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Memorable Manitobans: William S. Peters (1865-1952)

Merchant, municipal official.

Born in Edwardsburg Township, Ontario (near the present town of Spencerville) on 13 February 1865, he worked on the family farm and trained as a blacksmith. In 1890, he moved to Glenboro where he bought a blacksmith shop from Albert Dennison. He later left blacksmithing and became a farm equipment salesman for Massey-Harris. He and his family then moved to Wawanesa and opened a hardware store, which became known as W. S. Peters and Sons. On 23 August 1887, he married Annie Louisa Dunlop (1864-1946). They had three sons: Wilfrid Seymour Peters (b 1888), Marshal Dewitt Peters (b 1896), and William Edward Peters (b 1901). He served as Mayor of Wawanesa from 1914 to 1924. He died at the Brandon General Hospital on 20 May 1952 and was buried in the Wawanesa Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1952, page 11.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank David W. Peters for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2017

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