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Memorable Manitobans: Colin Campbell “Cam” Chisholm (1883-1936)


Born at Winnipeg on 17 September 1883, son of James Chisholm and Elizabeth Goodfellow, he graduated from the high school at Superior, Wisconsin then apprenticed as an architect in his father’s office, becoming a partner in the architectural firm of J. Chisholm and Son in 1907. On 30 April 1910, he married Sarah Emilie Gordon (?-?) and they had two children: Phyllis Chisholm (1913-?) and James Campbell Chisholm (1916-?). He was a member of Young Methodist (United) Church, AF & AM (Ionic Lodge), and IOOF. An enthusiastic curler, he was a member and President of the Granite Curling Club. He designed the “Chisholm draw” which was adopted by curlers of western Canada as a standard procedure at bonspiels. He served as President of the Manitoba Curling Association (1921-1922). He died at Winnipeg on 5 September 1936 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Harris House

26 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg



Young Methodist Church

222 Furby Street, Winnipeg


Burned (1987)

Odd Fellows Hall

Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Gordon House

514 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg



La Salle Hotel

346 Nairn Avenue, Winnipeg



Clarendon Hotel

311 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg




Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Winnipeg Building Index.

“C. C. Chisholm, 52, prominent local curler, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1936, page 6.

We thank Matthew Chisholm for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2021

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