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Memorable Manitobans: John Fraser (1841-?)

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John Fraser
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Pioneer.

Born at Inverness, Scotland in January 1841, son of Alexander and Annie Fraser, he emigrated to Canada in 1871 and spent his first winter in Ontario before arriving at the Red River Settlement board the steamboat Dakota in June 1872. During the summer and he worked on a township survey then helped build houses west of Fort Garry for the Hudson’s Bay Company. He helped with the boundary survey during the winter of 1872-1873 then, the following spring, returned to Winnipeg and worked for Peter Sutherland. He then purchased horses and worked as a teamster. On 11 December 1879, he married Minnie Johnson, daughter of William Johnson and Marion Stanger, at Winnipeg. They had six children: John H. Fraser, James Robinson Fraser, Thomas Arthur Fraser, Jessie A. Fraser, Edward Allensworth Fraser, and Marion Fraser. The family lived at 58 Charlotte Street until 1911 when they moved to 129 Home Street. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 October 2018

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