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Memorable Manitobans: Helen Richmond Brough Mitchell (1854-1913)

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Born at Gananoque, Leeds County, Ontario on 2 March 1854, daughter of William and Elizabeth R. Brough, she was educated at the Gananoque High School. In 1878, she married James Bertram Mitchell and came to Manitoba with him, subsequently having three children: Rosslyn Brough Mitchell, Edith Helen Mitchell (wife of J. R. Davidson), and Elinor Mitchell. She was a charter member and served on the first executive of the Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg. She was also Past President of the Westminster Church Ladies’ Society, and a board member board of the Old Folks’ Home. She died at her Winnipeg home on 7 May 1913 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Death of Mrs. J. B. Mitchell,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 May 1913, page 7.

“Burial of Mrs. Mitchell,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 May 1913, page 43.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2017

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