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Memorable Manitobans: Harvey Willis Ferrier (1873-1957)

Educator, cleric.

Born at Green River, Ontario on 24 October 1873, son of Obediah Peter Ferrier (c1834-1932) and Emma Anderson (c1839-?), he had come to Winnipeg by 1901. He graduated from Wesley College in 1905 and became a Methodist minister.

In 1914, he was appointed to a church at Fort William, Ontario, and later served at various locations around Manitoba, including Reston, Russell, Killarney, Eden, and Gregg. Returning to Winnipeg, he taught at East Kildonan Collegiate (1924-1930) and was Principal of Polson School (1928-1930) and Prince Edward School (1930-1942). He retired in June 1942.

On 12 September 1906, he married Agnes Cornelia Deacon (c1879-1927) at Winnipeg. The couple had two sons: Willis Richard Ferrier (1908-?) and Gordon Harvey Ferrier. The family resided at 102 Lipton Street and he was active in the Native Sons of Canada.

He died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 9 February 1957 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Settlement made in East Kildonan school walkout,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1934, page 9.

“Say Canada first principal must not be dropped,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1937, page 7.

“Prince Edward students honor H.W. Ferrier,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1942, page 4.

“Britisher takes bride to reside in Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1947, page 8.

“Widely-known cleric, Rev. Harvey Ferrier dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1957, page 2.

Brown - Boorman family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2017

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