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Memorable Manitobans: William Newton (1875-1960)

Grocer, businessman, dairy breeder, municipal official.

Born in England on 28 February 1875, son of Benjamin Newton, he immigrated to Canada in 1895 and settled in Winnipeg. On 12 March 1895, he married Katherine “Kate” Firth (1878-1970) at Winnipeg and they had five sons: William Newton (1897-1957), Frederick “Fred” Newton (1898-1993), Charles Newton (1900-1976), Roy Ernest Newton (1902-?), and Edward Newton (1904-1917). He worked as a labourer at the Ogilvie Flour Mill and settled in the Louise Bridge district (later Elmwood) around 1905. Later, he entered into a partnership with Frank E. Green (1861-1947), operating a grocery at 381 Plessis Street (later Newton Avenue, now William Newton Avenue) as Green & Newton. The store also sold flour, livestock feed, hardware, and other goods. The family lived next door at 379 Plessis Street by 1906 when the community voted to join the City of Winnipeg. He was elected as an Alderman for Ward 7 (Elmwood) and served two single-year terms on City Council (1906-1907) before resigning to focus on his business ventures. Around 1909, the family moved to British Columbia where he worked in the dairy industry (c1933-1939) before retirement. He died at Vancouver on 22 November 1960 and was buried in the Mountain View Cemetery. He is commemorated by William Newton Avenue in Winnipeg.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1906, 1906, and 1911 censes, Library and Archives Canada.

“Election in Elmwood,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 March 1906, page 9.

“These watched Ward's affairs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 September 1906, page 21.

“Ald. Newton to run again,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 October 1906, page 18.

“Opposition to Ashdown for Mayor,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 December 1906, page 15.

“Ald. Newton is retiring,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 November 1907, page 11.

“Organization of power advocates [Garson for Newton's seat],” Manitoba Free Press, 31 January 1908, page 2.

Funeral annoucements [Edward Newton], Vancouver World, 27 March 1917, page 14.

Obituary [Frank E. Green], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 March 1947, page 19.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 December 2018

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