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Memorable Manitobans: Joshua Willis Hargrave (1868-1944)

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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.

Sources:

“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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