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Memorable Manitobans: George Edward Basham (1878-1954)

Educator, postmaster, plumber, municipal official.

Born in Homerton, Hackney, London, England on 14 January 1878, son of John Basham (1837-1915) and Ruth Sarah Goodson (1848-1925), he trained as a teacher and plumber before immigrating to Canada in 1903. His teaching career in rural Manitoba included work at Mowat School (1904-1905), Moose Bay School (1909), Janowski School (1911), York Factory School (1928-1929), Barrie School (1929-1931), Middlebro School (1941), Craig Siding School (1941-1942), Dallas School (c1945), Norquay School (c1949), Hodgson School (c1953), and Weiden School (?-?). Interspersed between tenure in the classroom was employment as a plumber in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (?-?) and for the Cotter Brothers in Winnipeg (c1907), Postmaster of Oak Brae / Weiden (1913-1923), after which he was elected Reeve of Mossey River (1924). He served five years as a trustee of Mowat School District and unsuccessfully ran again for Reeve in 1936, coming second in the vote. He died unmarried at the Fork River residence of his nephew, James H. Johnston, on 28 November 1954 and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906, & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Post Office and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

“Ochre River Council,” Dauphin Herald, 23 June 1910, page 4.

“Fork River,” Dauphin Herald, 8 April 1915, page 7.

“Fork River [Mr. Basham],” Dauphin Herald, 15 April 1915, page 5.

“The local round [Mr. Geo Basham],” Dauphin Herald and Press, 28 August 1924, page 8.

“Court of Appeal affirms Fortney as rural Reeve,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 18 March 1937, page 1.

“40 years ago, feb. 6, 1913,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 5 February 1953, page 14.

“Former city plumber, G. E. Basham dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1954, page 30.

Obituary, ” Dauphin Herald and Press, 2 December 1954, page 3.

Winnipeg estate file #5069, Edward George Basham, Archives of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Johnson family tree, Ancestry.

Canadian voter lists, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 July 2020

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