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Memorable Manitobans: John Woodman (1861-1944)

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John Woodman
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Engineer, architect.

Born at Oshawa, Ontario on 5 October 1861, brother of Gordon Ogilvie Woodman, he came to Winnipeg in 1880 with a survey crew of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He remained with the company, in its engineering department, rising to the rank of Chief Engineer for the Western Division, from which post he retired in 1901. At that time he entered private practice as an architect, practicing with Arthur Edward Cubbidge after 1917, and retiring in 1927. He was for some years a partner of Raymond Carey.

He and wife Sophia Littlejohn Stevenson (1871-1964) had eight children: Henry John Woodman, Frederick Victor Woodman (1892-1972), Sophia Amy Woodman (1897-1980, wife of Gaston De Jardin, second wife of Gerald Stewart Rutherford), Alan Charles Woodman, Douglas Sidney “Jim” Woodman (1904-?), Edward George Woodman (1906-1944), Ethel Constance Mary Woodman (1908-1983, wife of George Maulson, daughter-in-law of Harold Frederick Maulson), and Margaret Mills Woodman (1910-2006, wife of Jeffery Stirton). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and Anglican Church.

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 504 River Avenue, on 17 May 1944 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Eaton’s Department Store

320 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Allen Building

288 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg



Thomas Davidson Warehouse

515 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg



Somerset Building

294 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



St. Alban’s Anglican Church

468 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (1950)

Breadalbane Apartments

379 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg



Lindsay Building

228 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg



Hudson’s Bay Company Garage

115 Garry Street, Winnipeg



Free Press Building

300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg



Clarks Brothers Warehouse

448 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg



Union Stockyards Office

780 Marion Street, Winnipeg



Claude Heubach Residence

64 Nassau Street, Winnipeg



J. R. Watkins Company Building

90 Annabella Street, Winnipeg



Paris Building

259 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Stovel Printing Building

365 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg



The Public Press Building

290 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg



General Steele School

757 Lyon Street, Winnipeg



Eaton’s Printing Plant and Warehouse

130 Galt Avenue, Winnipeg



Vaughan Apartments

219 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg




1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John Woodman dies after long illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1944.

“John Woodman dies, aged 84,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 May 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 152]

Second World War Service Files [Captain Edward George Woodman, Deceased: 7 December 1944], Library and Archives of Canada.

“10 Manitobans are included in 2 Army casualty releases,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1945, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1964.

Obituary [Major F. Victor Woodman], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1972, page 31.

Obituary [Sophia Amy Rutherford], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 1980, page 36.

Obituary [Ethel Constance Mary Maulson], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1983, page 62.

Obituary [Margaret Louise Stirton], Edmonton Journal, 27 April 2006.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Gail Singleton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 February 2021

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