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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Wolstenholme (1870-1952)

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Thomas Wolstenholme
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Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936).

Born at Manchester, Lancashire, England on 6 April 1870, son of Henry Wolstenholme and Mary Leech, he was educated at the Manchester Grammar School. He came to Canada in 1889 where he farmed in the Pettapiece district. On 19 July 1897, he married Ethyl Annetta Moore (1873-1957), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Moore, of Pettapiece. They had six children: Mary Elfred Wolstenholme (1898-2003, married to William Edwin Switzer), Henry Samuel “Harry” Wolstenholme (1902-1971), Thomas Joseph Leech Wolstenholme (1905-1912), Norman Alfred Wolstenholme (1907-1941), Allen Elgin Garth Wolstenholme (1910-1979), and Gilbert Wolstenholme (1913-1979). He was a director and shareholder of the Moline Co-operative Society. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Saskatchewan (Manitoba) from 1918 to 1922 and Councillor of the same Municipality from 1895 to 1900. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1922 general election and was re-elected in 1927 and 1932. He retired to Minnedosa in the 1940s and died there on 16 November 1952 as a result of injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while crossing the street. He was buried in the Pettapiece Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.

“Wolstenholme death ruled accidental,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1952, page 30.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Kaye Wolstenholme for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2018

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