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Memorable Manitobans: Robert James Warren (1853-1922)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born in Ontario on 10 January 1853, he arrived in Winnipeg in 1879, buying an ox and Red River cart to carry his family’s belongings to a homestead in western Manitoba, later known as the Olive district (near Treherne) named for his wife, Mary Olive Kelly (1845-1934). They had six children: Omar Rathburn Warren (1865-1939), Maud M. Warren (1872-1926, wife of Jack Robertson), Arthur Culver Warren (1873-1972), Herbert Augustus Warren (?-1955), Louise Warren (1884-1906, wife of George Bemester), and James Hay Warren (1887-1974). While at Treherne, he served as Postmaster (1881-1882) and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk (1889-1891). The family later moved several times, living successively at Vernon (British Columbia), Headingley (Manitoba), Armstrong (British Columbia), and Hafford (Saskatchewan). In 1919, the family moved to Rainy River, Ontario where they farmed. He died there on 17 March 1922.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine: A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976, pages 324-325.

Post Office and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2010

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