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Memorable Manitobans: James Joseph Bedford (1842-1896)

Physician, farmer.

Born in Durham County, Ontario on 17 July 1842, he was educated at Victoria College (Cobourg) and Bennett College of Medicine and Surgery (Chicago), graduating from the latter in May 1871. He practiced medicine at Milwaukee, Wisconsin for four years then moved to Manitoba in 1876 where he farmed near Emerson. While in Milwaukee, he had married Saloma Helena Studer (1859-1946). They had three children: Robert James Bedford (1883-1889), Mary Ann Bedford (1885-?), and George Victor Bedford. He resumed medical work in 1886 and moved from his farm to Emerson in 1889, where he died on 11 January 1896 and was buried in the Emerson Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. Bedford’s death,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 January 1896, page 6.

Obituary [Saloma Helena Bedford], Winnipeg Tribune, 17 April 1946, page 21.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2020

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