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Memorable Manitobans: George Compton (1872-1950)

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George Compton
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Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1923-1927).

Born at Avon, Christian Malford, near Chipingham, Wiltshire, England on 12 October 1872, son of William Compton and Mary Ann Hadderal (1848-1893), he came to Manitoba in 1878. He served as a Councillor of the Rural Municipality of Thompson, then its Reeve from 1929 to 1945, when he retired. He was active in the Union of Manitoba Municipalities and its President in 1936 and 1937.

He was President for three years of the Lisgar District of the United Farmers of Manitoba, President of the Grain Growers local at Darlingford, and was active in farmer’s movements since the days of the Patrons of Industry. Defeated in the 1920 provincial general election, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1922, and defeated again in 1927.

On 24 December 1895, he married Helen Catherine Hunt (1878-1965) in the RM of Pembina. They had seven children: George Clarence Bolton Compton (1898-?), Mary Lillian Compton (1900-?), Ella Grace Compton (1902-?), Florence Laura Compton (1905-?), William Leonard Roy Compton (1907-?), Dorothy May Compton (1910-?), and Arthur Thomas Clifford Compton (1912-?).

He died at Miami on 30 April 1950, after a prolonged period of poor health, and was buried in the Miami Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1911 and 1916 censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, June 1950, page 174.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Cliff Carson and Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 January 2021

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