of the Deloraine town council (1907-1908) and Mayor of Deloraine (1909-1910, 1921-1922, 1924-1925). In the 1922 provincial general election, he was a Conservative candidate for the Deloraine constituency, being defeated by Duncan S. McLeod and Robert S. Thornton. He was a life member of the Manitoba Curling Association and a member of the Masons and Baptist church.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 June 2018

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