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Memorable Manitobans: George Russell Belton (1875-?)

Educator, journalist.

Born at Clayton, Ontario on 3 February 1875, son of Charles Belton and Mary Ann Shields, brother of Francis H. Belton, he received his early education locally before moving to Brandon and attending Brandon College. After receiving a teaching certificate at the Central Normal School, he became Principal of Winkler High School (1899-1900) and later became a journalist. On 30 August 1905, he married Edythe Minerva Manly (?-1958) at Winnipeg. The couple had four children: Charles Manly Belton, Norris Davidson Belton, Alice Margaret Belton (?-1973), and Kathleen Belton (wife of Cyril J. Smith).

They family lived in Neepawa where he was the editor, manager and chief stockholder of the Neepawa Register (1903-1911). In 1909, he moved to British Columbia and was later an editorial writer at the Spokesman Review at Spokane, Washington (?-1910) before returning to Neepawa and his editor role with the Register. He divested his interests and moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he purchased the Saturday Press. He later returned to Manitoba and was the Principal of Beausejour School (1923-1925) and West St. Paul School (1925-1926). During his career in journalism, he worked for both the Winnipeg Free Press and Winnipeg Tribune. He later served as manager at an office equipment firm. In 1944, he stood as a candidate for Winnipeg School Trustee in Ward 1, in part running on a platform to improve lighting and ventilation in public schools. He was President of the Isaac Brock Community Club (1932).

He died sometime between 1947 and 1958.

Sources:

Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1881 Canada census, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Ten-line talks [George R. Belton],” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 May 1906, page 1.

“7 Candidates seeking seats for School Board in Ward 1,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1944, page 3.

“George R. Belton denies non-residence rumor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1944, page 3.

“For School Trustee Ward One,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1944, page 4.

“G. Belton proposes school improvements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1944, page 2.

“George R. Belton,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1947, page 10.

Obituary [Mrs. Edythe M. Belton], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1958, page 10.

“Thirty years ago - Aug. 23, 1932,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1962, page 14.

Obituary [Alice Margaret Belton], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1973, page 25.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 February 2015

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