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Memorable Manitobans: Eli Edwin Spencer (1896-1988)


Born at Morden on 18 March 1896, son of Walter Hunter Spencer and Hannah Maria Seale, he was educated at the Morden Public and High Schools, and the Manitoba Law School. He articled in law to Arnold W. Bowen at Morden and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1921. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1933 and served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba (1929-1988). In October 1915, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, CAMC, and went overseas in February 1916. In France, he was attached to the 10th Field Ambulance. After his return to Canada, he served on the executive of the Provincial Command of the GWVA and was elected President of Provincial Command in 1924. On 5 July 1926, he married Grace Esther Thompson (?-1966) at Chance Harbour, New Brunswick. He was a member of the Masons (Belmont Lodge No. 13), IOOF (Junior Warden, Nelson Lodge No. 9), and Knights of Pythias (Stanley Lodge No. 16). He is believed to have died in 1988.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

We thank Vernalyn Heale for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2019

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