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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence King (1879-1940)

Newspaper editor.

Born at Frankfurt, Germany on 2 November 1879, son of William George King and Adelheid Minner, he came to Brandon with his parents at the age of three and was educated at the Brandon Collegiate Institute. After graduation he taught public school for a year then joined his father in the newspaper business, co-managing The Brandon Independent until his father’s death, then taking it over afterwards. In March 1905 he bought the Brandon Times from E. L. Christie and became its editor.

On 11 July 1904, he married Ina Arnett (1882-?), a daughter of Lewis Arnett, at Brandon. They had seven children: Lilian King (1905-?), Catherine King (1907-?), Kenneth Clarence King (1909-?), Edith King (?-?), Stuart King (?-?), Elinor Kathleen “Kally” King (1917-2000, wife of Frank Kennedy), and Alan McLeod King (?-?). The family resided at 327 Sixteenth Street. He was elected to the Brandon School Board (1911) and the Brandon Commercial Bureau (1912), and served as Vice-President of the Brandon Horticultural Society. He was a member of the IOOF.

He died at Brandon, following a lengthy illness, on 1 March 1940 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Clarence King,” Brandon Sun, 1 March 1940, page 10.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 4 March 1940, page 10.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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