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Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Bartlett (1869-1929)

Jeweller, municipal official.

Born at St. Marys, Ontario on 25 August 1869, son of John Bartlett and Mary Carne, he was educated locally and apprenticed as a watchmaker. In 1889, he moved west and, for a short time, worked at Winnipeg where he partnered with Thomas Butchart. In 1892, he took up residence at Souris and established himself professionally as a jeweller. As the surrounding community grew, he was locally engaged as a charter member of the Souris Board of Trade (1900) and served as Alderman (Ward One) on Town Council for around two decades, including tenure as Chairman of the Souris Police Committee (1925) as well as the Fire, Water, & Light Committee. He was also a Vice-President (1918, and Souris-area representative) of the Manitoba Breeders’ Poultry Association / Manitoba Poultry Association and involved himself in community sports as Secretary-Treasurer of the Souris Lacrosse Club (1901), designing sporting trophies, and was Honourary President of the Souris Football Club (1924). In 1891, he married Eva Stevens (1874-?) and they had two children: Alice Margaret Leila Bartlett (1892-?, wife of Rees Jones Davies) and Reginald Carl Bartlett (1904-?). He died at Souris on 25 February 1929.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 & 1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Souris Board of Trade,” Rapid City Reporter, 24 May 1900, page 3.

“Souris organizes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 May 1901, page 3.

“Lacrosse,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 June 1901, page 3.

“Municipal elections [Souris],” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 December 1908, page 3.

“Urban nominations province Manitoba [Souris],” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 December 1910, page 9.

“Candidates in cities and towns of Manitoba [Souris],” Manitoba Free Press, 10 December 1913, page 14.

“The city [Ald. J. H. Bartlett],” Brandon Daily Sun, 20 October 1917, page 10.

“Fifty-six cents pound paid for 2nd prize steer,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 March 1918, page 2.

“Poultry Association is reorganized,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 March 1918, page 8.

“J. B. Mitchell head of Souris Football Club,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1924, page 11.

“Richchet bullet caused the accidental death of McCrae is verdict of inquest jury,” Brandon Daily Sun, 17 June 1925, page 1.

“Widely known Souris jeweler died Monday after lengthy illness,” Souris Plaindealer, 27 February 1929, page 1.

Obituary, Brandon Daily Sun, 1 March 1929, page 8.

Brandon estate file #5451, James Henry Bartlett, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 February 2020

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