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Memorable Manitobans: James W. Frid (1878-?)

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James W. Frid
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Construction engineer.

Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 31 July 1878, son of George W. Frid and Jane Lewis, he attended Alberta College then apprenticed for five years in concrete and masonry work. He studied at the Provincial School of Architecture at Hamilton and graduated from the Northwestern University at Chicago, Illinois. He then found work as a general construction superintendent with the firm of John H. Coxhead & Company at Buffalo, New York.

He came to Winnipeg from Chicago in March 1911 with his brother Herbert P. Frid to established a general contracting and consulting engineering business. A few months later they added F. C. Lewis to the partnership and incorporated as Frid-Lewis Company, with J. W. Frid as President and Managing Director. The company built such buildings as the Kemp Block Addition (1911), Consolidate Plate Glass Company Building, McLaughlin Company Warehouses, Anthes Foundry, YMCA Building, and the F. R. MacMillan department store at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

In 1904, he married Annie Earl at Chicago. They had three daughters and, in 1913, lived at 902 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg.


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: 4 October 2014

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