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Memorable Manitobans: John Clare Falls (1854-1924)

Click to enlargeHardware merchant.

Born at Kells, County Meath, Ireland on 10 December 1854, son of Reverend Alexander S. Falls, Canon of Diocese of Huron, Ontario, and Anna Falls. He came to London, Ontario as a boy, in 1859 and was educated at Hellmuth College and the high school at Berlin [Kitchener], Ontario. He commenced in the hardware business at Berlin, coming to Winnipeg in 1892 and engaged with the Wood Vallance hardware firm, of which he became general manager the next year.

In 1879, he married Agnes A. Mackie of Berlin, Ontario. They had one daughter. He was a member of the Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, and AF & AM. Recreation: golf. Conservative; Anglican.

He suffered poor health during his later years, traveling in 1922 to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for an operation and spending time in Bermuda and several winters in Victoria, British Columbia. He died at his Winnipeg home, 36 Roslyn Road, on 11 April 1924 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Falls House (36 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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.

“Hardware Man Passes After Long Illness” Newspaper clipping dated 12 April 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Winnipeg Buildings Index.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2011

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