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Memorable Manitobans: William Hargrave (1838-1923)


Born at Foxton, Leicestershire, England on 9 May 1838, he came to Canada with his parents in 1851, settling at Perth, Ontario. The moved to Woodstock in 1853 and, two years later, he entered the postal service there. He came to Winnipeg in 1874, becoming assistant postmaster, later promoted to postmaster in 1877, a position that he held until 1900, when he retired and was succeeded by P. C. McIntyre. He was a member of Grace Methodist Church and the AF & AM (Prince Rupert Lodge). He was survived by three children: Fred W. Hargrave, Dr. H. Percy Hargrave, and Florence Hargrave. He died at his Winnipeg home, 507 Notre Dame Avenue, on 25 June 1923.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer postmaster of Winnipeg passes away” Manitoba Free Press, 26 June 1923. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2010

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