Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Edwin Braid (1877-1947)
Born at St. Catharines, Ontario on 29 March 1877, son of William Braid and Mary Jane Andrews, he was educated at Collingwood [Ontario] then spent twelve years as a salesman with Thomas Black. After various occupations he formed a partnership in the firm of Braid & McCurdy. He later founded Braid Builders Supply and Fuel Limited which was carried on after his death by his two sons, Gordon and Clarence Braid, until the early 1980s.
On 1 May 1901, he married Sarah Elizabeth Thomas at Winnipeg. They had three sons and four daughters. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Masons (Ionic No. 25), Strathcona Curling Club, Broadway Lawn Bowling Club, and Winnipeg Automobile Club. He unsuccessfully contested the Winnipeg North constituency as a Conservative in the 1925 federal election. His recreations included curling, hunting and motoring.
He died at his Winnipeg home on 22 February 1947.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
We thank Arthur and Virginia Braid, grandchildren of Joseph E. Braid, for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 June 2017