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Memorable Manitobans: John Woodman (1861-1944)

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Born at Oshawa, Ontario on 5 October 1861, brother of G. O. 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 A. E. 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 G. S. Rutherford), Alan Charles Woodman, Douglas Sidney “Jim” Woodman (1904-?), Edward George Woodman (1906-1944), Ethel Constance Mary Woodman (1908-1983, wife of George Maulson), and Margaret Mills Woodman (1910-2006, wife of Jeffery Stirton). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, the St. Charles Country Club, and the Anglican Church.

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

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:




Eaton’s Department Store

320 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


Allen Building

288 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg


Somerset Building

294 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


Breadalbane Apartments

379 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg


Lindsay Building

228 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg


Free Press Building

300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg


Union Stock Yards Office

780 Marion Street, Winnipeg


Claude Heubach Residence

64 Nassau 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



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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 June 2014

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