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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Blyth Whitehead (1865-1941)


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. He was one of a company of four to purchase the Brandon Sun from J. A. Osborne, which he published for many years. On 2 June 1894, he married Edythe Hamilton Christie (1868-1959), with whom he has three children: Ernest Christie Whitehead, Edith Lake Whitehead (1897-?), and Margaret Blackburn Whitehead (1907-?). He was a member of the Brandon Board of Trade and the Canadian Press Association. He was a member of the AF & AM (Scottish Rite, 32nd degree) and the Anglican Church. He died at his Brandon home on 12 September 1941 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2018

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