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Memorable Manitobans: Harvey Elgin Hicks (1865-1940)

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Harvey Elgin Hicks
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Physician, MLA (1903-1907).

Born at Milford, Ontario on 6 February 1865, he came to Manitoba in the early 1890s. While attending the Manitoba Medical College, he also taught at Oak River School. After college graduation in 1897, he practiced medicine at Griswold. In the 1903 general election, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature, defeating incumbent Tobias Crawford Norris by 16 votes and served one term until a defeat in the 1907 general election.

He then took advanced medical training in Britain and, in 1910, joined the medical staff of the Brandon Mental Hospital, serving as its Superintendent from 1916 to 1918. At that time, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the rank of Captain and served until 1919. He resumed his medical practice at Oak Lake until retirement in 1926. He ran in the 1920 and 1922 general elections, and a 1928 by-election, but was defeated each time.

He died at his home at Griswold on 17 February 1940 and was buried beside his late wife, Sarah Jane “Jennie” Hicks (1866-1917), in the Brandon Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former M.L.A. dies at Griswold,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Funeral is held for ex-M.L.A., pioneer doctor,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 February 1940, page 17.

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

History of the Brandon Mental Health Centre, 1891-1991 by Kurtland Refvik, BMHC Historical Museum, 1991, page 44.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2020

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