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Memorable Manitobans: Rowland Henderson Brotherhood (1871-1952)

Banker, municipal official.

Born at Stratford, Ontario on 7 August 1871, second child of engineer James Brotherhood and Mary Louisa Henderson, he arrived at Elkhorn in 1904, from Hamilton, Ontario, to become the first Manager of the Canadian Bank of Commerce. He remained there for 25 years before being transferred to Toronto in 1929. While living at Elkhorn, he served a term as Mayor (1919). He was also Secretary of the Elkhorn Community Club, and People’s Warden and Treasurer of St. Mark’s Anglican Church. On 17 April 1911, he married Marie Nesta Middleton (1887-1965) at Brandon and the couple had two sons: Rowland Wilfred Brotherhood (1912-2001) and Donald Middleton Brotherhood (1918-1996). His wife was active in the Manitoba Chapter of IODE, serving on its executive from 1914 to 1929. In 1926, she became the organizing chair for the national body and, a decade later, was its national press secretary. Before leaving for Toronto, Mrs. Brotherhood was made a life member of the Manitoba Chapter for her service. He retired in 1936, died at Toronto on 4 August 1952 and was buried in the Avondale Cemetery.

See also:

B. C. Mills’ kit Bank of Commerce in Elkhorn is closing, West End Dumplings by Christian Cassidy.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Steel and Grass Roots, 1882-1982: History of Elkhorn by Elkhorn and District Historical Society, 1982.

We thank R. J. Brotherhood and Christian Cassidy for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 March 2017

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