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Melita's Influential Citizens



Our inventory of over 200 people who have had an impact on the town and region is sorted by occupation and/or sphere of inluence.
We would also like additional facts if you have them, photos or documents if available, and comments about how people have had an impact on
their community and their world.


From this list we have developed a shorter List of Potentially Significant People which is presented in the following pages.


PIONEERS

EARLY BUSINESS PEOPLE

MAJOR FAMILIES

INDUSTRY

SERVICES &  PROFESSIONALS

BUILDERS

EARLY POLITICIANS

TOWN ADMINISTRATION

CLERGY

EDUCATORS & SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

MEDICAL SERVICES

RAILWAY EMPLOYEES

RECREATIONAL

COMMUNITY SERVICES

POST WWI 

FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS



NOTABLE PEOPLE
Melita’s Significant Historical Figures

 
Historic figures are grouped by basic occupations or avocations. Some people who had a few occupations (like merchant, mayor, postal official) will appear in a few places. Individuals are then presented alphabetically in each grouping.

The information in each inventory entry is used in an assessment process to determine those people with more noteworthy claims for significance. The key data entry, Significance, is the one to look at.
A collection of people with higher levels of potential significance have been placed in the, List of Potentially Significant People (The Long List, which features 85 people),


PIONEERS

Alexander, J.P.
Biography: 
Claims: Land Titles Agent at “Souris City” NW 26-2-27 in 1883. This Office was moved to Melita in 1896.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /1 / 4
Images: As Above
Content: No additional information

Brockington, 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
Had a boat built in 1904 by D. Lamont – blacksmith shop
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 444 / Brandon Sun Weekly Oct. 2, 1884
Images: As Above
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: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 448
Images: As Above
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 son Richard, Charles D. Lamont, Johnston & Pope.
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 508
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Dugay, Alfred
Biography:  Born
Claims: Arrived in Dec. 1879 witb James Kinley, and Thomas, Walter F. Thomas
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Elliott, David
Biography:  
Claims: Sourisford Pioneer, 1881; His hosue was a noted “Stopping Place”, being near the Boundary Commission Trail.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / x / 1
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Essensa, Wm.
Biography:  
Claims: Ferry-man who built a house near the county registry office at 26,2,27 in 1884.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Brandon Sun Weekly May 22, 1884
Images: N/A
Content: No 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
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information

Hope, Thomas
Biography:  
Claims: Came in 1883 / settled in 1884.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 54
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information

Kinley, James
Biography:  Born
Claims: Arrived in Dec. 1879 Alfred Dugay and Thomas, Walter F
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Kirkup, Thomas
Biography: 
Claims: Building & Contracting in Quebec. Arrived in the 1880’s  SW 2-4-27. Bought SE 2-4-27 from R.M. Graham. Farmed until 1905
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 592
Images: As Above
Content: Some 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”. P4
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century /  55 /4
Images: N/A
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

McKinnon, Archie
Biography:  Born 1862, ON
Claims: Homesteaded in 1882. Donated land for Presbyterian Church at Coulter (Later United)  
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /  652
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information

Oliver. Jospeh
Biography:  Born 1866, England
Claims: Homesteaded in 1888 with son Frank.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 670
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Phair, Thomas
Biography:  Born 1864, ON
Claims: Homesteaded in 1883 near Elva
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 687
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Polworth, James
Dates: 
Claims: First person married in the new Presbyterian Church by Rev. White
Probable Significance: Low
Source: Our First Century /  692
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional content
Biography: 

Rowe, Philip and Nicholas
Biography:  
Claims: Located on 32-2-27 ca. 1880
Probable Significance: Low
Source: Our First Century /  x
Images: N/A
Content: No additional content
Biography: 

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
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Sinclair, Dr.
Biography:  Born
Claims: Dr. Sinclair developed the town site of Manchester on 32-3-26.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /x
Images: N/A
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
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Snyder, Amos
Biography:  Born 1824; Died 1912
Claims: Homesteaded 1881 at the same time as his son, John Wesley Snyder.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 732
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Spence, John
Biography:  Died 1941
Claims: Homesteaded 1882 
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 739
Images: N/A
Content: Some 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
Images: N/A
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
Images: As Above
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
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information

