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Memorable Manitobans: John S. Ingram (1853-1905)

Police officer, police chief (1874-1875).

Born in Ontario on 3 April 1853, he came to Western Canada in 1870 where he worked on farms and ranches until February 1874 when he became the first chief hired for the Winnipeg Police Force. It took over policing duties in the city from a provincial force organized by Frank Villiers. Ingram was forced to resign when he was found patronizing a local bordello. He moved on to Calgary where he became Police Chief there. He married Edith M. Oake in October 1887, at Calgary, Alberta, with whom he had four children. Ingram resigned from the Calgary police in 1888. By 1905, he was working at Rossland, British Columbia, where he was killed on 17 December 1905 by a dynamite blast. He was buried in the family plot at St. Thomas, Ontario.


From Force to Service: The Winnipeg Police Service, A Pictorial History by Jack Templeman, Winnipeg: Bunker to Bunker Books, 1998.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2018

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