Memorable Manitobans: Wellington John Thompson (1869-1937)
Editor and publisher.
Born at Caledonia, Haldimand County, Ontario on 2 December 1869, son of W. D. and Phoebe Thompson, he was educated at Tilsonburg, Ontario. He came to Elkhorn in 1892 and founded the Elkhorn Advocate the next year. He also served as a police magistrate and notary public. He was President of the Elkhorn Conservative Association for many years, and Secretary of the Elkhorn Branch of the Manitoba Grain Growers’ Association for several years. He was nominated as the first Mayor of Elkhorn, when the village was first incorporated in 1905, but was defeated by one vote. He later served as Mayor of Elkhorn in 1922. On 18 January 1905, he married Mary Ashley McLeod (1866-1947) of Elkhorn. They had one son, John William McLeod Thompson. His recreations included tennis and hockey. He was a membrer of the Conservative party and the Methodist church. He died at Elkhorn on 5 October 1937 and was buried in the Elkhorn Cemetery.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
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.
“Editor dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 October 1937, page 2.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 July 2016
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