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Memorable Manitobans: Richard D. Foley (1842-1912)

Click to enlargeFarmer and homestead inspector.

Born at Bowmanville, Canada West in 1842. He moved from Ontario to Manitoba in 1879 and began farming near Manitou. He established the first herd of shorthorn cattle in Manitoba. He was a liberal in politics. Active in the municipal organization of the district, he was a member of the old council of Louise Municipality, precursor to the Rural Municipality of Pembina. Foley was appointed Dominion Homestead Inspector in 1896. This appointment was held until his death, which occurred at his Winnipeg home, 232 Spence Street, on 24 February 1912 and was buried in Manitou Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and four children. He is commemorated by Foley Avenue in Winnipeg.


“Pioneer official of Manitoba dies”, Manitoba Free Press, 26 February 1912. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2010

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