O'Hare Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jesse Boiteau
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(February 2015)

Finding aid encoded by Andrea Martin (February 2015)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

O'Hare Family

O'Hare Family fonds


0.06 m of textual records, 16 photographs

Mss 396 Pc 338 (A13-57)


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Biography of the O'Hare Family

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.

John O’Hare 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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Scope and Contents of the Collection

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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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series: Personal Documents and Ephemera (Mss 393), and, Family Photographs (Pc 338)

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Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Related Materials

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Custodial History

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal Documents and Ephemera (Mss 393) [ 1881-2013 ]
11 Shares of the Thistle Curling Rink Co. and the Thistle Holding Company Ltd. 1912, 1918
2 Certificates from the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Manitoba 1910-1938
3 Hand drawn map of the Brookside Cemetary and surrounding area [192-?]
4 Wedding Invitation for John O'Hare and Florence Bridger 1901
5 Florence Francis (Bridger) O'Hare's Certificate of Baptism 1881
6 John O'Hare's Financial Papers 1902-1946
7 John O'Hare's Legal Documents 1922, 1936
8 Newspaper Clippings [192-?]-1985
9 John O'Hare's Yukon Gold Rush bag [189-]
10 Metal and Wood Printing Block [190-?]
11 U.S. Military Payment Certificate; Hong Kong Government issued bank note 1941-1948
12 Manitoba Certificate of Title signed by John O'Hare 1936
13 Thomas Bridger's Birth Certificate 1928
14 John O'Hare's Statement of Death 2013

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Family Photographs (Pc 338) 1887-1938
115 Framed Photograph of Thomas Bridger [190-?]
16 O'Hare Family Photographs (includes 1 tin-type) 1887-1938
17 Framed Portrait of Sarah Ellen Lawrence [188-?]
18 Framed Portrait of Sarah Ellen Lawrence [188-?]

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