Memorable Manitobans: William John “Red Bill” Campbell (1895-1949)
Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1946-1949).
Born on the family farm three miles north of Teulon on 15 May 1895, one of nine children of Duncan Campbell (1847-1918) and Euphemia “Effie” McQuarrie (1853-1937), he took over operation of the farm after his father’s death. He served as a councillor and Reeve (1942-1945) of the Rural Municipality of Rockwood and a member of the Teulon School Board.
On 19 November 1919, he married Isabel Anderson Fraser (1893-1978) and they had four children: Helen Campbell (1921-2017, wife of Herbert Lawrence Skogan), Fraser Campbell (?-?, husband of Shirley Stewart), Marion Isabel Campbell (1931-2016, wife of Alexander “Beedy” Stewart), and Annabell Campbell (wife of John Bueckert).
Elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1945 provincial general election, he served a single term, dying on 29 September 1949 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was buried in the Windsor Cemetery.
1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1947.
“Car mishap victim, Rockwood MLA dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 September 1949, page 21.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 30 September 1949, page 32.
100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982, page 168.
Obituary [Isabel Campbell], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1978, page 46.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 November 2023