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Memorable Manitobans: William Herman Brett (1887-1964)

Businessman.

Born at Alliston, Ontario on 22 October 1887, son of William Brett and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Scott (1855-1943), and brother of Norman Ewart Brett, he accompanied his family to the Dugald area in 1889. He farmed near Birds Hill and Stonewall and was a founder and President of the Brett Manufacturing Company Limited (1912-1922), Pioneer Hatchery, and Brett-Young Limited. He was also President of the Canadian Seed Growers Association (?-?), Terminal Curling Club (1947-1948), Manitoba Curling Association (1957-1958, Honourary Life Member 1958), and was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, Elmhurst Golf Club, Granite Curling Club, and St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church. On 26 June 1918, he married Dorothy Dawson Keenleyside (1896-1951) at Winnipeg and had a daughter, Gloria Brett. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 17 January 1964 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations [William Brett], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1901 & 1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #44503 - Dorothy D. Brett, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Mrs. William Brett], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1943, page 4.

Obituary [William Brett], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1953, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 18 January 1964, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1964, page 31.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #282/64 - William Herman Brett, Archives of Manitoba.

Brookside Cemetery burial transcriptions, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 November 2020

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