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Memorable Manitobans: Graham Franklin Barker (1908-1980)

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Graham Franklin Barker
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Publisher and editor, historian.

Born at Rivers on 17 November 1908, eldest of three children of English immigrants James Barker (?-1945) and Louise Edith Cooper (?-1974), he attended Rivers School. He later worked as a reporter for the Rivers Gazette and the Brandon Sun then moved to Edmonton, Alberta. In May 1945, he bought the Rivers Gazette from Thomas W. Offen. He amalgamated it with the Rapid City Reporter to form the Gazette-Reporter and operated the paper until June 1956. On 13 June 1936, he married Edith Marion Nevill of Carnegie, at Brandon. They had two daughters. The family lived at 1045 Third Street in Brandon from at least June 1973 until his death. He wrote two local history books: The Story of Rivers (1963) and Brandon: A City, 1881-1961 (1977). He died at Brandon on 9 August 1980 and was buried in the Roseville Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Barker – Nevill,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1936, page 15.

“City without a history … yet,” Brandon Sun, 28 June 1973, page 4.

“30 years ago today,” Brandon Sun, 20 May 1975, page 12.

Obituary, Rivers Gazette-Reporter, 13 August 1980, page 6.

“The history of Rivers’ newspaper,” Rivers Banner, 4 July 2008, page 2A.

“Periodical publishers,” Rivers Banner, 4 July 2008, page 7A.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 January 2018

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