Memorable Manitobans: William Herman “Bill” Brett (1887-1964)
Born at Alliston, Ontario on 22 October 1887, son of William Brett and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Scott (1855-1943), and brother of Norman Ewart Brett, he accompanied his family to the Dugald area in 1889. He farmed near Birds Hill and Stonewall and was a founder and President of the Brett Manufacturing Company Limited (1912-1922), Pioneer Hatchery, and Brett-Young Limited. He was also President of the Canadian Seed Growers Association (?-?), Terminal Curling Club (1927-1928), Manitoba Curling Association (1957-1958, Honourary Life Member 1958), and was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, Granite Curling Club, and St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church. On 26 June 1918, he married Dorothy Dawson Keenleyside (1896-1951) at Winnipeg and had a daughter, Gloria Brett. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 17 January 1964 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [William Brett], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1901 & 1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #44503 - Dorothy D. Brett, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Mrs. William Brett], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1943, page 4.
Obituary [William Brett], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1953, page 42.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 18 January 1964, page 26.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1964, page 31.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #282/64 - William Herman Brett, Archives of Manitoba.
Brookside Cemetery burial transcriptions, City of Winnipeg.
We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 2 May 2022