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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur William Chapman (c1866-1956)


Born at Pembroke, Ontario, son of William D. and Margaret Chapman, the family came to Winnipeg in 1876 where he attended the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute. In 1885, he began working for the wholesale grocery business founded by J. J. Codville, rising to becoming Secretary-Treasurer by early in the 20th century.

On 16 June 1891, he married Edith Maude Wade (c1870-1955) at Winnipeg. They had two children: Reed Chapman (1894-?) and Iris Edith Chapman (1909-?, wife of Robert E. Moulden). He was a member of the Masons (Ancient Landmark Lodge), of which he was Illustrious Potentate from 1908 to 1912. He was active in the establishment of the Winnipeg unit of the Shriners’ Hospital for Crippled Children, opened in 1925, serving as first Chair of its Board of Governors. In 1947, he laid the cornerstone of the Shriners Hospital on Wellington Crescent.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 May 1956 and buried in the St. John’s Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 1421 Wellington Crescent, although earlier he had lived at 85 West Gate on Armstrong’s Point, in a home designed by local architect William Fingland.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Chapman House (85 West Gate, Winnipeg)


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituary [Edith Maude Chapman], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1955, page 32.

“Prominent Shriner, A. W. Chapman dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 1956, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2019

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