Memorable Manitobans: William Jones Helliwell (1849-1922)
Farmer, municipal official.
Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 8 November 1849, son of Charles Lord Helliwell and Eliza Jones, brother of Charles Viney Helliwell, he was educated at the Welland High School. He came to Manitoba in 1878, arriving at Emerson aboard a steamboat, and taking up a homestead near Crystal City in 1879.
He farmed at Ralphton in western Manitoba in 1882, then south of Oak Lake in 1893. He served as the first Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Woodworth (1884-1888), the first Warden of Dennis County in the Western Judicial District, Reeve and Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Sifton, first President of the Lansdowne Agricultural Society, and Police Magistrate for the Oak Lake District. In 1892, he was a candidate for a seat in the Manitoba Legislative for the Lansdowne constituency, and was the Returning Officer for the constituency in the 1886, 1903, and 1907 general elections.
In 1877, he married Ella Ann Schofield (1851-1933) at Moulton, Ontario. They had two sons and a daughter. He was a member of the AF & AM, Conservative Party, and Anglican Church. In 1916, he lived at Griswold.
He died in 1922 and was buried in the Oak Lake Cemetery.
“Northern Who’s Who; A Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women” by Dr. C. W. Parker, 1916.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 October 2023