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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick “Fred” Stevens (1856-1939)

Farmer, photographer, journalist.

Born at London, England on 19 October 1856, son of Joseph Stevens and Deborah Dungate, in his youth he took a keen interest in sport and was the holder of the English record for sprinting 61 to 72 miles (12 hour race). He came to Canada in 1882 and homesteaded near Baldur. He taught at Wigton School (c1888) and Roseberry School (?-?), and had a photography business at Baldur until the early 20th century. In 1909, he purchased the plant of The Baldur Gazette weekly newspaper, of which he became Editor and Publisher. On 20 September 1884, he married Elizabeth Amelia Avis (1864-1953) at Baldur. They had seven children: Alfred Stevens (1885-?), Olive Stevens (1886-?), Henry Stevens (1888-?), Frank Stevens (1891-?), Charles Frederick Stevens (1893-1918), Sydney Stevens (1895-?), and Arthur Stevens (1899-?). He was a member of the Canadian Weekly Newspaper Association, Baldur School Board, and St. Mark’s Anglican Church. He died at Baldur on 11 March 1939 and was buried in the Baldur Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Come Into Our Heritage: RM of Argyle, 1882-1982 by the Rural Municipality of Argyle, 1981, page 321.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 April 2020

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