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Memorable Manitobans: William A. Bridgett (1867-?)

Hardware merchant, municipal official.

Born near Owen Sound, Ontario on 29 September 1867, son of William and Alicia Bridgett, he apprenticed for four years in the hardware business with the firm of R. P. Butchart & Brothers at Owen Sound. He arrived in Manitoba in 1889 and, two years later, arrived in Pipestone where he established a hardware store. He sold out three years later and moved to Virden where he worked for J. A. Shoenau, resigning in April 1898 to take charge of the W. Wyatt Lumber Company. In December 1903, the company was incorporated with Bridgett as director and manager, and six branch stores were subsequently established. He was a partner in the farm land realty company of Simpson & Bridgett, a director of the Virden Brick & Tile Company, and a shareholder in the Oak Lake shooting grounds.

On 25 October 1899 he married Rhoda Richardson of Winnipeg. They had three children: Helen Elizabeth Bridgett, Mabel Gertrude Bridgett and William Frederick Bridgett. He was a Mason and a member of the IOOF. He served on the Virden city council and was elected Mayor of Virden in 1912. He attended the founding 1905 Brandon meeting of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities. He served as president of the Virden Board of Trade and president of the Virden Agricultural Association.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 October 2009

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