Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Henry Forrest (1873-1963)
Born at Renfrew, Ontario on 17 February 1873, son of Samuel Forrest, he came to Manitoba with his parents in 1878. He received his early education at Souris and a BA degree from the University of Manitoba.
He taught in rural Manitoba schools, including at New Haven School (1893-1895). He was Principal of Hartney School (1897-1898) and Souris School (1898-1901) and was Assistant Principal (1901-1902) and Principal (1902-1904) of the Brandon Central School. He resigned from the Brandon School District in July 1904 and received a gold watch and locket from his colleages, departing for Souris to article under Thomas Dickie. In 1907, he was called to the Manitoba Bar and practiced law at Souris. He was later made a King’s Counsel. He was a member of the Commission on Status and Salaries of Teachers (1919). He retired from active law practice in 1961.
On 18 July 1899, he married Grace Helena Woodhull (1877-1974) and they had six children: Catherine Isabel Forrest, Margaret Woodhull Forrest (1905-?, wife of Lloyd Brooks Crawford), Mary Huston Forrest (1907-2000), Grace Forrest (1910-1970, wife of Gordon Bowles), Helen Forrest (1912-1997), and Henry Woodhull Forrest. He was an elder of St. Paul’s United Church, a school trustee, President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1919-1920), a Bencher (1944-1961) and Life Bencher (1961-1963) for the Law Society of Manitoba, and Chairman of the Souris School Board (35 years). He was a Progressive candidate for the Glenwood constituency in the 1927 provincial general election. He was Master of the AF & AM (Glenwood No. 27 Lodge). In 1963, he received a Golden Boys Certificate of Merit in recognition of his long community service.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Brandon School to play locals,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 November 1903, page 10.
“They watched the Principal,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 7 July 1904, page 18.
“The Collegiate’s brilliant record,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 25 August 1904, page 31.
“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1963.
“Motorcade retraces trail of explorer La Verendrye,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1963, page 2.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 1963.
Obituary [Grace Forrest Bowles], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1970, page 48.
Obituary [Helen Forrest], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1997, page 35.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 March 2023