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Memorable Manitobans: James Charles Walker (1858-1914)

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James Charles Walker
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Born at Kingston, Ontario on 25 May 1858, he worked in the footwear business and married Mary Ann Hay (1856-?) before moving to Port Arthur, Ontario in 1880. The couple had six children: George Henry Walker (1879-1905), Fredric A. Walker (1881-?), Minetta “Minny” Walker (1883-?), Percy Ethelbert Walker (1890-?), Lolita Olive Walker (1892-?), and Harold Wesley (1899-?). He held membership in the IOOF (North Star Lodge No. 2) and Masons, and was an avid curler as well as being Chaplain of the Manitoba Curling Association.

He and his family moved to Winnipeg where he graduated from Wesley College and entered the ministry in 1887. He held several posts in the Manitoba Conference of the Methodist Church including at Dominion City (1877-?), High Bluff (c1891), Alexander (c1892), and Griswold (c1893-1895) before returning to Winnipeg as Pastor of Wesley Methodist Church (1895-1900) and Young Methodist Church (1900-1901). He then served in Morden, Port Arthur (c1906-1908), and Maryland Methodist Church (1908-1912), after which he moved to Leamington, Ontario.

He died of acute indigestion at Leamington on 11 February 1914. His body was returned to Winnipeg, and following a public service at Maryland Methodist Church on 17 February, he was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Methodist Church,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 18 June 1887, page 4.

“The churches,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 20 August 1887, page 4.

“From Portage la Prairie,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 16 April 1891, page 1.

“S. S. Convention,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 15 August 1893, page 3.

“Local brevities [Rev. J.C. Walker],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 2 March 1895, page 8.

“Sunday services,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 12 October 1895, page 7.

“Methodist conference,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 13 June 1895, page 8.

“East is with us,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 13 June 1896, page 5.

“Call to Rev. J. C. Walker,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 November 1899, page 8.

“The enlarged Wesley Church,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 June 1904, page 1.

“Rev. J.C. Walker called,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 September 1907, page 12.

“Church and religious work [Bonspiel sermon],” Manitoba Free Press, 17 February 1912, Literary Section page 4.

“North Winnipeg Methodists meet,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 June 1910 page 2.

“Farewell discourse,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 June 1912, page 9.

“Rev. J.C. Walker dies in Ontario,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1914, page 1.

“Public service over remains of Rev. J. C. Walker,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1914, page 1.

“The officers and members of North Star Lodge No. 2 I.O.O.F. [...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1914, page 6.

“Funeral of late Rev. J.C. Walker,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 February 1914, page 8.

“The late Rev. J.C. Walker,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 February 1914, page 24.

“Curling annual is here again,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 February 1912, page 6.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 October 2017

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