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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Lewis Arnett (1873-1952)


Born in Petrolia, Ontario on 4 March 1873, son of Lewis Arnett and Angelina Hughes, he was educated at Winnipeg public schools, the Brandon Collegiate, and the University of Manitoba. He taught school for a time in the Souris High School then served as Principal of the Stonewall High School. He later abandoned a teaching career and worked in lumber camps of northern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. He returned to Souris and operated a lumberyard there, and at Elgin, until 1908 when he started the furniture manufacturing business of Arnett Manufacturing Company.

On 14 October 1903 he married Eliza Briggs Grant (1877-1978) at Souris. They had four children: Thomas Lewis Arnett (b 1904), Doris Angelina Arnett Millman (b 1906), Arthur Frederick Sheldon Arnett, and Una Frances Arnett Bowles. He was a member of the IOOF, the COF and the Masons (Scottish Rite), and he served as chairman of the local school board.

The family later moved to Winnipeg. He died on 5 March 1952 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Arnett Family,” The People of Souris and Glenwood From the Early Beginnings to the Present, Souris and District Heritage Club, 2006, page 262.

We thank Susan Bracken and James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2014

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