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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Robert “Frank” Dowse (1876-1948)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Franklin Centre, Quebec on 9 April 1876, son of Henry Dowse and Margaret Rennie, he was educated at Valleyfleld. He came West in 1892 and organized the Dowse Sash and Door Works in 1913, serving as its President and General Manager. He also served as President of the Tyee Stucco Works, President of the Winnipeg Builders Exchange, and President of the St. Boniface Board of Trade (1925).

On 25 April 1899, he married Agnes Masson Stewart. They had two sons and three daughters. He served as an Council Alderman for the City of St. Boniface from 1922 to 1923, and Mayor of St. Boniface in 1933. He was a member of the Masons (Past Worshipful Master of King Edward Lodge No. 93), IOOF (Past Noble Grand, D.D.G.M., District No. 1), and Rotary Club. He served as President of the Hoo Hoo Club, Secretary-Treasurer and Manager of the Norwood Recreation Committee.

He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 15 February 1948 and was buried in Winnipeg’s Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Dowse Street in Winnipeg.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Funeral Saturday for F. R. Dowse” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1948.

Page revised: 28 August 2009

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