Trerice, Alex
Biography:  
Claims: Built the first frame house in the district. 12-4-27, 1882,  President of Melita Mill. First Noble Grand Master of the Oddfellows Lodge 1891.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 181
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


West, Charles
Biography:  
Claims: Charles was living in a dugout shanty on the west bank of the Souris River when Walter F. Thomas, James Kinley and Alfred Dugay arrived in 1879.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Whitkey, Joseph
Biography:  
Claims: Early pioneer
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 84
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Wickham, Mr.
Biography:  
Claims: Early pioneer
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 82
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Vail, Don
Biography:  
Claims: Menota pioneer
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


EARLY BUSINESS PEOPLE

Archibald, Hugh James
Biography:  Born 1848, Nova Scotia
Claims: Elva’s first Postmaster.
Coal merchant who received the first shipment of coal in 1892 on the new rail line.
Still working at age 82.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 415
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Alexander, J.P.
Biography:  Born England
Claims: Land Titles p1 – “Souris City” 1883 NW 26-2-27 Succeeded by Mr. Campbell 1886  NW 2-3-27 – then moved to Melita 1891.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 1
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Barker, G.B.
Biography: 
Claims: Came 1892 from England – worked for R.M. Graham
Bought a building and opened a Men’s and Boy’s Shoes and Clothing Store
G.B. Barker 1907 (Barkers Men’s Wear) New building 1915
First Barker’s building on this site in 1899
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 431
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Bell, George
Biography: 
Claims: Implement dealer in Manchester 1880’s
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Blackwell, A
Biography: 
Claims: Owner of a business block , originally in Manchester, moved to main St. (Blackwell Block_. On Fire Station Committee (1901)
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 217
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information



Blackwell, Bros. (T.A. & W.J.)
Biography: 
Claims: Harness & Boot Store 1892 p 349 Shoeist & Clothier” 1908 -1911
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century  /349
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Briggs, G.E.
Biography:  Died 1921
Claims: G.E. Briggs 1915 (Metropolitan Hotel Owner 1918 – 21
Mrs. Briggs operated it until 1930)
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Brundit, Mr.
Biography:  
Claims: In 1892 a meeting was held in “Brundit’s Hall to organize a Cricket Club. Mr. Brundit announced in 1893 that he was to hold a series of concerts.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 274 / 115
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Cameron, Albert Edward
Biography:  Born Scotland; Died 1932
Claims: 1892 formed a Partnership with James Duncan – former agent for the Implement Firm Frost & Wood at Melita. Cameron & Duncan established 26 agencies and warehouses in Mb & Sk.; 1908 Cameron & Duncan agency dissolved.
Cameron Siding / Cameron School (South Antler)
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 453
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Cameron, Donald
Biography:  Born 1906
Claims: Melita Motors (with Ted Wilson) /  C&C Agencies
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 453
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information


Cobb. John
Biography:  Born Quebec
Claims: Logging in the Ottawa Valley. Hotel in Virden. Melita 1890
Mr. Cobb built Metropolitan Hotel in 1891
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century 482
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Winnipeg 1880
Contracts to build rail-bed for the C.P.R.
Family lived in a double-decker tent while Hotel being constructed – also used as a hotel

