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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Fowler (1868-1950)

Merchant, postmaster.

Born in Ontario on 20 April 1868, son of William O. Fowler (?-1906), brother of Frank Oliver Fowler, he came to Manitoba with his parents in 1882 and settled on a farm near Nesbitt. He moved to Baldur in 1891 where he was a grain buyer and merchant for many years. By 1895, he purchased the saddlery business of C. W. Watson and, four years later, constructed the Fowler Block. In December 1904, he became the postmaster at Baldur and served until January 1948.

On 7 October 1895, he married Margaret Maud Playfair (1876-1930) at Baldur. They had ten children: Murray Alexander Fowler (1897-?), Florence Ferguson Fowler (1898-?), Dora Helen Fowler (1899-?), William Ralph Fowler (1902-?), Jessie Edith Fowler (1905-?), William Chown Fowler (1907-?), Margaret Playfair Fowler (1909-?), Catherine Elizabeth Fowler (1911-?), Frank Fowler (?-?), and George Fowler (?-?). He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Baldur School Board for over 24 years. He was one of the organizers of the Baldur Board of Trade in the early 1920s. He was a member of the Baldur United Church and Superintendent of its Sunday School. An enthusiastic curler, he participated in an annual bonspiel at Winnipeg since its inception in the 1880s, and went to Scotland as a member of a Manitoba curling team.

He died at Baldur on 2 March 1950 and was buried in the Baldur Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fowler Block (Baldur, RM of Argyle)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“Old-timer dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 March 1906, page 10.

“Alexander Fowler, early postmaster, dies at Baldur,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1950, page 9.

Post Offices and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 July 2020

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