Memorable Manitobans: Hector Halbertram Bradburn (1872-1958)
Oil company executive.
Born at Peterborough, Ontario on 10 June 1872, son of William Bradburn and Eleanor Stinson, he was educated at the Peterborough High School. He began working as a hardware clerk at Peterborough in 1890 then was a travelling representative for McColl Brothers (later McColl Frontenac Oil Company) from 1891 to 1895. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and opened branches of the firm around the province and was afterwards made manager at Vancouver.
In 1902, he came to Winnipeg and established Manitoba and Alberta branches of the business and, in 1911, was General Manager of McColl Brothers & Company located at Sherman and Henry Avenue. He became Vice-President of McColl Frontenac in 1929 and served until shortly before his death. He was also a Director of the Gas Traction Company and was active in real estate.
On 29 October 1891, he married Sarah Scammons Winch (c1871-1949) of Peterborough and they had three children: Thelma Bradburn (1895-?, wife of Alfred Campo), Vernal William Bradburn (1899-1927), and Marjorie Helen Bradburn (1905-?, wife of Charles T. Spencer). He was a member of the Commercial Club and AF & AM. His recreations included shooting, hunting, boating, and fishing. He lived at 662 Wellington Crescent (1909-1936) and 686 Wellington Crescent (1936-1958).
Marriage registration, Ancestry.
Birth registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Obituary [Sarah Bradburn], Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1949, page 17.
“Retired oil executive dead at 86,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1958, page 10.
“Free Press Necrology Files,” Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]
Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 January 2023