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Memorable Manitobans: George Selby Perry (1866-1948)

Journalist, editor, educator.

Born in Ontario on 12 September 1866, son of Robert Perry and Frances Parker, he entered the field of journalism and moved west. In Manitoba, he was Principal of Rapid City School (1889) and continued in the teaching profession into the early 1890s. He was also involved in the Winnipeg newspaper scene and in 1892 founded the Plaindealer newspaper at Souris. On 21 August 1889, he married Charlotte May Rhodes (1869-?) at Minnedosa and the couple had four children: Rolf S. Perry (1890-?), Brian R. Perry (1895-?), Francis Gides Perry (1897-?), and Hazel Elizabeth Perry (1899-1915). In 1897, they moved to British Columbia where he became the circulation manager of the Vancouver Daily Province the following year, and later worked as a newspaper editor by 1921, eventually retiring in 1945. He was also Secretary of the Vancouver Water Board. He died at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver on 9 September 1948 and his cremains were interred at Mountain View Cemetery.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1891 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada censes, Ancestry.

“Board of Education,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 8 June 1888, page 4.

“A Minnedosa elopement,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 24 August 1889, page 4.

“People in paragraphs,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 31 March 1890, page 8.

“Brandon budget,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 12 May 1893, page 4.

“Recent Canadian patents,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 March 1907, page 12.

“Pioneer Manitoba newsman dies, 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1948, page 4.

Burial transcriptions, Moutain View Cemetery, City of Vancouver.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 September 2017

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