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Memorable Manitobans: Marcus Oswald Hedley (1867-1930)

Farmer, manufacturers agent.

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 Carivale, Saskatchewan. He moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1906 when he and his brother Edwin V. Hedley 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 and treasurer of the Edrans Brandon Pressed Brick Company.

On 9 September 1902, he married Gertrude Bowler at Carivale, Saskatchewan. They had four children: Doris Hedley, Vincent Hedley, Phyllis Hedley, and Audrey Hedley. 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.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 March 2010

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