Fonds MSS 393 - O'Hare Family fonds

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O'Hare Family fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • 1881-2013 (Creation)
    O'Hare Family
  • 1881-1964 (Creation)
    O'Hare, John

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0.06 m of textual records
16 photographs

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The O’Hare family was a prominent Manitoban family. John O’Hare, born on July 1 1876, was the son of Peter O’Hare and Sarah Ann O’Hare. Sara Ann later remarried Henry Lawrence and changed her name to Sarah Ann Lawrence. John O’Hare married Florence Frances Bridger (daughter of Thomas and Sara Bridger) in 1901, they had three children: Ralph, Elva, and Zella Mae. Elva graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1928 with a degree in Varsity Arts. Zella Mae married Bill Webber. Bill Webber served in WWII in the Canadian Navy as a member of the Fleet Air Arm. He also managed the Winnipeg Monarchs to two Canadian junior Hockey Memorial Cup National Championships in 1935 and 1937.

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John O’Hare was born on July 1, 1876. He participated in the Yukon Gold Rush between 1896 and 1901. He operated a grocery store in Winnipeg from 1902-1921. He later worked as a Sales Manager with Marvin’s Limited until he retired. John O’Hare served as a City of Winnipeg Alderman from 1921-1929, Winnipeg Police Commissioner in 1924, and was the President of the Thistle Curling Club, President of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, member of the Winnipeg Caterers Benevolent Association and honorary life member of the Manitoba Curling Association. O’Hare passed away on April 26, 1964.

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The O'Hare Family fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Terry Webber (son of Bill and Zelda Mae Webber) in May 2013.

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The collection consists of textual records including share certificates from the Thistle Curling Club and certificates from the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Manitoba as well as photographs of various members of the O’Hare family. Some of the more notable items include a tintype photograph of Peter O’Hare and a small leather pouch that John O’Hare used to hold gold nuggets during the Yukon Gold Rush.

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Photograph Collection

PC 338

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Prepared by Jesse Boiteau in May 2013.
Created by Andrea Martin in March 2015.
Revised by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson in July 2016.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 07 June 2017.

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  • English

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