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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph H. Leonard (1870-?)


Born at Dublin, Ireland in 1870, son of Samuel Leonard and Elizabeth Bell, the family emigrated to Canada in 1885 where he completed his education in the high school of Montreal. In 1890, he began working for the plumbing supply firm of Robert Mitchell and Company then, seven years later, he came to Winnipeg and spent a few months working for the J. H. Ashdown Hardware Company before moving to St. Paul, Minnesota and spending four years tworking for the Crane and Ordway Company. He returned to Winnipeg to open a branch of the firm there. After 14 years with Crane and Ordway, he went into business for himself as a manufacturers’ agent, representing such firms as Glauber Brass Manufacturing Company, the Ideal Manufacturing Company, and the C. A. Dunham Company.

In 1907 he married Minnie Graham of Toronto. They had a daughter. The family lived at 844 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Carleton Club, Adanac Club, AF & AM (St. John’s Lodge), and IOOF (Manitoba Lodge No. 1).


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2010

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