Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Henry Bears (1857-1936)
Born at North River, Queens, Prince Edward Island on 13 January 1857, he moved to Winnipeg in 1883. He was employed constructing bridges and building by the Canadian Pacific Railway and he also worked as a carpenter and building contractor on his own account.
On 21 November 1881, he married Lavina Jane Morton (1860-1954) in Prince Edward Island and they had eleven children: Isabel Irene Bears (1882-?, wife of Francis Bainbridge Capstick), Jennie Pearl Bears (1883-1973, wife of James S. Witmar), Alfred Munroe Bears (1885-1936), Harry Donald Bears (1887-1958), Morton Bears (1889-1962), David Albert Bears (1891-1970), John W. Bears (1892-?), Lavina Mae Bears (1895-1980), Hazel Vivian Bears (1896-1954), Marjorie Whitfield Bears (1899-1977, wife of Adam Hay), and Mona McDonald Bears (1905-?, wife of Frank Ashton Ferguson). The family lived at 355 Boyd Avenue. He was a member of the Masons (Ancient Landmark Lodge), Canadian Order of Foresters, and St. Giles United Church.
Some of his construction work in Manitoba included:
Birth registrations [Harry Donald Bears, Morton Bears, David Albert Bears, Lavinia May Bears, Hazel Vivian Bears, Marjory Whitfield Bears, Mona McDonald Bears], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage registration [Jennie Pearl Bears, James S. Witmer], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Isabel Irene Bears, Francis Bainbridge Capstick], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Marjorie Whitefield Bears, Adam Hay], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Mona McDonald Bears, Frank Ashton Ferguson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [Alfred Munroe Bears, Alfred Henry Bears], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Telephone exchange erected by the Manitoba Telephone Systems at Hamiota,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1936, page 8.
“Alfred H. Bears, retired railman, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1936, page 5.
Obituary [Lavina Jane Bears], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1954, page 35.
Obituary [Jennie Witmar], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1973, page 34.
Obituary [Marjorie W. Hay], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1977, page 39.
Obituary [Lavina Mae Bears], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1980, page 44.
Alfred Henry Bears, Our Extended Family.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 March 2023