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Memorable Manitobans: Pierce Couling (1877-1947)

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Pierce Couling
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Municipal official.

Born at Palmerston, Ontario on 1 January 1877, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1882. On 3 June 1908, he married Susan Payne (1886-1944) at Wawanesa. They had six children: William David Couling (b 1909), Edward Pierce Couling (b 1910), Alice Elizabeth Couling (b 1912), Harvey John Couling (b 1914), Muriel Edith Couling (b 1916), and Morley Charles Couling (1922). Couling attended the first meeting of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities, held in Brandon in 1905, and later served as its President, in 1923 and 1924. He was Mayor of Wawanesa from 1910 to 1912, and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Oakland from 1917 to 1926. He died at Brandon on 18 June 1947 and was buried in the Methven Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1947.

We thank William Harvey Couling for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2014

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