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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Edwin Bowles (1873-1949)


Born near Brampton, Ontario on 31 May 1873, son of John Bowles and Mary Lester, he was educated at the Brampton High School and Collingwood Collegiate. After teaching for three years at the Orangeville Model School, he returned to Brampton to obtain his matriculation then enrolled at the Osgoode Hall Law School and articled in law with E. G. Graham, completing his legal training in 1902. He moved to Winnipeg in 1905 and associated with various law partners through the years.

He served as President of the Winnipeg Young Liberal Club, Secretary of the Winnipeg Liberal Association, and President of the Winnipeg Centre Liberals. He was involved in the formation of the Winnipeg Choral Association and the Winnipeg High School Orchestra. He was a member of Grace United Church and, later, Westminster United Church. He served on the board of the Children’s Aid Association, and he was President of the South Winnipeg Boy Scouts for 15 years. He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Sons of Temperance. He was a member of the Winnipeg School Board (1922 to 1933) and was its Chairman from 1928 to 1929. He was a founder of the River Heights Community Club.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 998 Grosvenor Avenue, on 25 July 1949 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Former Chairman of School Board dies, age 76”, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 1949, page 11.

Winnipeg Free Press necrology files. [University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 November 2011

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