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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob Lonsdale Doupe (1867-1952)


Born at Toronto, Ontario in 1867, son of Joseph Doupe and Anne Eliza Cranston (1834-1928), he came west when his father was appointed a government surveyor for western Canada. He graduated with a Masters degree in Arts from the University of Manitoba. In June 1889, he began working as an assistant engineer of the construction department of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was appointed land commissioner at Winnipeg in 1900, holding the position for 12 years before being transferred to Calgary, Alberta in the railway’s department of natural resources. He was its chief surveyor for western lines until retirement in December 1932. He married Mary Somerville Young (1878-1974), daughter of David Young, and they had at least four children: Cranston Somerville Doupe (1903-1970), Joseph Doupe, Mary Simpson Doupe (1906-?, wife of George Victor Ferguson), and Clare Lonsdale Doupe (1913-1999, wife of James Earl Dudley). He was a member of the Manitoba Club. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 11 February 1952 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Doupe House (118 Middle Gate, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Principal Meridian Cairn (RM of St. Francois Xavier)


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former CPR land expert dies at 84,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1952, page 29.

Obituary [Cranston Somerville Doupe], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1970, page 34.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2019

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