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Memorable Manitobans: Harvey Alfred “Honey” Cochlan (1894-1967)

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Harvey Alfred Cochlan
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Municipal official.

Born at Melita on 9 July 1894, son of Alfred Cochlan (1860-1934) and Emma Rose Crane (1866-1934), in his youth he was an outstanding baseball player, being catcher of the famed Brandon Greys. He remained a keen golfer and curler for the rest of his life. He later moved to Winnipeg then to Morden in 1935 and was elected Mayor of Morden in 1953, serving for 12 years. He was a Conservative candidate for the Manitou-Morden constituency in the 1949 provincial generation election.

On 2 April 1919, he married Mabel Ruth “Doll” Kelly (?-1969) at Melita and they had two daughters: Gladys P. Cochlan (1920-1996, wife of Gerald Hartford Biehl) and Frances Alfreda “Fran” Cochlan (1921-2009 wife of Wallace D. Cram). He served as a President of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities (1959-1960) and Vice-President of the Pembina Regional Development Area, comprising 13 municipalities in south-central Manitoba. In 1964, he was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award for meritoriuous community service.

He died suddenly in Winnipeg on 3 October 1967 and was buried in Morden’s Hillside Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. E. Cochlan, west resident 53 years, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 January 1934, page 6.

Obituary [Emma Rose Cochlan], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1934, page 17.

“Pioneer dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1934, page 2.

“Cram - Cochlan,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 June 1944, page 11.

“9 Golden Boys and Golden Gal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1963, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1967, page 33.

“In the record books,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1967, page 50.

Obituary [Mabel Ruth Cochlan], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1969, page 40.

Obituary [Frances Alfreda Cram], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 2009.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 July 2018

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