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Brockinton, W.T.



Biography:  Born 1850, England; Died 1933
Claims: Auditor of the Birmingham Railway – quit to come to Canada in 1881
Came to Twp. 2 R. 28 in 1882. Graduate of  Oxford University. Brought a load of lumber with him from Brandon – with oxen. Played the violin and taught music. Councilor -Ward 3, 1884.
Had a boat built in 1904 by D. Lamont – blacksmith shop
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century 363 / 444 Brandon Sun Weekly Oct. 2, 1884
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Content: Good additional information

 

Brown, William Henry



Biography:  Died 1929
Claims: Farmer – 1883 NE 22-4-27. Donated land for Brown School – picnic often on their farm – Sec. Treas for years – teachers boarded at their house. Brown School picnic held at their farm
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 448
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Content: Good additional information

 

Dobbyn. John





Biography:  Born
Claims: With son Richard John, came in 1881.  Mr. Dobbyn had  “Dobbyn City” surveyed on 36-3-27 in anticipation of a coming rail line. In 1905 at 80 yrs. started Melita Brick & Tile Co. after discovering red brick clay near the river.  Involved his  son Richard, Charles D. Lamont, Johnston & Pope.
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 508 / 377
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Content: Good additional information
 

Gould, Alfred

Biography:  1856, ON
Claims: Arrived at Sourisford in May of 1880. Built a store. Sourisford Postmaster 1884-1896.
First President of the Pioneer Association 1889. R.M. Council. School Board
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 550
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Content: Good additional information

Hope, Thomas

Biography:  
Claims: Came in 1883 / settled in 1884.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 54
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Content: Good additional information


Livingston, Dr. A.M.

Biography:  Died 1903
Claims: Came in 1882 Dominion Veterinarian for the district. (as of 1899). Reeve and Chief Magistrate 1891-92. Chairman of the School Board. “Grande Prix for Barley at Paris in 1900”.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century /  55 /4
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Content: Good additional information

Farm situated on the southern slope of the Souris valley. 1 mile east of town.
Raised cattle and horses
Livingston’s Crossing-  Ferry est 1888 (local investors) – noted in early reports
Planted over 1000 trees

Salisbury, John, A.

Biography:  Born
Claims: Cheesemaker & Carpenter
John Salisbury homesteaded E 32-4-26 in 1883
First Director of Ag. Society 1887 
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /  57  / 189
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Content: No additional information

Sinclair, Dr.

Biography: 
Claims: Dr. Sinclair developed the town site of Manchester on 32-3-26.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / x
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Content: Some additional information

Snyder, John Wesley





Biography:  Born 1856; Died 1952
Claims: In the fall of 1881 John was one of first four to file on homesteads west of the Souris River. Purchased the first binder in the district. Trustee and Sec. Tres. For Sourisford School 
Sons all farmed in the district.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 732
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Content: Good additional information

 

 


Sturgeon, T.D.

Biography:  
Claims: Mr. Sturgeon was a Manchester pioneer who built the Sturgeon Block (Sturgeon Hall upstairs)  – and other properties.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 747
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Content: Some additional information

Sterling, Edward





Biography:  Born 1861, ON. Died 1949
Claims: Homesteaded 1881. Worked in Winnipeg that winter – one job was moving the Countess of Dufferin across the river.  Returned to area to start farming in 1882. Helped build the Melira United Church – hauling stone for the foundation and helping with the construction. Two terms on Municipal Council. Store in Tilston 1907.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 741
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Content: Good additional information

 

 



Thomas, Walter F.

Biography:   Born 1856, ON.
Claims: Arrived in 1879 with with James Kinley, and Alfred Dugay 
Operated a ferry. Clerk R.M. of Arthur – nearly 50 yrs.
One arm amputated after a gunshot accident that happened while he was operating his ferry
Sec. Treas – Pioneer’s Association 30- yrs.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / x / 57
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Content: Good additional information