Memorable Manitobans: David Williamson “Will” Yuill (1878-1970)
Born in Huron County, Ontario on 11 August 1878, son of Robert Yuill and Annie Campbell, as a young child he came to Manitoba with his family and resided at Portage la Prairie and later at Carman. He taught in rural school then attended Manitoba College and obtained a BA degree from the University of Manitoba (1902).
He was Principal of Gladstone School (1901-1904), Carman School (1904-1905), Minnedosa School (1905-1906), Hartney School (1906-1907), and Melita School (1907-1911). In 1911, he gave up teaching and articled in law with George Archibald at Melita, taking over the practice in 1914. He continued to practice, first alone and later in partnership with his eldest daughter.
On 2 August 1906, he married Winnifred Sarah Wellwood (1879-1970, daughter of James Moncrieff Wellwood) at Minnedosa. They had two daughters: Winnifred Ann Yuill and Jessie Wilhelmine Yuill (1910-?, wife of Robert J. Kilgour). He was an active member of the Melita Presbyterian Church and IOOF.
He died at Melita on 15 July 1970 and was buried in the Melita Cemetery.
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Obituary [Winnifred Anna Whitley], Brandon Sun, 13 November 1997, page 12.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 September 2022