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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Rowland Shipley (1903-1977)

Farm leader.

Born in Epworth, England in 1903, son of Herbert J. Shipley (1870-1960) and Emma Jane Shipley (1868-1952), he came to Birtle with his mother in 1912, joining his father who had arrived the previous year. In 1915, they moved to Rossburn and, in 1922, to Russell where he helped his father to run auctioneering, butchering, bailiff, and farming businesses. In 1935, he began working part-time with the Canadian Farm Loan Board which, in 1942, began full-time work when he was appointed an inspector for the Trust and Loan Company of Canada, which later joined the Canada Permanent Trust Company. He was an authority on land values and an advocate of better farming practices. On 30 December 1930, he married Edna Jane Iverach (1907-2001, daughter of William Iverach, teacher at Patterson School in 1926-1927) at Miniota. They had two children: Kenneth Gary Shipley and Sheila Joan Shipley. He died at Winnipeg on 27 March 1977. In 1978, he was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Shipley – Iverach,” Miniota Herald, 7 January 1931, page 8.

“Mrs. H. J. Shipley buried yesterday,” Russell Banner, 28 August 1952, page 1.

“Funeral rites for Herbert Shipley,” Rossburn Review, 14 April 1960, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1977, page 33.

“Eric Stefanson named to Agricultural Hall of Fame,” Arborg Lake Centre News, 23 May 1978, page 1.

Obituary [Edna Jane Shipley], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 2001, page 47.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 January 2018

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