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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph B. Keeper (1886-1971)

Long-distance runner, war hero.

Born in Walker Lake, Manitoba, he was sent to the Brandon Indian Residential School, remaining there from 1899 to 1909. He ran his first race in 1909 in Brandon, then moved to Winnipeg in 1910 and became a member of the North End Athletic Club. That year he won a seven-mile road race, and he set a Canadian 10-mile record at Fort William in 1911. He was named to the Canadian Olympic team in 1912. Keeper joined the army in 1916 and won the Military Medal for bravery at Cambrai in 1917. After the war he returned to the North and worked for the Hudson's Bay Company at Norway House.

He is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 February 2011

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