Memorable Manitobans: James White (1861-1941)
Building contractor, inventor.
Born in Ontario on 26 August 1861, he came to Manitoba in the 1880s and settled at Carberry, where he worked as a building contractor, sash and door manufacturer, and business owner. In addition to his own home, he built his factory, a business block in downtown Carberry, and the Presbyterian, Methodist (United), and Anglican churches. It is said that he invented a system to capture waste steam from his factory to heat his nearby home. On 21 December 1887, he married Margaret Cooper (1861-1944) at Brandon. They had two children: Charles Wesley White (1889-?) and Ettie May White (1891-?). He died at Carberry on 26 September 1941 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Churches stand as memorials” by Penny Ham, Brandon Sun, 11 October 1978, page 25.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 March 2022