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Memorable Manitobans: John Reeves (1887-1964)

Municipal official, civil servant.

Born at Cornwall, England on 9 August 1887, he and his wife Dora (c1888-1982) had a son Raymond John Reeves (1913-1998). He moved to Canada in 1912 and his family accompanied him two years later. During the First World War, he served with the 44th Battalion of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. Returning from military service, he worked ten years for the R. J. Whitla Company before joining the Public Utilities Board (PUB). During his time with the PUB, he was appointed by the Provincial Government as Administrator of Brooklands (1931-1943) after municipal operations were taken over by the Board. He also served as a long-time school trustee for the Brooklands School District (1931-1954). He retired from the PUB around 1957 and died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 13 July 1964.


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

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Administrator of Brooklands is appointed,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 October 1931, page 3.

“Engagements [Reeves - Jestadt],” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1939, page 10.

“Ann Elizabeth Jestadt becomes bride of Raymond John Reeves,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1939.

“School Board sought for Brooklands,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1952, page 3.

“Brooklands kicks against school fees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1954, page 12.

“Brooklands School Board takes over,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1955, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1964, page 32.

Obituary [Dora Reeves], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1982, page 61.

Obituary [Raymond John Reeves], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1998, page C7.

Winnipeg estate file PR98-01-47467, Raymond John Reeves, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 April 2020

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