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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Burgess (1865-1952)

Municipal official.

Born at Lindsay, Ontario on 8 April 1865, son of Samuel Burgess and Anne Burgess, the family came to Manitoba in 1879 and homesteaded north of Minnedosa. He quit school in 1881 and came to Winnipeg, where he learned the butchering trade. He worked there until 1884 then returned to Minnedosa and opened a meat market in partnership with Albert Sewell. He later added a furniture store next door to his butchery, and owned some 480 acres of farm land nearby.

On 11 March 1890, he married Edith Wake (1870-1952), daughter of lumberman and grain dealer John Wake, at Minnedosa. They had ten children: Ellen Mabel Burgess (1891-?, wife of William Telford), Edith Anne Burgess (1892-?), Lillian K. Burgess (1895-?), William James Burgess (1896-?), Frederick Samuel Burgess (1898-?), Bessie Margaret Burgess (1899-?), John Anthony Burgess (1901-?), Herbert Joseph Burgess (1903-?), Dorothea Burgess (?-?), and May Burgess (?-?). He served as a director of the Minnedosa Hospital Board, served as Mayor of Minnedosa (1912-1913, 1924-1926), and was a member of the IOOF and Episcopal Church.

He died in 1952 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2018

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