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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Brett Piper (1882-1955)

Grain merchant.

Born at Mankato, Minnesota on 2 September 1882, son of George Frank Piper (1856-1917) and Grace Porter Brett (1858-1939), he attended Cornell University and the Harvard School of Business Administration. He came to Canada in 1906 and was the Vice-President of the Winnipeg Elevator Company. He wrote the book Principles of the Grain Trade of Western Canada (1915). On 29 April 1908, he married Isabelle Galt (1887-?), daughter of John Galt, at Winnipeg and they had three children: Mary Evelyn Piper (1909-?, wife of ? Norris), Grace Isabella Piper (1911-1985, wife of ? Gertmenian), John G. Piper (1915-?), Elizabeth Piper (1916-?, wife of ? Twelvetrees), and William Piper (?-?). He moved to Pasadena, California around 1929 and died there on 19 December 1955.


“Piper – Galt,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 April 1908, page 10.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Pasadena Independent, 20 December 1955, page 31.

Clarence Brett Piper, Find-A-Grave.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 November 2018

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