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.
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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