Manitoba Photographers: William Brethour St. John (1849-1931)

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Born on 21 April 1849, he came to Minnedosa in 1885 and operated photographic studios at Minnedosa and Neepawa until closing around 1930. He built the St. John Block at Minnedosa, where his studio was situated in the north half and his son Cecil's law practice was in the south half. He was well known for “humorous sayings, ready wit and joking ways and was an ardent follower of sport.”

He and wife Margaret Legge (1848-1937) had eight children: Cecil L. St. John (1881-1963), Minnie M. St. John (1883-?), Edwin Percy St. John (1886-?), Blanche St. John (?-?, wife of Arthur James Baker), Miss Jeannette Durno St. John (?-?), ? St. John (?-?, wife of Harry Brown, Winnipeg), ? St. John (?-?, wife of Pitt P. Chandler), and Charles W. St. John (?-?).

He died at Minnedosa on 12 October 1931 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.

Work location(s)




Minnedosa, Neepawa


Birth registrations [Edwin Percy St John], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations [William Berthour St John, Margaret St John], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer resident of Minnedosa is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 October 1931, page 6.

A History of Minnedosa: 1878-1948 by Minnedosa Women's Institute, page 12.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2022

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