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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert John Bowley (1878-1950)

Editor and publisher.

Born at Fergus, Ontario on 10 February 1878, son of David Bowley and Louise McEwan, he was educated at Fergus and, at the age of 14, apprenticed in the printing business with the Fergus New Director. He worked on the Beamsville Express for five years then came to western Canada with his family in 1900. He farmed at Binscarth and worked on the Moose Jaw Leader (1903-1909). He founded the Binscarth Express in 1909 before moving to Roblin in 1911 where he started the Roblin Review the following year, operating it until 1939. After selling the newspaper, he ran a restaurant for a couple of years before establishing the Rossburn Review and operating it until 1948. Poor health forced him to retire in 1948. He was a member of the Manitoba Weekly Newspaper Association, Masons (Worshipful Master, Roblin Lodge, No. 122), Manager of the Roblin Baseball Club, and Roblin Union Church. He and wife Mary Callin (1880-1959) had two sons and a daughter. He died in February 1950 and was buried in the Roblin Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Masonic service for veteran weekly editor,” Rossburn Review, 1 March 1950, page 2.

“Newspaper founder, H. J. Bowley, 72, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1950, page 12.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2020

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