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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Viney Helliwell (1846-1931)

Farmer, municipal official, bookkeeper.

Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 20 August 1846, son of Charles Lord Helliwell and Eliza Jones, brother of W. J. Helliwell, he worked as a travelling salesman until 1870 when he enlisted in the Quebec Battalion and came to the Red River Settlement with the Wolseley Expedition. After his discharge in 1871 he took up farming near Miami and served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of North Dufferin (1881-1882). In 1885, he sold the farm and moved to Morden where he took work as a bookkeeper. He also served as Secretary of the Morden Agricultural Society. In 1875 he married Isabella Hefford (1860-?) of New Brunswick. They had six children: Maud Helliwell (b ?, wife of William Reid), Lillian Nora Helliwell (b 1883, wife of Alfred James Cannons), Charles Lord Helliwell (b 1885), William Louis Helliwell (b 1888), Fredrick Vine Helliwell (b 1888), and Victoria Helliwell (b 1890, wife of Horace Perrin). At the time of his death, he was living at Cypress River. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 19 March 1931 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Charley V. Helliwell, octogenarian, expires,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 March 1931, page 8.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 24 March 1931, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 December 2014

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