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Memorable Manitobans: James Gerald Latimer (1842-1927)

Building contractor, municipal official.

Born near Ottawa, Ontario in 1842, he lived on the family farm until the age of 16 when he apprenticed for four years as a carpenter at Ottawa before going into business as a building contractor. He came to Winnipeg in 1881 to participate in the building boom going on at that time. In 1863 he married Adelia Blaisdell (?-?) and they had eight sons. He served on the Winnipeg city council from 1901 to 1906, being elected at the December 1902 and December 1904 municipal elections, and chairing the Board of Works. He ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 1906 against J. H. Ashdown then, the next year, was elected to the Board of Control, serving three years. He was Vice-President of the Municipal League of Manitoba, a valuator and appraiser for two trust companies in Winnipeg, and a member of Grace Church, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, and Order of Foresters. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 21 January 1927.

See also

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McGuire House (387 William Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“J. G. Latimer, Winnipeg pioneer, dies at coast,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 January 1927 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 August 2020

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