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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Charles “Ed” Harte (1888-1974)

Cattleman, agronomist.

Born at Omaha, Nebraska in 1888, he received a degree in Agriculture from Iowa State College. He came to Brandon in 1913 then, in 1924, moved to Page, North Dakota where he managed the Hartley Stock Farms, the largest such operation in North America. He moved to Winnipeg in 1929 to became a grain elevator supervisor for the Smith Murphy Grain Company. In 1941, he returned to Brandon to partner with his brother-in-law Kenneth McGregor (1893-1947) in the operation of an Angus cattle farm at Gwenmar.

For the next three decades, he was active in the 4H movement and the summer and winter fairs at Brandon. In the early 1970s, he disposed of the business and retired to Brandon. On 28 November 1917, he married Gwendolyn Ann McGregor (1891-1978, daughter of James Duncan McGregor) at Brandon. They had no children. He died at Brandon on 20 March 1974 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. He was commemorated by the Edwin C. Harte Memorial Trust Fund that enabled 4H members to further their education.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McGregor House / Gwenmar (Municipality of Riverdale)

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1974, page 31.

“Fund honors cattlemen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1974, page 77.

“Gwendolyn Harte dies,” Brandon Sun, 29 August 1978, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 October 2021

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