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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Willard Harper Switzer (1901-1995)

Farmer, community activist.

Born at Fairview on 4 December 1901, son of Thomas Switzer (1864-1943) and Emily Melissa Harper (1867-1958), he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway based at Bienfait (Saskatchewan) and Napinka before taking up farming southeast of Carberry. In 1952, he moved to Carberry where he took up cabinet making and also worked at the Fox Memorial Hospital until retirement in 1966. On 9 February 1927, he married Margaret Elizabeth Cann (?-1988) at Chater. They had two daughters. He was an active member of the Carberry United Church and Carberry Horticultural Society, and was involved in establishment of the Carberry Plains Museum. In 1974, he planned and erected a monument commemorating the former Carberry School. He died at Carberry on 25 March 1996 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carberry School No. 125 (First Avenue, Carberry)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1906 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1995, page 46.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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