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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Eugene Kenaston (1853-1932)


Born at North Hatley, Quebec on 14 November 1853, of Scottish immigrant parents who died when he was young, he lived with his grandmother until the age of 15 then joined an uncle at Northwood, Iowa. He explored and mined the Black Hills of South Dakota from 1872 to 1874 then was in the agricultural implement business in northern Iowa from 1874 to 1877. He was at Minneapolis by 1881 where he organized the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company. He was Vice-President of the American-Abell Engine and Thresher Company of Toronto and organized a number of banks in Minneapolis. He lived with his wife and son at Winnipeg from 1897 to 1914 during a period of rapid growth in the city, being a member of the Tuxedo Park Company, along with David Finkelstein and Frederick Heubach, which developed the Town of Tuxedo. He also had a financial interest in the Canadian Elevator Company. He died at San Marino, California on 20 December 1932 and was interred at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is commemorated by Kenaston Boulevard in Winnipeg.


“Important change in elevator co.,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 September 1907, page 11.

“Former resident of city dies at San Marino, Cal.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1932, page 6.

“F. Kenaston dies in south at age of 80,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 December 1932, page 3.

This page was prepared by James Shirley and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2018

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