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Memorable Manitobans: William Watt (1875-1958)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Blairemore Farm near Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 24 May 1875, he immigrated to Canada in 1901 and took up farming in the Hillview School District at 17-8-27W. On 14 March 1906, he married Anna Belle Robertson Milliken (1884-1979) in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone and they had eleven children: Alexander Milliken “Alex” Watt (1906-?), George Watt (1908-?), Winnifred Watt (1909-1929), Mildred Watt (1910-?, wife of Larry Gregary), Wallace Watt (1912-?), James Douglas “Doug” Watt, Jack Watt, Lorne Watt (?-1979), Neil Watt (1918-1975), Kenneth Watt (?-?), and Lewis Watt (?-?). He served as a 20-year Councillor and Reeve (1933-1948) of Pipestone. He retired from farming in 1947 and moved to Reston. He died there on 8 August 1958 and was buried in the Reston Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Former Reeve of Pipestone dies at 83,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1958, page 9.

Trails Along the Pipestone, RM Pipestone History Committee.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 January 2015

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