James Henry CADHAM (1850-1907)

James Henry CADHAM (1850-1907)

Born in London, Canada West [now Ontario], on 31 August 1850, son of Thomas Cadham (1811-1864) and Eliza Ann Orchard (c1830-1866) and brother to John Orchard Cadham. His parents were natives of England and early settlers of Canada. His father operated a sash, door, and blind factory near London, Ontario.

He was educated in the public schools of London, left early to learn the carpentry trade. He came to Manitoba in 1870. On arrival he volunteered as a private in the Red River Expedition under General Wolseley and became a member of the No. 1 Battalion under Captain Cooke. He was discharged on 04 March 1871 and became engaged actively in the contracting and building trade. He was a pioneer architect in Winnipeg and from 1895 devoted most of his energies towards his profession, confining his work to large warehouses and stores. Some of his architectural works in Manitoba include: Alloway Building, Gault Building, Merchants Building, Manitoba Medical College, Moss House, St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg Saddlery Building, Scott Block

Building Contractor, Architect

In 1874, he married Elizabeth Josephine Calanan (1855-1928) of Perry, Treherne, Wisconsin. They had seven children: Raymond Cadham (1875-1876), Ethel May Cadham (c1876-1941), Frederick Todd Cadham (1880-1961), James Henry Cadham (1883-1888), Joseph Gibbons Cadham (1887-1946), Frank Calanan Cadham (1891-1956), and Laura Marguerite Cadham (1892-1973). He was a Mason and Odd Fellow.

He died in Winnipeg on 10 December 1907 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Death Registrations, Ontario Vital Statistics.
  • USA Social Security Applications and Claims Index.
  • Obituary [Mrs. Ethel M. Hall], Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1941, page 20.
  • Obituary [Joseph Cadham], The Gazette [Montreal] , 20 June 1946, page 12.


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