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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Shaver Wesbrook (1842-1913)

Businessman, Mayor of Winnipeg (1886).

Born on his father’s farm at Oakland, Brant County, Canada West [now Ontario] in June 1842, he came to Winnipeg in the middle 1870s. He entered into partnership with Frank A. Fairchild in an implement and vehicle business. In the late 1870s and the 1880s he was one of the well-known merchants in the city and took an interest in public affairs. In December 1885, he entered the Winnipeg mayoralty contest against E. R. Crowe and was elected Mayor after a most strenuous campaign. He served for one year. He retired from business and lived in Selkirk for many years. He was married twice, first to Helen Marr Fairchild (1844-1894), with whom he had sons Frank F. Wesbrook (?-?) and Donald McDermid Wesbrook (1886-?), and second to Emma J. Wesbrook (1863-?). He died at Selkirk on 18 October 1913 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Westbrook Street in Winnipeg.

Sources:

“The late Mrs. Wesbrook,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 November 1894, page 8.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 October 1913.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2018

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