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Memorable Manitobans: Harold “Harry” Grills (1870-1954)

Educator, municipal official.

Born at Campbellford, Ontario in 1870, he came to Manitoba as a young man and taught school at Parkhill School from 1889 to 1891 and Union Point School from 1891 to 1900. He left teaching in 1906 to become Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Macdonald, serving until retirement in 1932. In 1908, he assisted in the formation of the Macdonald Municipal Telephone System. From 1919 to 1921, he served on the Sullivan Drainage Commission. Following his retirement, he served on municipal arbitration boards, as a municipal assessor, and was an auditor for community organizations.

On 19 September 1894, he married Emma Rebecca Lowe (c1875-1902) at Morris, Manitoba. They had two children: Norman Harold Grills (b 1895) and Ellen May Grills (b 1897). Active in local politics, he was a life member of the Manitoba Liberal-Progressive Association.

He died at Winnipeg on 1 February 1954 and was buried in Sanford Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Harry Grills dies at age 84”, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1954, page 14.

Sanford-Ferndale, 1871-1987 by Sanford-Ferndale History Committee, 1989, page 322.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2013

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