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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Alexander Leslie “Frank” Bickle (1887-1963)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Whitechurch, Ontario on 2 October 1887, son of Henry James Bickle and Annie Elizabeth Pentland (1864-1933), he came to Manitoba with his family and lived at Gladstone. He later worked for the Canadian Northern Railway in Saskatchewan and Manitoba before moving to The Pas in 1913. He established an insurance and real estate business which he managed until his death. In 1919, he founded Bickle Motors, the first Ford automobile dealership in northern Manitoba. In September 1929, he married Anna C. Spalding (1911-1999) and they had two sons. He served on the local municipal council (1918-1919, 1928-1930) and was Mayor of The Pas (1948-1951). He was a member of the Masons, Khartum Shriners, The Pas Chamber of Commerce (President), and The Pas Curling Club. He died at The Pas on 24 October 1963 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, The Pas Herald, 30 October 1963, page 2.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Henry Franklin Bickle, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Ralph McLean and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

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