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Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Cadham (1850-1907)

Architect, builder.

Born in London, Canada West [now Ontario], on 31 August 1850, brother of John O. Cadham, his parents were both natives of England and early settlers of Canada. His father operated a sash, door, and blind factory near London, Ontario. He was educated in the public schools of London, left early to learn the carpentry trade. He came to Manitoba in 1870.

On arrival Cadham volunteered in the Red River Expedition under General Wolseley as a private and became a member of the No. 1 Battalion under Captain Cooke. He was discharged on 4 March 1871, and became actively engaged in the contracting and building trade. In 1874 he married Eliza Calanan of Perry, Treherne, Wisconsin. They had five children, including Frederick Todd Cadham. He was a pioneer architect in Winnipeg and from 1895 devoted most of his energies towards his profession, confining his work to large warehouses and stores. He was a Mason and Oddfellow.

He died at Winnipeg on 10 December 1907, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Galt Building

103 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1887

 

Merchants Building

250 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1897-1898

 

Alloway Building

179 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1898

 

Daylite Building

296 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1899

 

Imperial Dry Goods Block

91 Albert Street, Winnipeg

1899

 

Whitla Building

70 Arthur Street, Winnipeg

1899

 

Gault Building

92-104 Arthur Street, Winnipeg

1900

 

W. P. Moss Residence

218 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg

1900

 

Blue Ribbon Building

87 King Street, Winnipeg

1901

 

Gregg Building

52 Albert Street, Winnipeg

1902

 

McLaughlin Carriage Building

204-212 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1902

 

Brownstone’s Sportswear

275 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Gaylord Block

111 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Robinson, Little and Company Building

54 Arthur Street, Winnipeg

1903

 

Stobart Building

275-281 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Miller Morse Hardware Company

317 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

G. Velie Wholesale Wines and Liquors

183-187 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg

1904

 

Scott Block

272 Main Street, Winnipeg

1904

 

Alloway and Champion Building

667 Main Street, Winnipeg

1905

 

Fit-Reform Block

289-291 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Manitoba Medical College

Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Sheldon’s Furniture Warehouse

315 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

 

Frost and Wood Building

230 Princess Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kelly House (88 Adelaide Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 August 2015

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