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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Thomas Reynolds (1885-1951)

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Herbert Thomas Reynolds
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Born at Willenhall, England on 10 March 1885, son of George Reynolds (1855-1918) and Ellen Fox (1854-1934), he passed the London University Matriculation exams in 1907-1908 and was a lay preacher of the Primitive Methodist Church, Walsall Circuit. He came to Canada in 1909 and received degrees in Arts (1915, valedictorian) and Theology (1916) from Wesley College while doing missionary work in the Brandon Hills (1910-1916).

Ordained as a Methodist minister at Portage la Prairie, he worked at Miniota Methodist Church, Isabella Union Church, and Blaris Methodist Church (1917-1919); St. John’s Methodist Church at Arden, Glenholm Methodist Church, Salisbury Methodist Church, and Winchester Methodist Church (1920-1923); Swan River Methodist Church (1923-1925); Alexander United Church and Kemnay United Church (1925-1930); Rapid City United Church and Hunterville United Church (1930-1935); Starbuck United Church, Ferndale United Church, and Prairie View United Church (1935-1937); Maryland Street United Church (1937); Harte United Church, Petrel United Church, Ingelow United Church, and Summerville United Church (1937-1941); Zion United Church at Cardale and Moline United Church (1941-1947); and Teulon United Church and Gunton United Church (1947-1951).

On 5 July 1916, he married Sadie Mae Baker (1894-1981) of Brandon Hills and they had six children: George Albert Reynolds, Norman Stanley Reynolds (1920-1988), Dorothy Marion Reynolds (1922-1991), Herbert Murray Reynolds (1925-2000), Gordon Victor Reynolds, and Kenneth Alexander Reynolds (1930-2016). He wrote articles for The United Church Observer and a novel entitled The Unquenched Flax: A Story of Western Canada (c1931). He formed and conducted the Rapid City Orchestra (1931-1935) and gave violin or piano lessons in each of the communities in which he served.

He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 3 October 1951 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


“Preachers for the West,” Minnedosa Tribune, 5 August 1909, page 3.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1951, page 26.

“Teulon minister and author dies at age of 66,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1951, page 31.

Death registration [Gordon Victor Reynolds], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Sadie Mae Reynolds], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1981, page 34.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Katherine Macedo.

Page revised: 8 July 2020

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