Collinge, Mr.
Biography:  
Claims: Owner of a store  - 1890
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Brandon Sun, 1890
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Cosgrove, James, B.
Biography:  Born 1849
Claims:  Built the Massey Harris Dealership in 1892
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 490
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Coughill, Mr.
Biography: 
Claims:  Built a store which he sold to R.M. Graham in 1891 (Current Bank of Commerce Lot)
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No 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 son Richard, Charles D. Lamont, Johnston & Pope.
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 508
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Dodds, G.L.
Biography: 
Claims: Magistrate. Mr. Dodds had a Hardware & General store in Manchester. Moved to the new town site in 1890. He served as a Land Agent for CPR and Canada North West Land Co. Sold farms and traveled to Ontario to solicit settlers.
Corner Stone of Victoria United – Aug. 10, 1897 laid by G.L. Dodds, Reeve, and Mrs. J.C. Switzer, bride of the Pastor. 
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 205 : Brandon Sun -  March 26, 1890
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Duncan, James
Biography:  Born 1857, Scotland
Claims: James Came to Canada in 1882
Homesteaded in Wolsley NWT (Now Sk)  and served in the 1885 Uprising Duncan worked as a blacksmith at Manchester in the early 1880’s.,
Farm Implement Dealer, Justice of the Peace).   Came to Melita in 1888 – built  first brick house. in town.
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 520
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Estlin, A.B.
Biography: 
Claims: Mr. Estlin was a Grain Buyer, Insurance Agent. Contractor.
A.B. Estlin 1900 – Wawanesa Insurance Agent 1919-1936
He served as Secretary of the Melita - Arthur Telephone Co. established in 1905. Built the Blackwell Block (originally at the Manchester Site) which burned 1920)
 Wrote several accounts of pioneer life (Local History)
Probable Significance: Majot
Source: Our First Century / 205
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Graham, R.M.
Biography: 
Claims: Mr. Graham arrived in 1882 and set up a store and post office in 1883, followed by a blacksmith’s shop that he rented out. The site, known also as “The Corners”, became the village of Manchester – soon changed to Melita. In 1891 he bought a store in Melita from Coughill.
Trustte.  On first Melita School Board 1886
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 368 / 36/ 54
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

- Plan #2 – Souris River Registry, March 28, 1882
- Post Office granted but the name “Manchester” was taken. Melita chosen from suggestions offered
 - with arrival of railway – station placed on 1-4-27 and town moved
1882 – Town Plan registered
- strong advocate for rail service etc.

Merchant
Conveyancer for Province of Mb
Commisioner for taking affidavits

Grant, Robert
Biography: 
Claims:  Established a boarding house in 1893
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 368
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information


Harvey, F.T.
Biography:  Died 1892
Claims: publisher of the Melita Enterprise 1891 – 92 
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Holden, Charles Parker
Biography: 
Claims: Mr. Holden was a prominent businessman, a Furniture Store & Funeral Parlour.
C.P. Holden 1908 - Councilor & school board
Melita Band member 47 years. Board of Trade.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 572
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Holden, Ewart
Biography: 
Claims:  Established a Mink Ranch in 1928
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 379 / 572
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Hoover, Gordon
Biography: 
Claims: Boyd & Hoover store & ice-cream parlour until 1927
 Drove meat truck for Musson’s Butcher Shop
WW1 & WW2 Vet. Had a large collection of Native artifacts
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 574
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Jellis, William
Biography: 
Claims: Homesteaded in 1882. Operated a blacksmith shop in Elva.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 579
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Jobbins, J.S.
Biography: 
Claims:  Arrived in 1899 from England. Baker. Businessman.
Purchased the E.R. Atkinson house in 1903 and opened a boarding house p 361
Bake shop 1899 – new building 1903

Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /580 . 366
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Kemp, A.E.
Biography: 
Claims:  Jeweller 1894-5
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /
Images: Antler River Museum
Content: Some additional information

Lennox, I.T.
Biography: 
Claims:  Responsible for the construction and operation of the first skating rink- 1892.  Owned the Sun Café (Once housed school classes in the upper room.)
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /  240 / 289
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Lamont, Dave
Biography: 
Claims:  Owned Lamont’s Garage. President of the Auto Club in 1913.  Built a boat used on the river in 1906
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /  119  / 363
Images: As Above
Content: No additional information


Love, Robert
Biography: 
Claims: 1910 – 1924 - “Melita Shoe Hospital” in Lefty’s Grill Building – Main Street.
Built the Opera House in 1913 – for moving pictures and live entertainment.
Harness maker, shoe repair
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 301
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

