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Memorable Manitobans: Chester E. Latham (1863-1917)

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Chester E. Latham
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Land and real estate agent.

Born at Bloomington, Illinois on 16 September 1863, son of Ephraim and Lydia M. Latham, he was educated at Grammar and High Schools of Bloomington and Wesleyan University at Bloomington. He began working as a clerk with the Chicago & Alton Railway at Bloomington in 1882. He was successively clerk with the National State Bank at Bloomington (1883), cashier with the Bloomington Insurance Company (1884), and department manager of the Ogden, Sheldon & Company of Chicago, Illinois (1896) before going into business for himself as a public accountant, in 1902.

He was a public accountant with Marwick, Mitchell & Company at Minneapolis, Minnesota (1905) before caming to Manitoba in 1906. He was also Secretary of the Saskatchewan Valley Land Company, Quill Plains Land Company, Carrot River Land Company and Coast Lumber Yards Limited. In 1911, he was employed with the firm of Davidson and McRae, general agents for the land department of the Canadian Northern Railway at Winnipeg.

In 1886, he married Francine J. Hagan (1862-?) and they had three daughters. He was a member of the AF & AM and Baptist church. He lived at 824 Preston Avenue and at 284 Wellington Crescent at the time of his death.

He died suddenly at Duluth, Minnesota on 20 May 1917.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Chester Latham, 54 years old, is dead in Duluth,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 May 1917, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2020

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