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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Else (1840-1914)


Born at London, England in 1840, at the age of 8 years he came to the Red River Settlement with his widowed mother and two siblings, where his mother worked as a governess for the family of C. J. Bird. His mother remarried and he moved with her to a lot in what later became the Tuxedo area of Winnipeg. In 1861, he married Catherine Fiddler (?-1914) and bought a farm west of St. James, where he lived until his death. They had a son and five daughters. He took part in the 1869-1870 Riel Resistance and was a scout on the international boundary during the Fenian Raid of 1870, under the command of John Bourke. For several years, he freighted goods between Winnipeg and St. Paul, Minnesota. He died at his farm on 10 April 1914 and was buried in St. James Cemetery.


“Manitoba resident for 68 years, dead”, newspaper clipping dated 11 April 1914 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 August 2010

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