Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Rivers Boivin (1878-1951)
Born in Quebec in 1878, son of farmer Wilfred Boivin (1853-1940) and Mary Skene (1850-1920), he worked as a railway contractor, initially in the firm Boivin Brothers in partnership with his brother Jean Ulric Boivin (1887-1926) and later with Middle West Construction Company. Acclaimed for the Iberville constituency to the Manitoba Legislative in a November 1917 provincial by-election, he was acclaimed again in the 1920 provincial general election, then re-elected in 1922, acclaimed in 1927, re-elected in 1932, defeated in 1936, and elected in 1941. He died at Selkirk on 27 July 1951 and was buried in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. He was survived by a widow Zella Iona Keith (c1888-1975) and their three daughters: Zella Viola Boivin (1913-?, wife of ? Eggleston), Ellen Dorothy Boivin (1920-?), and Linda Boivin (wife of ? Lincoln.)
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
“J. E. Boivin is found dead by Roblin highway,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 July 1926, page 1.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1951, page 6.
Obituary [Zella Iona Boivin], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1975, page 44.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 August 2020