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Memorable Manitobans: John Edward Costello (1860-1926)

Farmer, civil servant.

Born at Dover, England on 6 May 1860, he came to Manitoba in 1889 and homesteaded for a few years. He was keenly interested in the breeding of poultry and, during 1905, was the editor of a column on chickens for the Manitoba Free Press. In 1916, he joined the Canadian Army, claiming to be 10 years young than his true age, and served as Staff Sergeant-Major and Barrack Warden. In 1919, he was appointed Assistant Clerk of the Manitoba Legislature. He lived in St. Boniface until 1924 when he moved to Chatfield. He and wife Emily Drake (1859-1936) had six children: Martha D. Costello (1884-?), John Henry “Jack” Costello (1887-1944), Valentine de Lacy “Val” Costello (1889-1973), Rupert Edward Costello, Francis Robert Costello, and Samuel Costello (1902-1961). Two of his sons were killed during military service in the First World War. He died at Winnipeg on 17 June 1926 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Many friends attend J. E. Costello funeral” newspaper clipping dated 22 June 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Obituary [John Henry Costello], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 March 1944, page 17.

Obituary [Valentine de Lacy Costello], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1973, page 25.

We thank Joyce Costello Rose for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2019

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