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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Brown (1870-1921)

Horticulturalist, civil servant.

Born at Liverpool, England on 15 January 1870, son of Albert and Elizabeth Brown, he graduated from the Birkenhead Grammar School in 1884 then worked for a few years in the freight office of the Cheshire railroad. He went to Los Angeles, California where he worked in a fruit orchard. In 1889 he came to Canada and settled at Winnipeg where he worked in various nurseries and greenhouses until moving to Brandon as Chief Horticulturalist at the Brandon Experimental Farm. In 1904 he became Editor of The Successful Agriculturalist and, while holding this position, was appointed City Clerk of Brandon, in 1905 and held the position until his death.

On 19 February 1896, he married Annie Maud Wickett (1878-1955, daughter of John Wickett of Brandon) and they had seven children: Ethel May Brown (1896-?), Grace Elizabeth Johnson Brown (1897-?), Mary Bella Brown (1898-?), Harry Albert K. Brown (1900-?), John King Brown (1902-1956), Clifford Wilfred Brown (1904-?), and Hazel Irene Brown (1908-?). He was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church, Knights of Pythias, Brandon Horticulturalist Society (President), and Brandon Operatic Society (Vice-President).

He died at Brandon on 16 November 1921 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Harry Brown, Brandon city clerk, is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 November 1921, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 December 2021

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