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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Henry Ellis (1890-1973)

Soil scientist.

Born at Coventry, England on 11 February 1890, he came to Manitoba as a young man, receiving his BSA from the Manitoba Agricultural College (1918) and his MSc from the University of Minnesota. He was appointed to the Field Husbandry Department of the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1918 and became head of its Soils Department in 1927. He began the soil survey of Manitoba, publishing The Soils of Manitoba in 1938. He also wrote The Land for Thine Inheritance (1941). He was a member of the Scientific Club of Winnipeg from 1931 to 1960. Regarded as a dynamic teacher, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba. He was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame, Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt, and Manitoba Order of the Crocus. On 21 October 1918, he married Beatrice Catherine Carrothers (1887-1987) at Brandon and they subsequently had four daughters and two sons. He died at Winnipeg on 6 December 1973 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Ellis Building at the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba. There are extensive research papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1973, page 44.

Obituary [Beatrice Ellis], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1987, page 39.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 March 2018

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