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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Theodore Batsford (1892-1977)


Though he was born at Minneapolis, Minnesota on 5 June 1892, during the First World War he served in France for Canada. In October 1918 he returned from overseas and rejoined the Manitoba Free Press as an editorial cartoonist and reporter. He testified in the 1919 preliminary hearing of the Winnipeg strike leaders. Between 1921 and 1926 Batsford drew a Canadian comic strip variously called “Unk and Billy” or “Billy’s Uncle.” In 1939 he was living in Garden City, New York and working on a comic strip for Edgar Bergen called “Mortimer and Charlie,” introducing the characters of Mortimer Snerd and Charlie McCarthy. Batsford died at East Northport, New York on 11 February 1977.


We thank Wendy Hart for providing additional information used here.

This profile was prepared by Michael Dupuis with assistance from a Batsford family researcher.

Page revised: 7 August 2011

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