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Manitoba Communities: Benito (Unincorporated Village, Municipality of Swan Valley West)

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This municipality was alleged to be named by postmistress Mrs. A. Dykeman for the novella Benito Cereno by author Herman Melville, published in 1856.

Present Status

Municipality of Swan Valley West (1 January 2015)

Incorporation History

Village of Benito (23 September 1940)
Amalgamated with Swan River (1 January 2015)

Land Area (square km)

0.92

Population

Year

Total

1941

294

1946

328

1951

406

1956

487

1961

427

1966

490

1971

479

1976

507

1981

441

1986

451

1991

427

1996

460

2001

415

2006

370

2011

377

Mayors

Term

Mayor

1941-1945

William R. Fawcett (1878-1949)

1946-1948

Alfred Bernice Craig (1892-1968)

1949-1953

Gudmundur Bjorgvin Arilius “Arli” Isfeld (1913-1994)

1954-1960

Sherman Leslie Hall (1912-1972)

1961-1962

Frank Kostersky (1926-2012)

1963-1966

Sherman Leslie Hall (1912-1972)

1967-1975

Murray Greig

1976

Ronald Hamelin

1977-1983

Ed Gorchynski

1984-1995

Verne Scouten

1996-?

William C. Schneider

?-2014

Marion Meadows

2015

See Swan Valley West

Memorable Manitobans

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Go here for a list of historic sites in Benito.

History Books

Go here for a list of history books for Benito.

Maps

Sources

Obituary [Alfred B. Craig], Swan Valley Star and Times, 14 March 1968, page 3.

“Long-time Mayor of  Benito passes,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 10 February 1972, page 1.

Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.

Obituary [Frank Kostersky], Park Memorial Limited.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2019

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