Born at London, Ontario on 4 April 1876, son of Septimus Pope (1847-1894) and Annie Pope (?-1936), he came to Manitoba with his family and settled at Melita where he worked as a building contractor in partnership with Robert B. Johnston (1869-1926). On 3 January 1905, he married Emma Louise Chard (1873-1953) in the RM of Brenda and they had three children: Marjorie Chard Pope (1906-1986, wife of Everett Graham Neilly), Emma Louise Pope (1907-?, wife of Robert Wallace Spear), and Albert George Pope (1912-1913). Ill health led him to quit contracting after which he was an inspector for Ogilvie Flour Mills at Brandon and a member of the Masons and St. Matthews Anglican Church. He died at Brandon on 2 April 1950 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Some of his construction work in Manitoba included:
Municipality of Two Borders
111 Main Street, Melita
Municipality of Two Borders
Melita Opera House
Destroyed by fire (1917)
MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Melita Lumber and Manufacturing Company / Melita Brick and Tile Company
Death registration [Septimus Pope], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [George A. Pope, Emma Louise Chard], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [Marjorie Chard Pope, Emma Louise Pope, Albert George Pope], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration [Albert George Pope], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Emma Louise Stanton Pope, Robert Wallace Spear], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 3 April 1950, page 9.
Our First Century: Town of Melita and Municipality of Arthur by Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983, page 693.
Obituary [Marjorie Chard Neilly], Brandon Sun, 22 October 1986, page 44.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 March 2023
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