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Memorable Manitobans: Reginald Henry Murray Pratt (1854-1925)


Born at Suffolk, England in 1854, he attended Eton before emigrating to Canada in 1875. He came to Portage la Prairie in the 1870s, later bringing his brother Walter Pratt with him. They operated a steamboat on the Assiniboine River between Winnipeg and Portage. He operated the Pratt Opera House, and was a member of the Nile Expedition under Garnet Wolseley.

He was married to Nellie J. George, daughter of Rev. H. George. They had five sons: Horace Pratt (b 1889), Cecil Pratt (b 1890), Alwyn Pratt (b 1892), Gerald Pratt (b 1895), and Bernard H. Pratt (b 1904). He held many positions in the Portage government, including water commissioner and alderman for several years. At the time of his death, he was manager for the urban Mutual Insurance Company and also represented several other companies.

He died at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on 29 April 1925.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“R. H. M. Pratt, Portage, Dies After Operation” Manitoba Free Press, 29 April 1925. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

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