Memorable Manitobans: David Wilson Beaubier (1864-1938)
Farmer, businessman, MP (1930-1935), MP (1936-1940).
Born at St. Mary’s, Ontario on 2 May 1864, son of Thomas Jefferous Beaubier and Elizabeth Jane Cathcart (1834-1932), he attended Parkhill High School. He moved to Manitoba and became a businessman and farmer at Brandon.
In 1891, he married Lucy Ellen Horner (1871-1962) and they had nine children: Thomas Henry Beaubier (1892-1893), Lucy Eleanor Beaubier, Fred Beatty Beaubier (1896-1974), David Horner Beaubier (1898-1935), John Cathcart “Jack” Beaubier (1900-1990), Edward Jerome Beaubier (1901-1993), George Beaubier (1904-1997), Phillip James Beaubier (1908-1995), and Barbara Elizabeth Beaubier (1916-2004, wife of John Heaslip).
He served in the First World War, raising the 181st Battalion in 1916 and taking it to England as Lieutenant-Colonel. After his return from military duty, he was a candidate for Brandon at the federal general elections of 1925 and 1926 but was defeated each time. He was elected in 1930 and re-elected in 1935.
He died at his Brandon home, 403 Twelfth Street, on 1 September 1938, and was replaced as MP by James Ewen Matthews. He was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
1916 Canadian census, Library and Archives Canada.
“David Beaubier dies suddenly at his home,” Brandon Sun, 1 September 1938, page 2.
Obituary [Barbara Elizabeth Beaubier Heaslip], Brandon Sun, 8 April 2004, page 45.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 August 2021