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Memorable Manitobans: James Fraser (1850-1942)

Farmer, realtor.

Born at Kildonan on 25 January 1850, son of John Fraser and Jane Matheson, he was educated locally and at St. Johns College. He farmed for many years until, around 1907, he moved to Winnipeg and made some real estate business transactions but had mostly retired by 1913. On 25 January 1877, he married Rachel McArthur (1858-?), a daughter of Catherine Gillespie and Peter McArthur, and they had six children: Catherine Jane Fraser (1877-1951, wife of Dr. Percy Herbert Miller), Alice Mary Fraser (1880-1955, wife of Robert Chaplin Grisdale), John Russell Fraser (1882-1952, husband of Barbara McKenzie McLennan), Margaret Ann Fraser (1886-1957, wife of Roland George Oxby), Jeannette Ellen Fraser (1888-1981, wife of John Sinclair Mowat), and Dr. Roy Hamilton Fraser (1896-1964, husband of Jean Russell Hawkins). He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He died at Winnipeg on 18 June 1942 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Allison Sproul Dixon.

Page revised: 4 August 2019

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