He moved with his parents to Burpee township, Manitoulin Island, in about 1881. He appeared on the census of 1891, at at Gore Bay, District of Manitoulin. He left home and moved to at Sault Ste. Marie,sometime after 1891. He moved to Treherne, Manitoba in about 1901.
He married Johanna
Annetta Wiechmann , daughter of Diedrich Wiechmann and Gesina Bartels,
on 8 Jun 1904 at Rathwell, South Norfolk, Manitoba.
They moved to Port Perry, Ontario on 9 Jun 1904 and in Apr 1905 he moved to Kinistino, Saskatchewan and she followed a short time later,
He obtained a homestead on 3 Aug 1905 on the at fractional south half of Sec.24, Twp.46, Rge.22, W of 2nd Mer., Kinistino.
He died on 17 Sep 1962,
in Kinistino, at age 82 and was buried on 20 Sep 1962, in the Kinistino
They had 5 children:
2. Gordon James
Harper was born on 9 September 1906 in Kinistino, Saskatchewan.
He married Irene Frances Gilbertson, daughter of Karl Johan Gilbertson
and Bertha Stenitta Lovaas, on 9 Nov 1934 in the United Church Manse,
Kinistino. He died on 19 Apr 1956, in the Kinistino Hospital, Kinistino,
Saskatchewan, at age 49 and was buried on 23 Apr 1956 in the Kinistino
3. Florence Mildred Harper was born on 9 Dec 1908 in Kinistino. She married Victor Alfred Spencer on 6 Apr 1933 at Kinistino, Saskatchewan.
4. Frieda Jane Harper was born on 11 Feb 1911 Kinistino. She married Leslie Gillingham on 13 Aug 1942 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She died in Oct 1975, in Kinistino, Saskatchewan, at age 64.
5. Louise Ethel
Harper was born on 11 Sep 1917 at Kinistino, Saskatchewan. She died
on 8 Jan 1928, at Kinistino, Saskatchewan, at age 10. She was buried on
11 Jan 1928, in the Kinistino Cemetery.