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Memorable Manitobans: Percy Beachell (1874-1969)

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Percy Beachell
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Merchant, politician.

Born at Yorkshire, England in 1874, one of fifteen children, he immigrated with his family to Manitoba in 1889, first to Portage la Prairie, then to Rosser. Active in local government, he served as a councillor of the Rural Municipality of Rosser from 1914 to 1921, then as Reeve from 1922 to 1953. He became involved in all aspects of life in Rosser, serving as its first postmaster, its agricultural implement dealer, its insurance agent, and warden of the Anglican church from 1902 to 1926. He was active in rural electrification and in improving rural medical facilities, and served as President of the Manitoba Good Roads Association (1938-1953) and President of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities (1944-1945). On 18 December 1919, he married Stella Marion Briggs (1895-1951) at Mossey River and they had two children, Marion Joy Beachell (wife of E. Ashley) and Percy Alan Beachell. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 14 November 1969 and was buried in the St. Michael’s Anglican Cemetery. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Percy Beachell to head good roads body,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1938, page 5.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, April 1939, page 101.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 December 2019

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