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Memorable Manitobans: Percy H. Nelson (1871-?)

Postmaster.

Born at Birmingham, England, 1871. Son of Thomas Nelson (brother of Sir Montague Nelson, London) and Hannah Smith (sister of Sir George H. Smith, Halifax Yorkshire). Was educated at Birmingham and King Edward’s High School. Came to Canada, 1894, Binscarth; homesteaded; secretary-treasurer rural municipality of Ellice for some years;came to Russell, 1912; grain buyer for Imperial Grain Company; appointed postmaster, 1913. Canadian Militia, Lieutenant, 32nd Manitoba Horse. Joined Canadian Expeditionary Force, 226th Battalion; overseas, October 1916; six weeks garrison duty at Halifax; England, 43rd Cameron Highlanders; instructional duty two years, St. Martin’s Plains, Dibgate; returned to Canada and resumed position. Member of the council four years. Elected Mayor of Russell, serving from 1924 to 1933. Ex-Member of the School Board of Binscarth. Member Masonic Fraternity, Past Worshipful Master, Russell Lodge No. 62. Anglican. Ex-Warden of Binscarth and Russell churches. Reorganised and put on a paying basis, Municipal Electric Light Plant. Recreation: Golf. Address, Russell, Manitoba.

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Page revised: 11 October 2009

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