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Memorable Manitobans: John Percy Wadge (1875-1951)

Educator, broker.

Born at Cartwright, Ontario on 14 August 1875, son of William Wadge (1830-?) and Sophia N. Mitchell (1848-?), and brother of Herbert William Wadge, he came to Manitoba with his parents in 1883, living at Manitou for three years where his father was in the employ of the Massey-Harris Company. He moved to Winnipeg, graduated from Wesley College (BA, 1895), and became a teacher, beginning work at Clearsprings School (c1896) prior to serving as the Principal of Stonewall School (1897), Science Master [Department Head] at the Brandon Collegiate Institute (1898-1899), and Principal of Alexander School (1899-1900), after which he took respite upon his physicians’ order during the early months of 1901. He worked as a reporter for the Manitoba Free Press until stepping down in October 1902 to study law and work for the partnership of Coldwell & Coleman while remaining as a correspondent with the Free Press. On 22 October 1904, he married Margaret Tully (1875-1949) in Rural Municipality of Strathclair. In the following years, he worked in the Brandon real estate and financial brokerage businesses, served as City Alderman (1911-1912), and graduated from Brandon College (1912). His whereabouts during and after the First World War are unknown. He reportedly entered the mining sector and maintained industry interests until his death. He moved to British Columbia around 1945 and died at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on 23 December 1951 with burial in the Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“The university examinations [B.A.],” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 7 June 1895, page 5.

“Clearsprings,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 4 March 1896, page 1.

“Rockwood,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 29 December 1897, page 6.

“Pedagogy,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 4 January 1898, page 4.

“Mr. Wadge protests,” Weekly Sun [Brandon], 3 January 1901, page 1.

“Local & district [Mr. John P. Wadge ...],” Weekly Sun [Brandon], 2 May 1901, page 24.

“Local and district [John P. Wadge],” Weekly Sun [Brandon], 23 October 1902, page 15.

“John Wadge,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 December 1906, page 7.

“Several candidates escaped contests,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 15 December 1910, page 1.

“New council made up of old timers,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 January 1911, page 2.

“Wanted Wadge’ seat vacated,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 25 May 1911, page 20.

“Asked Alderman to resign seat,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 30 November 1911, page 19.

“Degrees conferred for the first time,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 16 May 1912, page 9.

“Brandon City’s civic affairs,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 December 1912, page 15.

“Birthday congratulations,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 August 1913, page 13.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 November 2018

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