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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Decker (1851-1926)

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William Henry Decker
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Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Waterloo, Ontario on 29 May 1851, son of Isaac S. Decker (?-1876) and Sarah Hunt (?-1885), he attended schools of Lambton County until the age of 18 years, after which time he worked on the family farm. In 1873, he began working as a carpenter on the Grand Trunk Railway, coming to Manitoba in 1881 and taking up a farm in the western part of the province. In addition to growing crops, he raised horses, cattle, and swine.

When the Canadian Northern Railway constructed a line through the region, it purchased forty acres of Decker’s land to establish a station and townsite that they named Decker in his honour. On 7 October 1879, he married Martha Alice Frankland (1856-1945), daughter of Robert Frankland and Elizabeth Gofton, at Peterborough, Ontario. They had seven children: Herbert J. Decker (?-?), Frederick Walter Decker (1884-1964, husband of Annie G. McConnell), Naomi Sarah Decker (1885-?, wife of Frederick L. Cook), Mabel Decker (1886-?, wife of Frederick Wyatt), Robert Scenica Decker (1889-?), Albert Lemual Decker (1891-?, husband of Myrtle I. Sunley), and Lily May Decker (1896-?). He served as Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Hamiota (1915-1916) and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ethel School District. He was a member of the IOOF.

He died at Edmonton, Alberta on 29 August 1926 and was buried in the Hamiota Cemetery.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Death of W. H. Decker,” Hamiota Echo, 2 September 1926, page 4.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2020

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