McRae, R.J.
Biography:  
Claims: Livery Barn & carriage shop with Mr. Ross
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century  / 373
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


McKay, Robert McBeth
Biography:  Born 1871, Kildonan; Died 1910
Claims: Mr. McKay managed the Hamlin Bros Store in the Sturgeon or Corner Block
Twice on Town Council. Band Leader. Led Choir of Presbyterian Church
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 651
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Murray, Robert Cecil
Biography:   Died 1975
Claims: Murray Farm Equipment until 1955 – has remained in family (Bernie Murray, Dwight Murray) 
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: 
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information

Pettipher, Francis Edward
Biography: Born 1879, England
Claims: Machinist
Machine Shop attached to the flour mill owned by Jim McCallum and Tom Lamont
Est. Melita Machine Shop and operated it for 55 years
Skilled at all kinds of repairs
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 684
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information



Pope, Arthur
Biography:
Claims:  Opened the first Drug Store in 1891, in the Holden
Block on the SW corner of Main and Souris Streets.
Later operated out of the Morrow Building ca. 1900

Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /  384
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Price, Mrs.
Biography:
Claims: Milliner & Dressmaker from  1891 to 1900
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /  350 
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Scheffer, George
Biography: 
Claims:  Poundkeeper. Operated “Scheffer Livery Stable”  1899 – 1903. Farm near town.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 317
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Stewart, George
Biography: 
Claims:  Tailor Shop 1893 - 1929
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 373
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Wyatt, Orland Nicholas “Lefty”
Biography:  Born 1911, Melita
Claims:  Operated Lefty’s Grill 1943 - 1961
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 797
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information


SERVICES & PROFESSIONALS

Archibald, George W.
Biography: 
Claims:  Lawyer est. 1905
Source: Our First Century / 374
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Brundid, Dennis
Biography: 
Claims:  Auctioneer
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 343
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Crerar, John C.
Biography: 
Claims:  Lawyer. Moved from Birtle.  Practiced law for about 25 years. Began practice in 1891
Retired in 1928. First Worshipful Master – Masons Lodge 1893
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 393
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Kenner, W.G.
Biography: 
Claims:  Drayman 1892 - 1929
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 352
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Law, A.W.
Biography: 
Claims:  Operated a Private Bank
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 345
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Lea, George
Biography: 
Claims:  Carriage maker – brought out by D. Lamont in 1904
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 348 / 362
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information



Leslie, “Doc” W.
Biography:  
Claims: Doc. Leslie, a veterinarian, arrived around 1900. He served as a Farm Inspector for Osler, Hamilton and Nanton.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 611
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Martel, William (&Son)
Biography:  
Claims: Photographers 1899 – worked out of a tent studio. Worked elsewhere in the province (Brandon, Winnipeg)
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 384
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

McConnel. Pat
Biography: 
Claims:  Established a store west of Manchester ca. 1882
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Morrow, Harry Leonard
Biography:  
Claims: Pharmacist. H.L. Morrow bought drug store from Mr. Hewitt in 1930. Town council. Morrow Pharmacy – taken over by son Gerry in 1959
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 635
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information


Richards, H.H.
Biography: 
Claims: Mr. Richards became Manager of the Northern Bank in 1906. Had the first car in town
1908 Northern Crown Bank (amalgamated with Crown)
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Reid, J.
Biography: 
Claims:  Tinsmith
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Reid, T.R.
Biography: 
Claims:  Auctioneer
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 343
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Richardson, R.H.
Biography: 
Claims:  Broke land in 1883. Established a Carriage Shop in 1891. Built a large store on Main St. 1891 – operated as East End Fruit Store by Mrs. Richardson 1891-1901
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 56 / 386
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Snider E.P.
Biography: 
Claims:  With Mr. Warren, established a General Store in Menota in 1882. E.P. Snider was Postmaster when Manchester became “Melita”.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 3
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

