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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Edward “Frank” Bray (1858-1919)

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Francis Edward Bray
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Grain merchant.

Born at London, England on 8 February 1858, son of Edward and Harriett Bray, he was educated at London public school and the Nantwitch Grammar School (Cheshire, England). He came to Manitoba in 1882 as a travelling freight and passenger agent with the Canadian Pacific Railway, working until 1889 when he became Secretary of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company, serving until his death. He was also Vice-President of the Keewatin Flour Mills Company, director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Medicine Hat Milling Company, and director of the Business Men's Investment and Loan Company.

He was married twice, first to Annie Raine (1860-1905) with whom he had six children: Anna Bray (1878-?, wife of James Daniel Hislop), William E. Bray (1880-?), Frank Clarence Bray (1884-1942), Jessie Bray (1885-?, wife of Basil F. Windrum), Alberta Bray (1891-?), and Victor Albert Bray (1895-?). On 19 June 1909, he married Victoria Middleton (1864-1918) at Winnipeg. He was a member of the AF & AM, Conservative party, and Anglican church.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 628 Broadway, on 5 November 1919 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

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

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Sad home-coming,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 August 1905, page 10.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 595.

“F. E. Bray, flour mill man, is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1919, page 1.

“Deaths and funerals,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 November 1919, page 17.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2021

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