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Memorable Manitobans: Amasa E. Mellen (1866-1949)

Pioneer, municipal official.

Born in Michigan on 29 January 1866, he moved to Forest, Ontario before relocating to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with his family in 1873. A pioneer in the area, he worked as a grain buyer, dealt in real estate, and bought and sold horses. He also owned and operated the Elite Theatre, which he established in 1907. He served as manager there until the time of his death. An active citizen, he was on the Portage city council for seven years between 1909 and 1939. In his later life, he enjoyed flying and attending rodeos.

He and his wife Jennie Morrison, whom he married in 1900, had five children: Edward Mellen, Owen Mellen, Mignon Mellen, Dolly Mellen, and Frances Mellen. On 2 October 1949, he died at his home in Portage la Prairie. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Amasa E. Mellen, Portage pioneer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 122]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 17 August 2010

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