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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Boyce Sprague (1876-1928)

Click to enlargeAthlete, lumberman.

Born at Keswick, Ontario on 12 August 1876, son of David H. Sprague and Elizabeth Wood, he came to Winnipeg as a child and was educated in local public schools. He was a talented oarsman, winning numerous trophies in rowing, and serving on the crew of C. S. Riley. As a cyclist, he competed with Dan Bain, Jack McCulloch and Bob Dunbar. He also played football with the St. John’s Club.

In 1928, he became owner of the Sprague Lumber Company. At the time of his death, he was Manager of the Rowland Sprague Lumber Company. He had one daughter, Elaine Sprague. He was a member of St. Charles Country Club, Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Automobile Club, and Holy Trinity Church.

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 18 Edmonton Street, on 18 November 1928 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

“D. B. Sprague, lumber man, dies suddenly” Manitoba Free Press, 19 November 1928, page 1.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 18 February 2010

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