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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard Francis Earl (1882-1969)

Lawyer, journalist.

Born at Lansdowne, Ontario on 6 September 1882, he came to Manitoba at an early age. He was a law graduate of Wesley College, receiving the Governor General’s Medal for highest standing. After practising law in Manitoba he turned to journalism, writing for the Winnipeg Telegram as early as 1908. He covered the Manitoba Legislature and the House of Commons for the Winnipeg Tribune prior to his retirement in 1954. He then became the Manitoba correspondent for the Financial Post and other eastern papers.

He and wife Eva Susan Brown (1888-1974) had three children: Charles Edward Gordon Earl (1912-1995), Marjorie Agnes Earl, and Frances Marion Earl (1921-?, wife of Gerry W. Brown). The family lived at 107 Kingston Row. He was Honorary Life President of the Manitoba Press Gallery. He was also a keen amateur horticulturalist.

He died at Winnipeg on 15 November 1969 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery. His papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

The Hudson Bay Railway
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 14, 1957-1958 Season


Birth registrations [Eva Susanna Brown, Charles Edward Gordon Earl, Agnes Marjorie Earl], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Newsman Earl dies at 87,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1969, page 14.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1969, page 32.

Winnipeg Press Club Year Book (1970), page 47.

Obituary [Eva Susan Earl], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1974, page 39.

Obituary [Charles Edward Gordon Earl], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1995, page 21.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2021

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