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Memorable Manitobans: John Fletcher Mitchell (1862-1943)

Click to enlargePublisher, photographer, MLA (1908-1910).

Born near Colborne, Ontario on 12 October 1862, son of Samuel Mitchell and Esther L. Sweet, he was educated at the public schools and commercial college. He came to Winnipeg and followed the trade of mechanical engineer and photographer. By 1925, he was President of the Winnipeg Printing and Engraving Company.

On 29 January 1890, he married Sarah A. H. Mitchell, daughter of John R. Mitchell of Omemee, Ontario. They had two sons and three daughters. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Past Master of Ionic Lodge, Past Master of King Edward Lodge, Past Grand and Veteran, St. John’s Lodge, IOOF.

He served as a Winnipeg City Alderman for some years and during 1900 was acting mayor. He represented the constituency of North Winnipeg in the Manitoba Legislature, where he introduced and carried through the Workman’s Compensation Act. In 1912 he assisted in organizing the 106th Winnipeg Light Infantry and was Quartermaster until his appointment as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment succeeding Major General Benson, K.C.B., the former Honorary Colonel. At the outbreak of the First World War, he accompanied the regiment to Valcartier and was first Quartermaster of the 10th Battalion.

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for Winnipeg North and served a single term, being defeated by S. H. Green.

He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 6 October 1943 and was buried in St. James Cemetery.

Sources:

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.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Col. J. Mitchell, former M.L.A., alderman, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 October 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 138]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 November 2014

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