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Memorable Manitobans: John Osborne LeCappellain (1854-1925)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born in England in September 1854, part of his childhood was spent on his father’'s coffee plantation in Costa Rica. He came to Winnipeg in the 1870s and was a long-time employee of the Ashdown Hardware Company, serving as a salesman (1876-77) and chief clerk (1878-81). He also owned a wholesale and retail hardware business on Main Street (1877-78). He was a Winnipeg city alderman in 1881 and a broker (1882). He experienced financial difficulties following the collapse of the city’s real estate boom of the early 1880s. Before 1888, he had moved with his family to Vancouver, BC where he managed a hardware store and later was a customs officer.

He and wife Isabella Sutherland (1856-1935) had four children: Thomas Agnes LeCappellain (b 1879), Malcolm Osborne LeCappellain (b 1880), Mary Arnold LeCappellain (b 1888), and Alice LeCappellain (b 1893).

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Business Block (38-44 Albert Street, Winnipeg)


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1881 Canada census, Ancestry.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

LeCappellain family tree, Ancestry.

Business Block (38-44 Albert Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, December 2005.

We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 November 2012

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