White, James
Biography: 
Claims:  Established Melita’s first newspaper, the Melita Enterprise. in 1891 with F.T. Harvey as editor.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 383 / Brandon Sun - Nov. 12, 1891
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Whitley , Winnifred Anna (Yuill)
Biography: 
Claims: Entered father’s Law Office as Stenographer 1924
Called to the bar in 1934 – practiced in Cypress River.
Melita 1939 entered  law practice with her father.
Retired in 1974
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 802
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Whitley, Winnifred Anna (Yuill)
Biography: 
Claims: Entered father’s Law Office as Stenographer 1924
Called to the bar in 1934 – practiced in Cypress River.
Melita 1939 entered  law practice with her father.
Retired in 1974
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 802
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Yuill, David William
Biography:  Born 1878, ON. Died 1970, Melita
Claims: Moved to Melita as Principal of Melita School in 1908.   In 1911 he articled with Mr. Archibald and in 1914 took over the practice. Active on School Board.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 802
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

 


INDUSTRY


Forsyth, William
Biography: 
Claims:  Pumpmaker. Used logs from Turtle Mtn. Had wind-powered drill. Turned the fence posts for the Melita Cemetery
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 537
Images: As Above
Content: No 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 son Richard, Charles D. Lamont, Johnston & Pope.
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 508 / 377
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Large, Hunt, Johnson, Rolston
Biography:  Born 1876 ON; Died 1947
Claims: Steam engineer. Blacksmith, mechanic, inventor. South Antler Steel Works
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 63 and various other publications
Images: N/A
Content: Good additional information

Captain Large built the Empress of Ireland, a steam powered boat that did saw service on the Souris River in 1909, 1910. The boat was moved to Brandon and re-named the Assiniboine Queen and used to tranport coal to a bridge construction site east of Brandon.

Mr. Large openned a machine shop in Waskada before moving east in 1914 where he was a supervisor in a munitions factory.

Some time later he recovered the remains of the H.M. Schooner “Nancy” from Nancy Island. (Fur trader converted to a warship for the War of 1812)

1907 Contract to build cement sidewalks on Front Street

Lamont, Tom
Biography: 
Claims:  Operated a Flour Mill with Jim McCallum
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
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Content: No additional information

McCallum, Jim
Biography: 
Claims:  Operated a Flout Mill with Tom Lamont
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Powell, Mr.
Biography: 
Claims:  In charge of the flour mill
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 356
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Content: No additional information







 


BUILDERS

Blakeway, A.E.
Biography: 
Claims: Victoria United Church - A.E. Blakeway – contractor – with volunteer labour
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 96
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Jones, Alex
Biography:  Born 1872, ON
Claims:  Mason – worked with the Morrow brothers.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 581
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Line Harry
Biography:  Born 1887 England. Died 1955
Claims: Mason / Bricklayer  / Plasterer. Worked for Frank and Jack Morrow. Helped contruct the Indian School at Sturgeon landing – near The Pas
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 613
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Content: Some additional information

Morrow, Frank
Biography:  Born 1876, ON
Claims: Arrived 1906. Mason – Second Floor of Sturgeon Block, Sourisford Park Arch, Melita Sidewalks – worked on Banff Springs Hotel, Name stamp in sidewalk on Maple St.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 633
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Penson, Robert
Biography:  
Claims:  Came to Melita 1891 – worked for Campbell & Campbell (Furniture Store) building hosues. Sec. Treas. of Chesterfield SD for 50 years.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 683
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information


Wyatt, Robert Nicholas
Biography:  Born 1877 ON; Died 1954
Claims:  Came in 1902 on Harvest Train.  As a carpenter and contractor he built bridges (eg. Bridge in River Park), schools, and banks. Built the Arcola School, Melita Rink. Operated early car dealerships; Ford Dealer, Chev Dealer
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 796
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


 


MAJOR FAMILIES

Coates, William Sr.
Biography: 
Claims:  Homesteaded 1888
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century , 476
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Cocquyt, Paul
Biography:  Born Belgium, 1871
Claims:  Began farming in Melita area 1907
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 484
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information



