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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Henry “Frank” Belton (1869-1936)

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Francis Henry Belton
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Clayton, Ontario on 6 February 1869, son of Charles Belton and Mary Ann Shields, brother of George R. Belton, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1890 and settled at Brandon, being educated at the Brandon Collegiate and the Winnipeg Normal School.

He was Principal at Austin School (1900-1901), MacGregor School (1903-1904), Birtle School (1904-1905), and Crystal City School (1906-1908). In 1908, he was appointed a School Inspector at Roblin where he remained for the next 21 years. He played a prominent role in the school consolidation movement, helping to establish Goose Lake Consolidated School No. 1283, Makaroff Consolidated School No. 1238, and Brickburn Consolidated School No. 998. He retired in 1929.

On 17 November 1902, he married Ellen Maria Scott (c1878-1909) at Brandon. They had two sons, George Scott Belton and John Nellson “Jack” Belton. After his wife’s death, he married Jessie MacDonald (c1875-1957) with whom he had two sons, Hector MacDonald Belton (1914-1975) and Charles Alistair Belton (1917-1992). He was an active member of the United Church of Canada.

He died at Winnipeg on 25 August 1936 and was buried in the Roblin District Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1881 Canada census, Ancestry.

1906 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Francis H. Belton, former inspector of schools, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1936, page 5.

“Many attend funeral services at Roblin for Francis H. Belton,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1936, page 2.

“Deaths and funerals” [Jessie Belton], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1957, page 12.

Obituary [Hector Macdonald Belton], Roblin Review, 22 October 1975, page 1.

Obituary [Charles Alistair Belton], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1992, page 39.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Curt Belton, Sheila Dresen, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2022

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