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Memorable Manitobans: James Albert Webber (1873-1954)

Hardware store manager, community activist.

Born at Cornwall, England on 8 September 1873, he came to Canada in 1885 as a British Home Child and settled in Ontario. Coming to Winnipeg around 1905, he worked as a department manager for the Marshall Wells Company. He retired in 1944. He and wife Mary Elizabeth Simpson (1874-1939) had four children: Albert Webber (1897-?), Alvaretta Muriel “Alva” Webber (1902-1977, wife of Albert Walter Hardman), Russell Webber (1906-?), and Etheal May “Ettie” Webber (1909-1981, wife of Reed McKenzie Docker). He was President of the North West Commercial Travellers’ Association of Canada (1921) and High Chief Ranger of the Ancient Order of Foresters (1920s). He moved to British Columbia in 1947 and died at North Burnaby on 25 September 1954. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Former city man Albert Webber dies in B.C.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1954, page 39.

Obituary [Alva Muriel Hardman], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1977, page 69.

We thank John Hardman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2019

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