Memorable Manitobans: Edward Hartley Dewart (1861-1926)
Farmer, school official.
Born at Norwood, Ontario on 30 July 1861, he taught school in Ontario before coming to Manitoba in 1881 and settling at the town of Millford where he farmed. On 1 November 1893, he married Emma E. McLachlan (1870-?) and they had a daughter, Mona Dewart (1895-1984, wife of Robert Emerson). He served five years as a councillor of the Rural Municipality of South Cypress, and 25 years as Secretary-Treasurer and Trustee of the Millford School District. He was President of the South Brandon Liberal Association for eight years, and ran for a seat in the provincial legislature in 1910, being defeated by incumbent Alfred Henry Carroll. He was a member of the IOOF Grand Lodge of Manitoba for 35 years and Grand Master for 1912, Grand Representative for 1914 and 1915, and Grand Treasurer for 1925 and 1926. He was a member of the AF & AM (Stockton Lodge No. 33). From 1911 he was in charge of the school attendance section of the Manitoba Department of Education, for which he travelled extensively throughout the province. He died at his Winnipeg home, 368 Banning Street, on 8 October 1926.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“E. H. Dewart, pioneer and prominent liberal, dies,” newspaper clipping dated 8 October 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
“E. H. Dewart, 64, a pioneer of Manitoba, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 October 1926, page 9.
Obituary [Mona E. Emerson], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1983, page 39.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 June 2020