Memorable Manitobans: Frederic Young Newton (1870-1959)
Financial agent, MLA (1911-1914), MLA (1914-1915), MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932).
Born at Cobourg, Ontario on 7 April 1870, son of John White Newton and Mary McCollough, he was educated in Winnipeg. He farmed near Carberry until 1897 when he moved to Dauphin, living there two years then moving to Grandview. He engaged in a number of businesses during this time, including hardware, private banking, lumber dealing and real estate. About 1904 he moved to Roblin where he opened a private bank, which was eventually taken over by the Union Bank. He was later President of the Roblin Loan and Investment Company.
He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Shell River (1909). In February 1911, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature, representing the Roblin constituency, and was re-elected in 1914 and 1915. He resigned in 1917 following a report by judge George Paterson of fraud in the use of funds for roadbuilding in the constituency, and was replaced in a by-election by W. J. Westwood. He ran in the 1920 general election but was defeated, then was re-elected in 1922 and 1927 before he was defeated in the 1932 general election. From 1920 to 1922, and from 1940 to 1943, he served as Mayor of Roblin.
On 24 February 1904, he married Catherine Isabel Gilchrist (1880-1969), daughter of John Gilchrist of Winnipeg. They had seven children: Mary Vernice Newton (1905-?), Amy Irene Newton (1906-?), Helen May Newton (1907-?), Sarah Minnie Newton (1909-1921), Frederic Alexander Newton, Beatrice Jean Newton (1913-?, wife of James Bryant), and Frank G. Newton (?-?).
He died at Roblin on 17 May 1959 and was buried in the Roblin Cemetery.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1914.
1916 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Critical roadbuilding of 1914 an orgy of fraud and theft,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 February 1917, page 1.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“F. Y. Newton pioneer MLA is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1959, page 5.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Anthony Bryant and Joan Newton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 August 2019