Memorable Manitobans: James Barton Gass (1881-1954)
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:
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