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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Wesley Brethour (1856-1947)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born in Perth County, Ontario on 2 May 1856, son of David Brethour and Eliza Shier, he worked on the family farm until 1879 when he came to Manitoba and took up a farm in the vicinity of Newdale. On 17 March 1891 he married Elizabeth Merriott, daughter of David and Ann Merriott. They had four children: Sadie Brethour (b 1892), Oscar Raymond Brethour (1894-1917), Randel Arthur Brethour (b 1897), and Olive Brethour (b 1900). He belonged to the Loyal Orange Lodge and the Knights of Pythias. He served as a councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Hamiota. He died at Hamiota on 9 April 1947 and was buried in the Hamiota Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“W. Brethour, 90, died at Hamiota,” Rivers Gazette, 17 April 1947, page 4.

A History of Hamiota Village and Municipalty by Hamiota Women’s Institute, 1953.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2015

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