Memorable Manitobans: John Heber Haslam (1863-1924)
Real estate agent.
Born at Springfield, Prince Edward Island on 20 April 1863, son of Thomas Haslam and Esther Morris, he married Elizabeth Smart (1867-1946) with whom he had six children, the first four of whom were born in PEI: E. Courtney Haslam (1889-?), Horace Haslam (1891-?), Dorothy Haslam (1893-?), and J. Arthur Haslam (1895-?). He came to Manitoba as a general immigration agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1894, he settled at Headingley and conducted a banking and real estate business there. In the 1900 federal election, he was a Conservative candidate in the Selkirk constituency but was defeated by William F. McCreary by one vote. Before 1903, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where two more children were born: Edith E. Haslam (1903-1988) and John Haslam (1906-1972). The family returned to Canada in 1908, residing at Winnipeg. By 1911, they were living at Regina, Saskatchewan where he was Proprietor of the Haslam Land Company. He was considered an authority on the grain trade, having served on two Royal Commissions, the first appointed in 1913 by the Saskatchewan government and the second in 1920 by the federal government. He died at Regina on 4 January 1924 and was buried in the Regina Cemetery.
“Recounting the Selkirk ballots,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 November 1900, page 1.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“John H. Haslam dies at Regina,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 January 1924, page 11.
“John H. Haslam, prominent in west, is dead,” The [Regina] Morning Leader, 5 January 1924, page 1.
John Heber Haslam, FindAGrave.
We thank K. Farrell for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 October 2017
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