Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Arthur Wilson (1896-1977)
Born at Birtle on 8 February 1896, son of Edmund James Wilson and Mary Ann Dunsmore (1861-1953), he was educated at Birtle School and lived his entire life at Birtle except for a period of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. On 16 June 1920, he married Sarah Jane “Sadie” Falloon (1893-1962) at Foxwarren and they had two sons: James Averd Wilson and Wilbur Wilson. He farmed in the Foxwarren district for several years then moved to Birtle in 1932. Following the death of his father in 1943, he took over the operation of the Birtle Eye-Witness, retiring in 1976. He was a life member of the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association and, in recognition of his service to the industry, he received the Silver Quill Award (1974) and Gold Quill Award (1976). He died at Birtle on 16 September 1977 and was buried in the Zion Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1977, page 112.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 November 2018
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