The Weyburn, (Sask.) Review, July 26th - While on a visit to his son, Dr. Jarrett, at Dolgesville, N.Y., George James Goodwin Jarrett took seriously ill and passed away Friday morning, July 13, in his 87th year. Mr. Jarrett was born at Raglan. In 1885 he took a homestead at Oak Lake, Manitoba.
Later he married and took up residence at Virden, Manitoba. While living there, he built flour mills at Winkler and Gretna. He was an excellent builder and contractor and the urge to go farther west brought him in 1902 to Weyburn, where he started the building of the Soo Line Mill. In 1903, while completing this job, he moved with his family to make his residence at Weyburn for almost the next 40 years. Mr. Jarrett was also an architect and drew the plans for many public buildings but the main building was the Methodist Church which is now the United Church, where he and his late wife, Mrs. Jarrett, were staunch pillars in the church and community.
Mr. Jarrett was of the progressive type and was one of the early aldermen. He was connected with the hospital board, the Board of Trade, and a member of the Weyburn Rotary Club, and during his term of membership with this club, he had 100% attendance.
It was during these early days that Mr. Jarrett was appointed a committee of one by the Board of Trade of Weyburn to go to Winnipeg (at his own expense) and interview the C.P.R. in reference to Weyburn having more railway outlets. Through his salesmanship and determination, he was able to secure the connecting line from Stoughton to Weyburn, and in doing this, they then had a direct line to Winnipeg. Not being satisfied, he kept working on the project until the dreams of many western pioneers were realized by having the west line built from Weyburn to Assiniboia and then to Shaunavon, and west to Lethbridge, Alberta.
Mr. Jarrett was appointed collector of customs and held this position until his retirement. About 1940, he decided to leave Weyburn and move to Niagara-on-the-Lake to be closer to his family and after establishing residence, he lost his life partner in 1942.
He then sold his home at Niagara-on-the-Lake and moved to Grimsby Beach where he has resided until his death. Mr. Jarrett was a man of high ideals and left many friends and neighbours who will greatly miss him.