Memorable Manitobans: Francis “Frank” Kerr (1866-1954)
Born at Duntroon, Ontario on 1 July 1866, son of James and Ann Kerr, he was educated at the public schools of Banda, Ontario. He came to Winnipeg in 1892 and was appointed Chief License Inspector and Relief Officer for City of Winnipeg in 1905. He served in the position until retirement in 1931. On 27 November 1895, he married Marion Tryphosa McCrindle (1870-1963) at Winnipeg and they subsequently had two children: Marion Christina Kerr (1898-1974, wife of Herbert George Cheney) and James Gordon Kerr (1899-?). He was a member of the IOOF (Manitoba Lodge No. 1), Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Conservative party, and Presbyterian church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 715 Fisher Street, on 21 June 1954 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1954, page 24.
“City resident since 1892, F. Kerr dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1954, page 33.
Obituary [Marion T. Kerr], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1963, page 24.
“Weekend toll 3; fire kills couple,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1974, page 74.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 September 2015