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Memorable Manitobans: William Ernest “Will” Ingersoll (1879-1968)

Author and journalist.

Born at Shoal Lake on 28 December 1879, he joined the Free Press as a reporter in 1908 and served as secretary to John W. Dafoe, then church editor from 1935 to 1960. He had a short story in the first anthology of Canadian writing, published in 1929. He had previously published Daisy Herself (1918) and The Road That Led Home; A Romance of Plow-land (1918). A follower of boxing, he began collecting Elvis Presley records at the age of 80. He died at Winnipeg on 31 December 1968. He was survived by two daughters and a son.


“Former church editor dies here at 89”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1969, page 6.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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