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Memorable Manitobans: William Brown (1870-1943)

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William Brown
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Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1923-1927).

Born near Lindsay, Ontario on 21 February 1870, he came to Manitoba in 1888 where he farmed near Roland. On 6 January 1904, he married Jennie Bruce (?-?) and they had two children: Ralph Churchill Brown (1905-1981) and Jennifer Brown (1907-?). He was superintendent of the Pomeroy United Church Sunday School for over 25 years, a member of the Orange Lodge, and a school trustee. He was one of the first councillors of the Rural Municipality of Dufferin and a Councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Roland. Elected for the Dufferin constituency at the 1922 provincial general election, he served a single term and did not stand for re-election. He died at Carman on 9 November 1943 and was buried in the Carman Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Wm. Brown, M.L.A., dies at Carman, Man.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 143]

Obituary, Western Municipal News, December 1943, page 301.

Obituary [Ralph Churchill Brown], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1981, page 55.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 January 2021

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