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Memorable Manitobans: Mabel Eleanor “May” Allen (1896-1993)

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Born at Starbuck on 29 August 1896, she and husband William Allen (?-?) had four children: Verna May Allen (1925-2015, wife of Doug Watson), Laurie Edwin Allen (1927-2002), Lorena Rose Allen (1930-1996, wife of Arthur J. Frenette), and Keith Allen (husband of Lynn). After her husband’s death, she supported her four children through the 1930s by operating a chicken farm, for which she won awards for egg-laying performance. In 1946, she was made a Member of the British Empire. She was a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation candidate for the St. George constituency in a December 1956 provincial by-election. She died at Eriksdale on 8 May 1993.


“Winners in the Manitoba egg-laying contest,” Brandon Sun, 25 October 1935, page 8.

“Forty Manitobans inducted in Dominion Day honour list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1946, page 1.

“St. George by-election may be an indicator,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 December 1956, page 24.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1993, page 40.

Obituary [Lorena Rose Frenette], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1996, page 13.

Obituary [Laurie Edwin Allen], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 2002.

Obituary [Verna May Watson], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 August 2019

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