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Memorable Manitobans: James Eastman (1850-1929)

School caretaker.

Born near Ottawa, Ontario on 25 November 1850, son of William Eastman and Margaret Anne Patterson, he quit school at the age of 14 to work as a sewing machine instructor for three years. In 1870 he enlisted as a member of Company 7 of the Ontario Rifles in the Wolseley Expedition, remaining in service for one year. He then worked as a member of a survey party for some time, eventually returning to Manitoba and buying a farm near Victoria. He later took work as a carpenter and, in 1895, was elected public school caretaker at Carberry. In June 1882, he married Sarah E. Thomas at St. Paul, Manitoba. They had no children. He died at Winnipeg on 27 September 1929 and was buried at Carberry.

Sources:

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 28 September 1929, page 32.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2010

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