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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Henry Spedding (1850-1924)


Born in Ontario on 28 July 1850, he came to Manitoba and established the Manitou Mercury newspaper in partnership with John A. Murdock, in January 1885, four months before the beginning of the Village of Manitou itself. He sold the paper in 1898. When the new owners, Rorke and Brown, dissolved their partnership in early 1900, Spedding again became publisher and changed the name to the Manitou Western Canadian. In 1903, he sold the newspaper to Messrs. Campbell and Brown and moved to Crystal City where the published the Crystal City Courier for a number of years before his retirement to British Columbia. He died at Kelowna on 5 November 1924.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

We thank Felix Kuehn for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 September 2019

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