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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Eugene Couture (1898-1958)

Building contractor.

Born in the RM of Montcalm on 8 May 1898, son of farmers Elzear Couture (1864-1925) and Eugenie Lauze (1875-?), he attended St. Boniface College and received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba (1919). After studying engineering at McGill University, he founded the construction firm of Couture and Toupin in 1931. He was active in the Winnipeg Builders Exchange and Canadian Construction Association. On 27 June 1927, he married Veronica Sarah Monica “Vera” Bernhart (1900-1962, daughter of Joseph Bernhart) at Winnipeg and they had three children. He was a member of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, Carleton Club, and St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 19 September 1958 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

See also:

Manitoba Business: Couture & Toupin


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“City contractor, J. E. Couture dies aged 60,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1958, page 35.

“Notice to creditors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 May 1962, page 24.

Obituary [Paul Eugene Couture], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 2017.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2020

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