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Manitoba History No. 89
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Memorable Manitobans: Ira Stratton (1865-1943)

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Ira Stratton
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Publisher, postmaster, realtor.

Born at Trenton, Ontario in August 1865, son of Cyrus Stratton and Anna Lovie, he was educated at public schools of Northumberland County, Ontario. He taught school at Morganston, Ontario until 1889 when he came to Stonewall. He taught school for two years then he purchased the Stonewall News newspaper, changing its name to Stonewall Argus. He was appointed postmaster and held the position for several years, and was involved in organization of the Canadian Postmasters’ Association. He was secretary of the Manitoba Postmasters’ Association since its foundation in 1903, and instrumental in formation of similar bodies in other provinces, and finally of the federal organization of which he was general secretary.

On 28 December 1911, he married Mary Louise Oughton. During 1902 he was general land guide for the federal government. He later became involved in real estate. He served as Chairman of the Stonewall High School Board, Secretary of the Stonewall Board of Trade since 1901, President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1915-1916), and President of the Liberal Association for the federal constituency of Selkirk. He ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for Rockwood in the 1907 and 1910 provincial general elections. He was a member of the IOOF, AOUW, and Maccabees.

He died at Winnipeg on 12 April 1943 and was buried in Stonewall Cemetery.

Sources:

“The editors of the provincial liberal press”, Manitoba Free Press, 13 December 1901, page 10.

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.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

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

“Pioneer school official dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1943, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 September 2018

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