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Memorable Manitobans: John Alexander Saul (1861-1939)

Building contractor.

Born at Odessa, Ontario on 15 November 1861, son of Hugh and Susan Saul, he lived for a few years at Toronto before coming to Manitoba around 1898, first working at Carberry and Virden then at Winnipeg where he owned and operated a contracting business, first alone and later in partnership with his brother-in-law William Arthur Irish. He retired in 1933. On 21 October 1885, he married Georgette Eugenie “Nettie” Irish (1863-1935) of Toronto. They had four children: Merle Victor Saul (1886-1931), Erma Irene Saul (1891-?, wife of Herbert A. Walley), Beatrice Saul (1893-1935), and Iva Leone Saul (1895-?, wife of William C. Fares). He was a member of the Winnipeg Amateur Driving Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 840 Grosvenor Avenue, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





Blue Ribbon Building (Anne Building)

87 King Street (88 Arthur Street), Winnipeg



Ideal Bedding Building

288 Princess Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (2017)


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. John A. Saul, early settler of province, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1935, page 5.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John A. Saul, former contractor, dies at age of 78,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1939, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 May 2020

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