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Memorable Manitobans: Edward John Harris (1862-?)

Harness maker, postmaster, municipal official.

Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 31 March 1862, son of John Harris, he was apprenticed as a harness-maker and worked as a journeyman at Hamilton until 1882 when he moved west, taking up a homestead at Pheasant Forks, North West Territories. In 1890 he sold his farm and moved to Neepawa, Manitoba where he opened a harness shop. He was married twice, first to Bessie E. Donnelly who died in 1890, leaving daughter Kathleen Harris. He remarried to Christina McGregor of Scotland and they had six children: Nellie, Flossie, Jennie, Fred, Gordon, and James. He was a member of the Masons, the IOOF, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Woodmen of the World. He served on the Neepawa town council for three years and, in 1905, was elected mayor. He was appointed postmaster that same year.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 November 2008

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