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Memorable Manitobans: William Halstead (1833-1905)


Born at Lancashire, England on 22 March 1833, he came to Canada with his parents in 1842. He was educated at Victoria College (Cobourg, Ontario) and Brighton College (England), entering the Methodist ministry in 1862 and being ordained four years later. He moved west in 1872, stopping first at Port Arthur (Ontario) before coming to Manitoba where he ministered at Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Rat Portage (Kenora), Minnedosa, Burnside, and West Prospect. He was an important figure in the Manitoba Methodist Conference and temperance movement. He retired about 1880. In 1867, he married Mary Knowlson (1842-1927) of Millbrook, Ontario and they had a daughter and two sons. He died at Portage la Prairie on 25 September 1905 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Halstead House (103 Second Street NE, Portage la Prairie)


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Called to his reward,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 September 1905, page 3.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2019

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