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Memorable Manitobans: William J. Venner (1848-1947)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born near Port Stanley, Ontario on 25 November 1848, son of English immigrant William Venner, he came to Manitoba in 1878, going first to Treherne and later to Cypress River. He farmed, was a machinery agent, and a grain buyer. He served as a justice of the peace, school trustee, municipal councillor and Reeve (1901) for the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk. In 1920 he retired to Winnipeg where he lived with his sons on Birds Hill Road in North Kildonan. He died at Winnipeg on 16 August 1947 and was buried in Cypress River Cemetery.

Sources:

“Pioneer still alert on 98th birthday”, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1947, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 November 2010

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