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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Hanks Goulter (1862-1935)


Born at Gloucestershire, England on 9 June 1862, son of Theophilus and Jane Goulter, he immigrated to Canada and settled first at Barrie, Ontario. He studied law at Portage la Prairie then moved to Virden in 1885 where he practiced law until retirement in 1920. Active in community affairs, he was a charter member of the Virden Hospital Board, incorporated in 1906, and made major donations to its operation. On 29 April 1903, he married Jennie Evelyn McKechnie (1879-1954), daughter of John McKechnie, and they subsequently had two daughters: Lillian M. Goulter (c1915-?, wife of Sidney Donaldson) and Dorothy Mary Goulter (?-?, daughter-in-law of William Thomas Manser). He was a member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and the Virden Masonic Lodge, and was active in the group that erected a monument marking the former site of Fort La Bosse. He owned the town’s first automobile, in 1906. He died at Virden on 28 October 1935 and was buried in the Virden Cemetery. He is commemorated by Goulter School at Virden.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Goulter School (200 Queen Street East, Virden)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“H. H. Goulter, 77, prominent Virden lawyer, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1935, page 3.

“Lillian Goulter becomes Sidney Donaldson’s bride at ceremony in Virden,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 1939, page 7.

“Manser – Goulter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1939, page 14.

Obituary [Jennie E. Goulter], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1954, page 28.

Death registration [Jennie Evelyn Goulter], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

The Virden Story by Ida Clingan, Virden: Empire Publishing Company, 1957, Manitoba Legislative Library.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2020

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