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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Blyth Whitehead (1865-1941)

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Born at Blyth, Ontario on 17 September 1865, son of Charles Whitehead and Hannah Sybil Lake (1838-1921), he was educated at Tilsonburg, Ontario and St. John’s College. He was in the employ of the Merchant’s Bank for a time and was City Treasurer of Brandon (1896-1905). In 1903, he and three other men purchased the Western Publishing Company, publisher of the Brandon Sun, from Joseph Alexander Osborne. In 1911, he bought controlling interest in the firm from editor and part-owner Phillip Purcell. He was manager of the company and published the newspaper until his death.

On 2 June 1894, he married Edythe Hamilton Christie (1868-1959), with whom he has three children: Ernest Christie Whitehead, Edith Lake Whitehead (1897-1981, wife of Alfred Thomas Heyland), and Margaret Blackburn Whitehead (1907-?). He was a member of the Brandon Board of Trade and Canadian Press Association. He was a member of the AF & AM (Scottish Rite, 32nd degree) and Anglican Church.

He died at his Brandon home on 12 September 1941 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“City Treasurer resigns position,” Brandon Weekly Sun, 6 July 1905, page 10.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“J. B. Whitehead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1941, page 5.

“The Brandon Sun. Founded 95 years ago, The Sun grows with Brandon,”Brandon Sun, 18 January 1977, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2021

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