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Memorable Manitobans: John Brockest (1863-1938)

Click to enlargeHardware merchant.

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 of Hamilton, Ontario. They had 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.

He died at Winnipeg on 16 May 1938.


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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2010

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