Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Beveridge (1865-1932)
Born in Delaware Township, Ontario on 20 August 1865, son of Thomas Beveridge (c1826-1895) and Margaret Kennedy McLeish (?-1918), brother of Ebenezer Beveridge, the family moved to Manitoba in 1877 and settled on a farm at Little Mountain, where he taught at Little Mountain School (1884, 1888, 1889). He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1888 and received a divinity degree from Manitoba College in 1892. On 1 June 1892, he married Letitia Pritchard Cunningham (c1869-1940, daughter of James Cunningham) at Winnipeg. They had four children: Letitia Cunningham Beveridge (1893-1990, wife of Wilfred D. Ketcheson), Margaret Beveridge (1897-1988, wife of Norman W. Erskine), Thomas McLeish “Mac” Beveridge (1900-1970), and James Robertson “Rob” Beveridge (1904-?). He served as a Presbyterian (later United Church of Canada) minister at Franklin Presbyterian Church (1891-1894), Griswold Presbyterian Church (1894-?), St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (1897-1907), Deloraine Presbyterian, Camrose (Alberta), and West Hope (North Dakota). Following his retirement from active ministry, he moved to Melita in 1915 where he established the Melita New Era newspaper by purchasing and merging the Melita Enterprise (established 1891) and Melita Progress and Pierson Review. After eight years of publishing that paper, he sold it to his son-in-law Wilfred Ketcheson. He served as the minister at Tilston United Church during this period. He moved to Norwood in 1927 and purchased the Norwood Press, publishing it with his son Thomas. He was a candidate for the St. Boniface constituency in a provincial general election. He died at his Norwood home, 245 Kitson Street, on 30 November 1932 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
“Thomas Beveridge dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 May 1895, page 8.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Obituary [Margaret Kennedy McLeish], Manitoba Free Press, 2 March 1918, page 26.
“Rev. T. Beveridge dies following lengthy illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1932, page 2.
Obituary [Letitia Beveridge], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1940, page 20.
“Lance firm buys Norwood Press,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1960, page 5.
The Story of Manitoba’s Weekly Newspapers by Major A. M. Pratt, The Manitoba Weekly Newspapers Association, 1970, page 501-511.
Obituary [Thomas Beveridge], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 July 1970, page 28.
Rosedale Remembers by Rosedale Centennial Committee, c1984, page 165.
Reflections of Time: A History of the R.M. of Albert by Albert History Book Committee, 1984, pages 177-178.
Obituary [Margaret Erskine], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1988, page 34.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 January 2020
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