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Memorable Manitobans: Walter E. Chrismas (1850-1923)

Farmer, faith healer.

Known in later years as “Father” Chrismas, he was born in London, England, and came to Canada in 1885. He farmed at Minnedosa, Manitoba, from 1889 to 1897, then at Oxbow, Saskatchewan. He gained repute as an evangelist and faith healer in Winnipeg from 1917 to his death. He was a striking figure with long flowing locks of hair down to his shoulders.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

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