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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas William Bailey (1879-1963)


Born in Oxford County, Ontario on 3 July 1879, son of William Bailey (c1849-1901) and Elizabeth Vance (1860-1949), the family came to Manitoba in 1881 and settled on a farm about a half-mile north of the present site of Decker. He was educated at Hamiota School. On 28 February 1911, he married Evelyn Walsh at Birtle. They had nine children: William Lawrence Bailey (b 1912), Florence Ethel Bailey (b 1914, wife of Raymond Stainthorpe), Ruth Elizabeth Bailey (b 1915, wife of Roy Fleming), Thomas R. Bailey (b 1917), Mildred Bailey (b 1919, wife of W. Campbell), John W. Bailey (b 1921), Elizabeth “Betty” Bailey (b ?, wife of Ralph Cochrane), Albert E. Bailey (b ?), and ? Bailey (b ?, wife of T. Macri). He was a member of the Orrwold Presbyterian Church and IOOF, and served for over 40 years as Secretary-Treasurer of the Decker School District. Active in gardening, he participated for many years in the Youth Farm Club. He died at Decker on 17 September 1963 and was buried in the Hamiota Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1949, page 28.

“Thomas William Bailey enters into rest,” Hamiota Echo, 25 September 1963, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Blaine Little.

Page revised: 13 January 2018

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