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Memorable Manitobans: William James Sharman (1884-1970)

Educator, physician.

Born at Ontario in March 1884, the son of Joseph Sharman (1841-?) and Isabella Logan (1843-?), he moved to Manitoba where he taught at Russell School and was Principal of Seven Oaks School (1908-1909) in West Kildonan. He was an intern at the Winnipeg General Hospital and graduated from the Manitoba Medical College in 1913. He served as Acting Bacteriologist for the City of Winnipeg (1916-1919) and was the Municipal Golf Champion in 1922. For many years, he based his medical practice out of the Medical Arts Building. On 21 June 1919, he married Frances Drummond Forrester (1892-1989, daughter of David Forrester, at Winnipeg. The couple had three children. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 31 October 1970.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“All milk samples up to standard,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 February 1916, page 10.

“Dr. Sharman taken ill; may have diphtheria,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 October 1917, page 1.

“City briefs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 October 1918, page 5.

“Dr. Sharman wins golfing honors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 October 1922, page 14.

“Not a Drop More,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1964, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1970, page 28.

Obituary [Frances Sharman], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1989, page 39.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 August 2014

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