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Memorable Manitobans: Violet Elizabeth Ballantyne (c1872-1952)

Editor and publisher.

Born on a farm in Grey County, Ontario, she came to Manitoba at the age of 11 and settled at Stonewall. She married a Dr. Henderson in 1898 and went with him to Emerson where she divided her time between home and working in his medical office. After his death in 1908, she returned to Stonewall. On 21 December 1911, she married William Byron Ballantyne (1870-1925), editor and publisher of the Emerson Journal, returning with him to Emerson. This began a life-long career in journalism. In 1925, their printing house and equipment was destroyed in a fire, and her husband died six weeks later. She wanted to return to her family in Stonewall, but friends persuaded her to stay in Emerson and rebuild the paper. She did so, and also served 21 years as Honorary President of the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association. In retirement, she moved to Winnipeg where she died on 12 May 1952 and was buried in Stonewall Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Emerson woman editor honored”, Winnipeg Tribune, 7 November 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1952, page 38.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2010

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