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Memorable Manitobans: Laurence Edward Brownell (1891-1949)

Journalist.

Born at Truro, Nova Scotia on 22 March 1891, son of Florence and Robert Brownell, he worked as a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press before becoming Editor-in-Chief of the National Home Monthly magazine, a position he held for 18 years. He was at one time President of the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Authors Association, the Winnipeg Press Club, and the Canukeena Club (1938-1939). He served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. A former resident of 103 Lenore Street where he lived with his wife Alison Rachel Merry, whom he married on 17 September 1919 at Winnipeg, he had two children: Dr. E. G. Brownell and Donald R. Brownell. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 20 December 1949 and was later buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Magazine editor 18 years, Laurence E. Brownell dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 128]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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