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Memorable Manitobans: James Hugh Fraser (c1827-1899)

Railway contractor, miller.

Born around 1827, he lived at New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and held several contracts with the Canadian Pacific Railway for the construction of its line along the north shore of Lake Superior. In 1880, he came to Manitoba and settled at Nelson, where he opened a flour mill. He later moved to Morden where he built the Morden Roller Mills which he operated until a year before his death. He and wife Ann Turnbull (?-?) had seven children: Rev. Hugh Fraser (?-?), Rev. Frank Fraser (?-?), Byron Fraser, Cassie Pollock Fraser (1862-?, wife of Benjamin James McConnell), Barthold Fraser (1870-?), Anna Bell Fraser (1873-?, wife of J. A. McGibbon), and Daisy Fraser (1873-?, wife of T. T. Thomson). He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Masons, and Odd Fellows. He died at Morden on 11 October 1899.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“A Morden pioneer,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 October 1899, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2020

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