Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Fraser (1882-1954)
Born at Winnipeg on 14 April 1882 , he lived at 58 Charlotte Street (now Hargrave) from the early 1890s to 1911. His father, mother, and at least five of their six adult children moved to 129 Home Street shortly after it was built in spring/summer of 1911. Over the next eight years, the father and two sons died, and one daughter married and moved to Edmonton. During the 1920s and 1930s, John Henry lived there with his sister Ann, her husband Ernest Kuppers and their two children. The mother, Minnie Fraser, also lived there until her death in 1933.
Fraser’s obituary does not list a wife or children, but there is a Manitoba marriage record of a John Henry Fraser marrying Mary Bell Telfer on 28 December 1904 in Portage La Prairie. An article in the Winnipeg Free Press on 21 December 1937 describes “Mrs. J.H. Fraser” hosting an evening of bridge the previous day.
Fraser held various positions (driver, clerk, bookkeeper, accountant, manager, VP, treasurer) with the Central Dray and Storage (or Express) Company from 1906 to 1937. His father was also in the dray business. 1938 and 1939 Henderson Directories do not list an occupation, and he is listed as retired in 1940. Fraser moved with the Kuppers family moved to 462 Lipton in 1942 or 1943.
1. Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1954.
The above is based on information provided by Gary Annable.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 May 2012
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