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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Melville Hayden (1858-1934)

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Samuel Melville Hayden
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Farmer, MLA (1916-1920).

Born in Ontario on 6 October 1858, he came to Manitoba and farmed in the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain.

For many years, he served on the council of the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain, for thirteen years as trustee and secretary of the Oak Ridge School District. Defeated in the 1914 provincial general election, he was elected at the 1915 general election, representing the Killarney constituency and served one term, being defeated in 1920 by Samuel Fletcher.

He was married twice, first to Maria Ann McMinn (1859-1921) with whom he had four children: William N. Hayden (1879-?), Eva L. Hayden (1881-?), Wilfred E. Hayden (1887-?), and Ray Elmer Hayden (1893-?). On 10 January 1924, he married Annie Jane Johnson (1869-1958) at Winnipeg.

He died at Killarney on 27 October 1934 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, November 1934, page 368.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2021

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