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Memorable Manitobans: Henry William Johnston (1857-1943)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Lime Lake, Ontario on 13 September 1857, he came to the Manitoba in 1878 and homesteaded in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Elton. He served as a Councillor and Reeve in the RM of Elton, in which capacity he attended the 1905 founding meeting in Brandon of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities. He served on the Clinton School Board and was an active member of the Chater Methodist Church and the Orange Hall.

He was married to Barbara Ann Nelson. They had seven children: Herbert M. Johnston, Margaret D. Johnston (b 1884), William J. Johnston (b 1886), Chester J. Johnston (b 1888), Arthur Oliver Johston (b 1890), Mary Jane Johnston (b 1893), and Cordelia Katie Johnston (b 1895).

He farmed until shortly after his wife’s death in 1911. He then moved to Kissimmee, Florida where he lived until his death in 1943.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Homesteaders and Homemakers, A History of Elton Municipality, Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.E48 HOM, 1973.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2014

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