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Memorable Manitobans: Charles David Batty (1861-1939)

Tailor, postmaster, municipal official.

Born in London, England on 30 October 1861, son of John Batty and Fannie Berry, he apprenticed as a tailor until the age of 25 when he emigrated to Canada. He worked for five years as a tailor in Winnipeg then went to Hartney where he established a tailor shop. He closed the business in July 1912 when he was appointed postmaster of Hartney. He attended the Anglican church, and was a member of the Masons, Ancient Order of United Workmen, the IOOF, and the Hartney Board of Trade. He served as a school trustee, secretary-treasurer of the school board (1903-1923), Police Magistrate (1903-1934), and Mayor of Hartney (1928-1934). He died at the Winnipeg home of his daughter, where he had lived for the last four years of his life, on 30 December 1939. He was buried in the Hartney Cemetery.


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

“Noted pioneer of Hartney dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1940, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 October 2020

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