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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Arthur Scarlett (1865-1923)


Born at Cobourg, Ontario on 7 June 1865, son of Edward Scarlett and Hannah Burkell, he was educated Victoria University then, in 1883, he commenced a career as a druggist at Cobourg. He came to Manitoba in 1891 where he took up work as a clergyman, holding successive charges at High Bluff, Souris, Oak Lake, Elkhorn, and Winnipeg (Wesley and McDougall Methodist churches). During the First World War, he resigned his pastorate to become a chaplain with the 45th Battalion in France, after which he resumed clerical duties at Portage la Prairie.

On 21 August 1895, he married Alma Edith Parkhill (1872-1942) of Midland, Ontario. They had four children: Earl Parkhill Scarlett (1896-?), Aleta Jean Scarlett (1899-1983, mother of Earle B. Pollard), Hartley Melvin Scarlett (1902-?), and Winnifred Gertrude Scarlett (1904-?). He was a member of the IOOF, Loyal Orange Lodge, and Independent Order of Foresters. His recreations included lacrosse, baseball, and curling.

He died suddenly at Portage la Prairie on 1 March 1923 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. R. A. Scarlett called by death,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 March 1923, page 9.

“Late Rev. R. A. Scarlett to be buried in Winnipeg,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 March 1923, page 6.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2019

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