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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Charles Bennest (1878-1964)

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Frederick Charles Bennest
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Born at Wyoming, Ontario on 5 October 1878, son of George F. Bennest and Emma Eliza Hoskin, brother of Edwin Henry Bennest, the family came to Brandon in 1891. He completed his education in Brandon schools then began his legal education as a clerk in the Brandon law office of William A. Macdonald. He completed his training under John S. Ewart of Winnipeg. In 1904 he established a law office at Hamiota where he practiced for the next 45 years.

On 5 July 1905 he married Ellen Gertrude Doran (?-1962) of Brandon. They had three children: Helen Bennest (wife of James A. Creighton), Dora Bennest (wife of W. J. Hammond), and Edwin Bennest. He attended the Hamiota Methodist Church and was a member of the IOOF. He was Chairman of the Hamiota School Board for 30 years and also alderman and Mayor of Hamiota (1914-1918).

He died at Brandon on 27 August 1964 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


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

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 29 August 1964, page 11.

We thank Rob McInnes for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2014

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