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Memorable Manitobans: William Sheppard (1841-1916)


Born in Goderich Township, Huron County, Ontario in March 1841, he was educated in Goderich and Clinton townships. In 1882 he came west to Portage la Prairie where he entered the hotel business, first at the Grand Pacific and then at the Woodbine Hotel. For some years he also farmed. Active in the militia, he was a Fenian raid veteran and served as Captain of the Portage la Prairie regiment in the 1885 North West Rebellion. He married Sarah A. Donogh in 1871. They had three children. In 1912 he was appointed Governor of the Portage Gaol, a position he held until his death. He was a Mason, a member of the order of Oddfellows, and a member of the Army and Navy Veterans Association. He died at Portage la Prairie on 27 December 1916. He is commemorated by Sheppard Street in Winnipeg.


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

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2014

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