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Memorable Manitobans: Oscar Lavelle Harwood (1881-1945)

Insurance and real estate broker.

Born at Woodstock, Ontario on 28 December 1881, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harwood, he was educated at Stratford, Ontario. He came to Manitoba in 1889 and worked in the real estate office of Frank C. Patterson at Brandon. In 1903, he took over the business. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917 and qualified for the Artillery at Kingston in 1916. He served as a Transport Officer in the Forestry Corps, went overseas and served at Berkshire, Hertfordshire and other camps.

In 1919, he married Dorothy Cox. He was a member of the board for the Brandon Generarl Hospital, Brandon Board of Trade (ex-Secretary), and the Winter Fair Board. He was a member of the Brandon Club and the Commercial Club.

In 1937, he was appointed by the Provincial Government as Supervisor of the City of Brandon to oversee the financial affairs when the city defaulted on its bonds. Harwood enabled the city to get back to a sound financial position before he died at Brandon on 1 November 1945. He was buried in Brandon Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Jackson House (339 Victoria Avenue, Brandon)


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“O. L. Harwood,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1945, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 November 2014

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