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Memorable Manitobans: Carter Hawkins Brindle (1867-1957)


Born at Blackburn, England on 23 November 1867, he came to Canada in 1884 with his family and homesteaded near Virden. They moved to Souris in 1887 and, until 1892, he drove a stagecoach along the Plum Creek Trail between Souris and Brandon. By 1900, he was working as a painter, architect, and builder. He designed many of the brick commercial buildings along Crescent Avenue. In September 1910 he joined the Manitoba Association of Architects and continued to practise until the late 1930s. On 30 June 1903, he married Ida Lora Lawson (c1879-1959) at Souris. They had five children: Susie Marion Gwendoline Brindle (1904-?, wife of James Shand), Hattie Martha Brindle (1909-2005, wife of William Moncur), Harry Edwin Brindle (1913-?), Edith Brindle (1916-?), and Ida M. Brindle (1920-?). He died at Souris on 23 July 1957 and was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Souris Town Hall




Fifth Avenue Methodist Church

Fifth Street West, Souris



McBurney House

Third Street and Fifth Avenue, Souris



Sowden House / Hillcrest Museum




Souris School No. 285



Demolished (?)

Bunclody School No. 383

Municipality of Grassland


Demolished (?)

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: People


1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1949, page 19.

“Funeral held for widow of Souris’s first mail carrier,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1959, page 5.

“Pair marks 50th anniversary,” Brandon Sun, 8 February 1975, page 21.

“Small remnant all that remains of 120-year-old Plum Creek Trail,” Brandon Sun, 11 July 2005, page 4.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Reid Dickie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 May 2019

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