Memorable Manitobans: John Hutchieson Coulter (1889-1941)
Market gardener, community activist.
Born at Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1889, he came to Manitoba in 1904. He returned to Scotland in 1913 and brought wife Eliza Scott Swain (1888-1976) back with him. They had three children: William Hutchison Coulter (1914-1973), Mary Ann Balfour “Maizie” Coulter (1916-2003, wife of Harold H. Raine), and James Swain Coulter (1920-2007). The Coulters operated a market garden in North Kildonan where they developed new varieties of seed as well as a rhubarb variety that was registered under the name of “Coulter.” Their produce won several prizes at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. He served on the council of the Rural Municipality of North Kildonan from its inception in 1926 until 1941, was a founding member of the Carter Avenue Presbyterian Church (later Grey Street United Church), and was an avid supporter and organizer of youth hockey, building a rink on his farm for community use. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 30 August 1941 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1941, page 14.
“John Hutchieson Coulter,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1941, page 16.
Obituary [William Hutchison Coulter], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1973, page 41.
Obituary [Eliza Scott Coulter], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1976, page 38.
Obituary [Mary Ann Balfour Raine], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 2003, page 39.
Obituary [James Swain Coulter], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 2007.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 September 2017
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