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Memorable Manitobans: Edgerton Wellington “Ed” Byers (1882-1978)


Born at Bailieboro, Ontario on 11 July 1882, son of William Byers, he moved to Saskatchewan with his wife Emma Alberta Reichert (?-1963) and taught at Rouleau and Moose Jaw. In 1916, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served with the rank of Captain. Later he moved to Brandon where he was the Principal of David Livingstone School (1921-1929). In early 1929, he resigned to become Principal of the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School at Kenora, Ontario. He died at Kenora on 1 October 1978 and was buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.


1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Looking backward,” Brandon Daily Sun, 10 March 1949, page 5.

Obituary [Mrs. E. W. Byers], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1963, page 28.

“Happy birthday,” Brandon Sun, 31 August 1972, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2015

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