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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Davey (1870-1955)

Municipal official.

Born at Devon, England on 23 November 1870, youngest of six children of William Davey and Elizabeth Chapple, as a boy he worked for the London Newcastle Tea Company. In 1886, he emigrated to Canada with his family and settled on a farm near Elkhorn, Manitoba. While there, he became a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Wallace. He returned to Wales around 1900 and returned with a wife; they farmed for a few years, moving to Elkhorn in 1906 where he became postmaster and mail carrier for four years. He then worked in the insurance and real estate business and was county clerk for some time. He served as Mayor of Elkhorn from 1927 to 1929. In 1951, he returned to Wales where he lived until death on 9 November 1955. His cremains were returned to Manitoba where they were buried in Kola Cemetery.

Sources:

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

We thank Anne Evans for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 June 2013

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