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Memorable Manitobans: Marcus Oswald Hedley (1867-1930)

Farmer, businessman.

Born at Derby, Derbyshire, England on 26 July 1867, son of Edward and Sophia Hedley, he emigrated to Canada at the age of 14 and settled on a farm at Carievale, Saskatchewan. He moved to Brandon in 1906. He and his brother Edwin Vincent Hedley (1869-1954) purchased 120 acres on which they grew rhubarb on an experimental basis. They supplied to all of western Canada for the next two years. In addition to farming he also worked as a manufacturers agent for pianos, sewing machines, and cream separators. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Edrans Brandon Pressed Brick Company.

On 9 September 1902, he married Gertrude Emily Bowler (1874-?) at Carievale, Saskatchewan. They had at least six children: Doris Gertrude Hedley (1904-1994, wife of John George Keeble), Oswald Vincent “Vin” Hedley (1907-1998), Phyllis Hedley (1908-?), Marjorie Eugenie Hedley (1909-1909), Audrey Hedley (?-?), and Zara Hedley (1912-?). The family lived at 360 Fifteenth Street in Brandon. He was a member of the Anglican church.

He died in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis on 1 December 1930 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bell Block / Victoria Block / Daymin Court (1202 Rosser Avenue, Brandon)

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Obituary [Vincent Hedley], Brandon Sun, 12 November 1998, page 18.

Grave transcriptions, Brandon Cemetery.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 July 2021

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