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Memorable Manitobans: William Davey Staples (1868-1929)

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William Davey Staples
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Farmer, MP (1904-1908), MP (1908-1911), MP (1911-1912).

Born at Fleetwood, Ontario on 10 November 1868, son of James Staples and Jane Evans, he attended school at Fleetwood and Lindsay, Ontario and Winnipeg, becoming a farmer at Treherne and operating a grain elevator there on behalf of Ogilvie Flour Mills. On 26 May 1892, he married Nellie May Metcalfe, daughter of Thomas Metcalfe of Treherne. They had three children: James Grenville Staples (1893-?), Adeline May Staples (1898-?), and Evans Metcalfe Staples (1901-?). He was a Councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk, was elected to the House of Commons for Macdonald in 1904, defeating J. Riddell, and was re-elected in 1908 and 1911. He resigned in April 1912 when he was appointed a Grain Commissioner for Canada. He died at his home in Elm Creek on 21 April 1929 and was buried in the Treherne Woodlands Cemetery.

Sources:

“W. D. Staples, former M.P., Macdonald, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 April 1929, page 4.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine, A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976, page 35.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2017

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