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Memorable Manitobans: James Fraser Rea (1858-1937)

Railroader, hotelier.

Born at Compton, Quebec on 13 September 1858, son of George Rea and Martha Bartlett, he worked on railroads until 1891 when he came to Manitoba. He worked for two years as an locomotive engineer for the Manitoba & Northwestern Railway and engaged in the hotel business at Minnedosa with Duncan McLennan, operating the Grand Central Hotel until 1904 then building the Tremont Hotel. In 1894 he married Lizzie Stinson of Dauphin. They had three children: Clifford, Phylis, and Gladys. He was a Mason.

He died at Minnedosa on 13 August 1937.


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

Death registration for J. F. Rea, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 November 2008

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