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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Fletcher (1858-1950)

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Samuel Fletcher
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Farmer, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Shropshire, England on 15 July 1858, he immigrated to Canada in 1881 and, around 1884, came to Montreal where he worked as a machinist. After his marriage in 1887, he came west to homestead in Manitoba. A pioneer farmer in the West Derby area and breeder of purebred shorthorns and Oxford sheep, he served the district as member of the West Derby School board.

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislative, representing the Killarney constituency, at the 1920 general election, serving a single term. He and his wife Elizabeth Agnes Smith (1860-1952) had five children: Agnes Ann Fletcher (1889-?), Edna Irene Fletcher (1892-1996, wife of Henry Leafloor), Frank Leslie Fletcher (1894-?), Charles William Fletcher (1897-1989), and Ernest Fletcher (1900-?).

On 5 June 1950, he died at Killarney and was buried in the Holmfield Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Manitoba house,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1950, page 10.

“Samuel Fletcher, former MLA, dies at Killarney,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 146]

Obituary [Charles William Fletcher], Brandon Sun, 16 November 1989, page 30.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 19 January 2021

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