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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Bradwardine Woodhull (1863-1919)

Physician, pharmacist, publisher, municipal official.

Born at Lobo, Ontario in 1863, son of Trueman Benjamin Woodhull (1841-1930) and Catherine McLellan (c1843-1907), he graduated from the Trinity College in Toronto and practiced medicine at Deloraine until 1889 when he lost everything in a fire. Rather than rebuild, he purchased a pharmacy at Hartney from a local doctor and moved there. His sister, Margaret Lucinda Woodhull (1865-1963), one of the first graduates of the Manitoba College of Pharmacy, operated the pharmacy with him. He spoke the Sioux language and consequently his pharmacy was patronized heavily by local Indigenous people. In 1893, he founded the Hartney Star weekly newspaper and was its publisher until 1901. He also published a monthly magazine called the Poultry Journal and was the first Mayor of Hartney (1905). On 13 March 1888, he married Esther Mary Brown (1863-1936) in the RM of Cornwallis. They had four daughters: Vera Vivian Woodhull (1889-1957, wife of Frank Bowley), Catherine Isabel Woodhull (1895-?, wife of F. S. Woodrow), Ruth Helena Woodhull (1897-?, wife of Amos Allen Whidden), and Winnifred Grace Woodhull (1903-?, wife of George Smith Hamilton). He established a lacrosse team and a brass band at Hartney. He died at Hartney on 27 October 1919 and was buried in the Hartney Riverside Cemetery.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

A Century of Living: Hartney, 1882-1982 by Hartney and District Historical Committee, 1982, pages 142, 679-680.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 July 2018

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