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Memorable Manitobans: William George “Bill” Allen (1880-1939)

Journalist.

Born at Arnprior, Ontario on 5 April 1880, his first job was with the local newspaper. After spending a short time at the Ottawa Citizen, he came to Winnipeg in May 1900 and joined the staff of the Manitoba Free Press. He stayed there for ten years then moved to Regina, Saskatchewan for a time, returning to the Free Press as Night Editor in June 1918. Ten years later, he was made Sports Editor and served in the position until his death. He died at his Winnipeg home on 9 January 1939 and was survived by his wife. He was buried at Arnprior.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“W. G. Allen, sports editor, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 January 1939, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2014

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