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Memorable Manitobans: James Fairbairn (1845-?)

Saddler, harness merchant.

Born at Brockville, Ontario on 30 November 1845, son of David Fairbairn and Catherine Fulford, he was apprenticed in the harness trade at Walkerton then carried on business in this trade for 14 years. In 1883 he came to Manitoba and, the next year, arrived at Portage la Prairie where he established a business as a saddler and harness merchant. On 1 January 1872, he married Margaret Frame of Bruce County, Ontario. They had eight children: Margaret Fairbairn (wife of George Palmer of Boissevain), Kate Fairbairn, Mabel Fairbairn, Edna Fairbairn, David Fairbairn, Robert Fairbairn, Chester Fairbairn, and George Fairbairn.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2008

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