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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 where he opened a harness shop. He was married twice, first to Bessie E. Donnelly (?-1890) with whom he had daughter Kathleen Harris (?-?). He remarried to Christina McGregor (?-?) of Scotland and they had six children: Nellie Harris (?-?), Flossie Harris (?-?), Jennie Harris (?-?), Fred Harris (?-?), Gordon Harris (?-?), and James Harris (?-?). He was a member of the Masons, IOOF, Ancient Order of United Workmen. and 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 and served until 1912.

Sources:

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: 24 October 2020

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