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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Henry Emes (1852-1941)

Hotelier, farmer, municipal official.

Born at Keswick, Ontario on 25 February 1852, he came to Manitoba in 1879 and operated the Norfolk House, one of the first hotels in Winnipeg. On 17 May 1898, he married Ethel Louise Morris (1871-1965). They had seven children: Clara Emes (1898-?; Mrs. Charles F. Baldock), Francis Henry Emes (1899-?), Isabella Annie Emes (1902-1903), Lettia Emes (1905-?, wife of E. Andrews), Marjorie Ida Emes (1906-?, wife of Robert White), Gordon Morris Emes (1908-?), and Winnifred Emes. He later engaged in farming at West St. Paul and served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of St. Paul and the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul for over 20 years. He attended the 1905 founding meeting, in Brandon, of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities. In 1929, he returned to Winnipeg, where he died on 15 March 1941 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Western Municipal News, March 1941, page 61.

“T. Emes, 90, hotel pioneer, dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1941, page 11.

Obituary [Ethel Emes], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1965.

We thank Mike Crosby for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 June 2019

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