Memorable Manitobans: John Brockest (1863-1938)
Born in Bruce County, Ontario on 31 October 1863, son of Henry Brockest and Martha Jackson, he apprenticed as a tinsmith then worked as a journeyman and traveling salesman before coming to Winnipeg in 1897.
He worked as a traveling salesman for the McClary Manufacturing Company for four years then, in 1901, he went into partnership with H. J. Clare in the firm of Clare & Brockest Limited. It sold ranges, furnaces, and metal goods, becoming incorporated in 1910 with branch offices at Calgary and Edmonton.
In September 1886, he married Florence Yuker (1868-1946) of Hamilton, Ontario. They had five children, including Lorne Henry Brockest (1889-1934), Roy C. Brockest (1894-?), and Ethel Ethel Brockest (1899-?).
three sons and two daughters. The family resided at 243 Bell Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Masons (St. John’s Lodge No. 4), Adanac Club, and the North West Commercial Travelers Association.
Birth registration [Florence Ethel Brockest], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 June 2023