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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Christie Whitehead (1895-1961)

Newspaper publisher.

Born at Brandon on 30 November 1895, son of Joseph Blyth Whitehead and Edythe Hamilton Christie (1868-1959), he served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and received the Military Cross for gallantry. In 1941, he succeeded his father as publisher of the Brandon Sun and occupied the position until his death. He was a director of The Canadian Press (1945-1947) and served as President of the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers’ Association (1951-1952).

On 9 June 1923, he married Elizabeth Grace Davidson (1897-1993) at Brandon and they subsequently had two sons, Lewis Davidson Whitehead and Joseph Whitehead (?-1953). Active in the local community, he was Vice-President of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Governor of the Brandon General Hospital, and a member of the Board for Brandon College. He was a member of the Brandon Kiwanis Club, Brandon Golf and Country Club, and St. Matthews Anglican Cathedral.

He died at the Brandon General Hospital on 5 July 1961 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“E. C. Whitehead dies in hospital,” Brandon Sun, 5 July 1961, page 1.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2021

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