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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Francis Chapman (1865-1956)

Grain merchant.

Born in England on 17 September 1865, he came with his family to Ontario where his parents died when he was six years old. He was adopted by a local farmer and worked on his farm until he was seventeen. He came to Manitoba in January 1882 and took an 80-acre homestead north of what would become Ninga. He was active in farm organizations since 1903, when the Manitoba Grain Growers Association (later the United Farmers of Manitoba) was established. In 1924, he was elected to the first Board of Directors for the Manitoba Wheat Pool, and was the first Vice-President of Manitoba Pool Elevators (1924-1926). He was a charter member of the Canadian Order of Foresters (Ninga Lodge) and served as Chief Ranger for Manitoba. He served several terms on the council for the Rural Municipality of Morton. He died at Souris on 23 March 1956 and was buried in the Ninga Cemetery.

Sources:

“R. F. Chapman buried at Ninga,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1956, page 14.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2021

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