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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Palmer (1941-1924)

Famer, municipal official.

Born at Bristol, England on 22 July 1841, he attended the Bristol Grammar School and married Felicia Florence Ferrier (1839-1911) on 18 July 1868. They had nine children: Arthur Ferrier Lowell “Louie” Palmer (1869-1950, father of Francis Lowell “Frank” Palmer), Ernest Albert Palmer (1876-?), Florence Ella Palmer (c1871, wife of Charles William Lye), Hilda Anne Palmer (wife of William John Thompson), Francis Winnifred Palmer (1880-1946, wife of Rev. Charles Harrington), Ethel May Palmer (c1883-1949, wife of Dr. Weston Wilmot Wright), Edna Grace Palmer (1900-1998, wife of Ernest Campbell), Arthur Howard (1909-1984), Reginald Palmer (?-?), Gertrude Dolly Palmer (1914-1994), and Victor Albert “Vic” Palmer (1919-2002). The family immigrated to Canada and arrived at Winnipeg in 1882, then acquired a homestead at MacGregor by the fall of that year. He served the local community, working as the Reeve (1889) of the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk and his residence was the site of social gatherings and community education. He was also active within the Anglican Church, playing a leading role in the construction of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Rectory buildings and was both the first Rector's Warden and a frequent lay reader. In his later years, he retired from farming in favour of accounting, working as the municipal auditor for over 20 years. He died at MacGregor on 8 November 1924 and was buried in the MacGregor Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1891 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Arthur Palmer, of MacGregor, passes,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 November 1924, page 3.

Obituary [Mrs. E.A. Robinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1947, page 10.

Death notice [Ethel May Wright], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 1949, page 22.

Trails Old and New: MacGregor and District, 1872-1967, by Rupert Leslie Taylor.

Obituary [Edna Grace Palmer Campbell], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 July 1998, page C6.

Obituary [Victor Palmer], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 2002, page C11.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 February 2018

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