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Memorable Manitobans: Joshua Willis Hargrave (1868-1944)


Born in Lanark County, Ontario, he came to Winnipeg in 1873. He resided in Portage la Prairie for 26 years and served as a Portage City Alderman from 1934 to 1938. He was a partner in the construction firm of Hargrave Brothers, which was actively involved in railway construction around Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie. He established the Westend Playgrounds and sponsored New Year`s Day dog races for children which were a popular event in Portage for several years. He also owned a large farm in the Hood settlement. He died at Winnipeg on 30 September 1944 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, predeceased by his wife and only child.


“J. W. Hargrave funeral today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 October 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Minute Book No. 2 (1943-1955), 8 December 1944, page 259, Winnipeg Foundation.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2017

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