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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Ness (1860-1934)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born in Minnesota of Irish immigrant parents on 13 March 1860, his family came to Canada shortly after his birth and settled on a farm along the Assiniboine River. He later established a 500-acre farm, served as Municipal Assessor for the local government (1880) and was a municipal councillor. He was a candidate in a January 1888 by-election for the provincial Assiniboia constituency but was defeated by Duncan MacArthur. In 1884, he married Mathilde Casselman and they subsequently had eight children. In 1886, he became Secretary-Treasurer of the RM of Assiniboia, serving until his death on 29 March 1934. He was buried in the St. Charles Cemetery. He is commemorated by Ness Avenue in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Frank Ness, dean among municipality officials in Manitoba, dies, aged 74,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1934, page 1.

History of Ness Junior High, St. James Assiniboia School Division, 1974.

We thank the St. James Assiniboia School Division for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 December 2018

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