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Memorable Manitobans: John James Cochrane (1854-1950)

Pioneer, guide.

Born at Selkirk in 1854, a direct descendant of the Lord Selkirk settlers, he spent most of his life in The Pas. Well known in the area as an adventurous northerner, at the age of 17, he acted as a guide to a party of British parliamentarians through the north. This event was considered influential on British colonial policy. He and his wife Annabella “Bella” Pranteau (1866-1967) had eight children: Howard Lawrence Cochrane (1893-1967), Clifford Cochrane (?-?), John Stanley Cochrane (1910-?), Percy Cochrane (1896-1918), Florence Cochrane (?-?), Helen Isabelle Cochrane (1916-1986, wife of Cliff Leader), Beatrice Olive Hourie (?-?, wife of Alfred Hourie), and Mrs. Alex Stewart (?-?). On 31 March 1950, he died at a hospital in Brandon and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Helped build ‘Fort’, north pioneer dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 April 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 142]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

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