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Memorable Manitobans: Laurence Edward Brownell (1891-1949)


Born at Truro, Nova Scotia on 22 March 1891, son of Florence and Robert Brownell, he worked as a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press before becoming Editor-in-Chief of the National Home Monthly magazine, a position he held for 18 years. He was at one time President of the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Authors Association, the Winnipeg Press Club, and the Canukeena Club (1938-1939). He served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. A former resident of 103 Lenore Street where he lived with his wife Alison Rachel Merry, whom he married on 17 September 1919 at Winnipeg, he had two children: Dr. E. G. Brownell and Donald R. Brownell. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 20 December 1949 and was later buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Magazine editor 18 years, Laurence E. Brownell dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 128]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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