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Memorable Manitobans: James Barton Gass (1881-1954)

Building contractor.

Born at Ecclefechan, Scotland in October 1881, he came to Winnipeg in 1904 and worked as a general contractor. He and wife Jemima “Mima” Booth (1877-1953, sister-in-law of James Bertram Mitchell) had a daughter, school teacher Muriel Jean McLellan Gass (1912-1988). The family lived at 674 McMillan Avenue (?-1954). He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, St. Andrews Society, and Granite Curling Club. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 9 February 1954 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Mitchell House

45 East Gate, Winnipeg

1930

 

Equipment Depot No. 2 (renovation)

1569 Orange Street, Winnipeg

1935

 

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registration [Muriel Jean McLellan Gass], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Buried today [Mrs. Mary M. Booth],” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 April 1935, page 10.

Obituary [Mima Gass], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1953, page 44.

“City contractor, J. B. Gass, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 1954, page 24.

Death registration [Muriel Gass], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2022

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