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Memorable Manitobans: James Gerald Latimer (1842-1927)

Building contractor, municipal official.

Born near Ottawa, Ontario in 1842, he lived on the family farm until the age of 16 when he apprenticed for four years as a carpenter at Ottawa before going into business as a building contractor. He came to Winnipeg in 1881 to participate in the building boom going on at that time.

In 1863 he married Adelia Blaisdell; they had eight sons. He served on the Winnipeg city council from 1901 to 1906, being Chairman of the Board of Works. In 1906, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the latter year against J. H. Ashdown then, the next year, was elected to the Board of Control, serving three years. He was Vice-President of the Municipal League of Manitoba, a valuator and appraiser for two trust companies in Winnipeg, and a member of Grace Church, the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, and the Order of Foresters.

He died at Vancouver, BC on 21 January 1927

Sources:

“J. G. Latimer, Winnipeg Pioneer, Dies At Coast” Manitoba Free Press, 22 January 1927 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 29 August 2009

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