Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Bottomley (1869-1948)
Born at Manchester, England on 29 May 1869, son of William Bottomley (c1835-1893) and Sarah Nuttall (1842-1873), he worked for a time in a store before immigrating to Canada and enrolling in the Manitoba Medical College, from which he graduated in 1895. He established the first medical practice at Dauphin.
He was married four times, first on 30 September 1896 to Mary Louisa Dearden (c1868-1897) at St. Paul. On 23 November 1899, he married Laura Hoy (1872-1900) at Dauphin with whom he had a daughter, Tannis Bottomley (1900-1974, wife of John Granville McEwen and Jack Klassen). He married a third time, on 14 September 1907, to Myrtle Orilla Beardsley (1884-1916) of Ellsworth, Wisconsin. They had two sons, William Ernest Bottomley (1909-1991) and John Nuttall Bottomley (1912-1931). His final marriage on 20 June 1928 was to Ada Haines Willis (1885-1939) at Dauphin. The family were members of the Anglican Church. He served on the local liberal association, was a member of the Dauphin town council, and served as Mayor (1914). He was a member of the Masons, IOOF, and Sons of England.
He died at Smithers, British Columbia on 12 August 1948 and was buried in the Dauphin Cemetery.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [John Nuttall Bottomley, Ernest Bottomley, William Ernest Bottomley], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Tannis Pond for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 May 2021