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Memorable Manitobans: John Ernest Coulter (1869-1929)


Born in Huntington County, Quebec on 17 January 1869, son of James and Mary Jane Coulter, his family came to Manitoba when he was young, and homesteaded near Nelson. He was educated locally and at the Winnipeg Collegiate, Manitoba College, and Manitoba Medical College. In 1895, he opened a medical practise at Pierre, South Dakota where was also a member of the consulting staff of St. Mary’s Hospital, and for nine years a surgeon for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway. He returned to Winnipeg in 1905 where he lived for the remainder of his life, serving on the staff of Grace Maternity Hospital.

He served as Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1916-1929), a member of the College’s Council, and four years as Treasurer. He was its President in 1914. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Manitoba Alumni Association (1907). In 1902, he married Fanny B. Bradley of Desmet, South Dakota. They had two sons and one daughter. In 1911, the family lived at 632 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg. They later lived at 72 Maryland Avenue. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Adanac Club, AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge), IOOF, and Conservative party. His recreations included hunting, motoring, and skating.

He died at Winnipeg on 2 November 1929.

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba 1912 License Plate Project


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Brown and Gold, University of Manitoba Yearbook, 1930, page 5.

“Dr. J. E. Coulter, prominent city physician, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 November 1929. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2017

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