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Memorable Manitobans: William Bachman (1851-1925)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born on 30 September 1851, he served in the Prussian cavalry during the German war before emigrating to Canada in 1888. His family consisted of his wife Mary Elizabeth Bachman (1851-1932) and daughter Emma Dorothy Bachman (1880-1979, wife of William Shaw Jr., son of William Robert Shaw). They homesteaded in the Ladywood School District where he donated an acre of land for the location of the Cromwell School District.

He later moved to Beausejour, where he was a member of the first village Council (1909-?) and became Mayor of Beausejour (1912-1914). Through a practical joke of the town’s clerk, during inspection of the newly-build Beausejour jail, both he (as Mayor) and Chief Constable Thomas Deaker were locked inside and officially recorded recorded as first “inmates.” In retirement, he was Truant Officer for the Beausejour School District. His cottage was located on Second Street next to the schoolyard. He died at Beausejour on 5 April 1925 and is presumed to be buried in the Beausejour Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cromwell School No. 1117 (RM of Brokenhead)


1901 & 1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Deaths and funerals [Mrs. Elizabeth Bachman],” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1932, page 5.

Obituary [Emma Dorothy Shaw], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1979, page 31.

They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba - 1875-1981 by the Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee, 1982.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 June 2014

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