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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Elmer Topper (1864-1952)

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Frank Elmer Topper
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Grain merchant.

Born at Herkimer, New York in 1864, he came to Canada in 1903 and worked as a grain buyer at Radisson, Saskatchewan until 1912 when he moved to Moose Jaw as superintendent of the Saskatchewan and Western Elevator Company. The firm transferred him to its Winnipeg office in 1914 and he later established his own grain marketing firm, the Topper Grain Company. In 1929, his company merged with several others to form Federal Grain and he remained with it until retirement in 1936.

He and wife Emma Headrick (1869-1966) had two daughters: Ida Beth Topper (1901-1957, wife of Henry Norton Halland) and Emily Joyce Topper (1903-1989, wife of Stuart Sinclair Garson). The family lived at 204 Dromore Avenue. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 16 October 1952 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1952.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Blair Bingeman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 February 2022

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