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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Wilson Caldwell (1880-1968)


Born in Huron County, Ontario on 24 October 1880, son of William J. Caldwell and Sarah Chamberlain, in 1903 he moved from Port Arthur, Ontario to Broadview, Manitoba and took a job as a clerk in a general store. He later moved to Carberry and worked as a salesman for W. G. Murphy, T. R. Brough, and R. J. Hopper. In 1911 he opened a general store in partnership with his father-in-law Wright Garland.

On 14 April 1909, he married Irene Mary Garland. They had six children: Garland Wilson Caldwell (b 1910), Doris Percival Caldwell (b 1912), Nora Aileen Caldwell (b 1913), Wilson Gilmore Caldwell (b 1915), John Garland Caldwell (b 1917) and Frances Lorraine Caldwell (b 1918). He served as a town councillor from 1914 to 1917 and 1949 to 1950, and Mayor of Carberry in 1918 and 1945 to 1947. He was a member of the Carberry Board of Trade and the AF & AM (Carberry Lodge).

He died at Vancouver, BC on 17 February 1968.


Birth registration, Ancestry.

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

Death registration, BC Vital Statistics.

The People of the Big Plain: A History of the RM of North Cypress and the Town of Carberry, 2007. page 657.

This profile was developed by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2010

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