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Memorable Manitobans: Jasper Nation (1862-1939)

Merchant, hotelier.

Born at Morpeth, Ontario on 4 May 1862, son of James Cushing Nation (1828-1911) and Eliza Waring (1827-1906), he came to Manitoba in 1881 and worked for a year in a gents furnishings store. He then moved to Brandon before moving to a farm near Elkhorn that he operated for five years. In 1887, he returned to Brandon and went into business with his brother Frederick Nation, continuing until 1894 when he went to Souris as proprietor of the Central Hotel. He also owned 960 acres of farmland in the vicinity of Souris. In 1890, he married Julia M. Wanless (?-?, daughter of John Wanless) of Walkerton, Ontario. They had seven children: James Cushing Nation (1892-1975), Frederick Wanless Nation (1892-1918), Marguerite Nation (1895-?), Jean Waring Nation (1897-1987), Isabella A. Nation (1900-?), Dorothy Julie Nation (1903-1980), and Jasper Waring Nation (1905-1944). He was a member of the Masons and Knights of Pythias. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 30 May 1939.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Jasper Nation (1862-1939), Ancestry.

Death registration [Jasper Waring Nation], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 March 2020

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