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Memorable Manitobans: James W. Bartlett (1851-1892)

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James W. Bartlett
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Born near the town of Glencoe, in the County of Middlesex, Ontario, he devoted his energies and studies in the early days to agriculture and was active in the work of associations and institutions formed to advance the interests of agriculture. He contributed articles to several journals on the subject. He came to Winnipeg in the 1890s from London, Ontario, as western manager of the Farmer’s Advocate, a position he held until November 1891, when he resigned to become a chief clerk of the Manitoba Department of Agriculture, under Premier Greenway.

Interested in the welfare of farmers, he took an important part during the incorporation of the Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition and had charge of the poultry and dairy section. He was elected the first director of the Dairy Association of Manitoba.

Married with three children, Bartlett died on 3 April 1892 at the age of 41 years. His funeral took place from the family residence, 343 Magnus Street to McDougall Methodist Church, with burial in St. James Cemetery. He is commemorated by Bartlet Avenue in Winnipeg.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 April 2017

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