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Memorable Manitobans: William Brown (1870-1943)

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William Brown
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Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1923-1927).

Born near Lindsay, Ontario on 21 February 1870, he came to Manitoba in 1888 where he farmed near Roland. On 6 January 1904, he married Jennie Bruce (?-?) and they had two children: Ralph Churchill Brown (1905-1981) and Jennifer Brown (1907-?). He was superintendent of the Pomeroy United Church Sunday School for over 25 years, a member of the Orange Lodge, and a school trustee. He was one of the first councillors of the Rural Municipality of Dufferin and a Councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Roland. Elected for the Dufferin constituency at the 1922 provincial general election, he served a single term and did not stand for re-election. He died at Carman on 9 November 1943 and was buried in the Carman Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Wm. Brown, M.L.A., dies at Carman, Man.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 143]

Obituary, Western Municipal News, December 1943, page 301.

Obituary [Ralph Churchill Brown], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1981, page 55.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 January 2021

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