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Memorable Manitobans: J. Ernest Blackwell (1877-?)

Contractor, manufacturer.

Born in Wingham, Ontario on 23 February 1877, son of George and Lois Blackwell, he worked as a plasterer with his father at Rapid City, Manitoba before completing his education in Winnipeg at the Collegiate Institute. In 1902 he moved to Moosomin, Saskatchewan and worked as a manufacturer of cement blocks. Three years later he moved to Brandon, Manitoba where he continued his work. He built sixteen cement block homes in Brandon, including his own at 24 Princess Avenue, and the Fraternal Hall on Sixth Street. On 21 February 1906, he married Sarah Eleanor Howes at Tisdale, Saskatchewan. They had two sons, Ivan H. Blackwell and G. Allen Blackwell. He was a member of the IOOF and the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 22 September 2009

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