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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Fraser (1860-1919)

Click to enlargeBusinessman, civil servant.

Born at Inverness-shire, Scotland on 25 December 1860, he emigrated to Canada in 1882 and came to Winnipeg before moving on to Qu’Appelle, NWT [now Saskatchewan] where he homesteaded for two years. In 1884 he returned to Winnipeg where he and Alexandra Ross became the first couple to be married in the old Knox Church. They subsequently had two sons, John Fraser (b 1888) and Donald G. Fraser (b 1895).

Plans to return to the Qu’Appelle homestead changed when the North West Rebellion broke out in 1885 and Fraser instead purchased the Pulman Palace Laundry on Main Street and operated it for 12 years. He was later employed for 18 years with the the Public Works Department of the City of Winnipeg, as a meter inspector.

He died at his West Kildonan residence in February 1919.


“Old Resident of Winnipeg Dies” Newspaper clipping dated 22 February 1919. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Page revised: 23 January 2010

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