Fletcher, George Sr.
Biography:   Born 1837, England
Claims:  Homesteaded 1886
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 530
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Content: Some additional information



Grieg, John
Biography:  Born 1861, Scotland; Died 1937
Claims:  Came in 1910
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /557
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information



Loucks, Thomas S.
Biography: 
Claims: From a UE Loyalist family. Came from Forestburg SD in  1900 by coverd wagon.
A Poet – See P 47
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 616
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Tilbury
Biography: 
Claims:  Family came from England beginning in 1908
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 757
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Vanbeaselaere, Victor
Biography: Born 1871, Belgium
Claims:  Arrived in Dloraine in 1913. Melita in 1915.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 768
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information



 


EARLY POLITICIANS


Campbell, A.M.
Biography:
Claims: Member of Legislature – 1888. Operated a Photography business until 1892.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 384
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Content: No additional information

Ross, Arthur
Biography:  Died 1958
Claims: Agricultural College. Served in WW1
Councilor and Reeve
Executive of Union of Manitoba Municipalities
1940 Conservative MP for Souris Constituency also 1945 and 1949 – until 1952
1952 M.L.A. for Arthur – until 1958
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 709
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Thompson, A.E.
Biography:  Born 1856, ON. Died 1910
Claims:  Homesteaded near Waskada. Moved to Melita in 1892. Operated a Butcher shop and dealt in cattle and horses. Elected to Mb. Legislature in 1899 and 1903. Moved to Vancouver in 1907.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 751
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Williams, John
Biography:  Born 1860, Wales; Died 1931, Melita
Claims: Mr. Williams was the earliest settler on the “Peninsula” south of town. He was a Councilor (1882), Reeve and  MLA (1907). Became Minister of Agriculture in 1922.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 788 / 59
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Content: Good additional information


TOWN ADMINISTRATION


Alexander, J.P.
Biography: 
Claims: Succeeded A.P. Stuart as Registrar when the Land Office was moved from Old Deloraine to “the town Souris” (Also Souris City and Souriapolis) on NW 26-2-27 – built a house and office 1883. Resigned in 1886 to run for Legislature.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 1 /4
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Content: Some additional information

Anderson, John (J.J.)
Biography:  Born 1836, Scotland: Died 1916, Melita
Claims: Farmer, Lumber Dealer: Championship Curler – Brandon 1898
Council 1898 – 1901 ; 1904 - 1908
Reeve of Arthur 1901 - 1904
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 407
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Barnard, Thomas
Biography: 
Claims: Constable and licensing of and regulating fees of scavengers
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 317
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Bell, S.A.
Biography: 
Claims: County Court Division - Clerk when est. in 1893
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 4
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information


Carels, Ken
Biography:  Born 1938 : Died 2005
Claims: Owner – Grocery Store: Town Council 1971.  Mayor 1980 - 2002. Director of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities from 1982 to 1998
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 457
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities from 1978 to 1982 and a Director of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities from 1982 to 1998. He also served on the MHO, Manitoba Surface Rights Board, Wheat Belt Community Futures, MGRA, MARRC and others. He was an active member of the Lions Club, Kinsmen, K-40, Chamber of Commerce, Curling Club, Arena Board, Sacred Heart Church and many more. Ken was honoured to be presented with a commemorative medal marking the 125th anniversary of Confederation of Canada in 1993 and being named an honorary life member of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in 2004. He had a passion for sports and loved curling, bowling, golfing, baseball, football and playing cards.

Campbell, J.L.
Biography: 
Claims:  Land Registrar. He and the office moved to Melita from Sourisford in 1896
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 4
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Content: No additional information

Dodds, G.L.
Biography: 
Claims: Magistrate. Mr. Dodds had a Hardware & General store in Manchester. Moved to the new town site in 1890. He served as a Land Agent for CPR and Canada North West Land Co. Sold farms and traveled to Ontario to solicit settlers.
Corner Stone of Victoria United – Aug. 10, 1897 laid by G.L. Dodds, Reeve, and Mrs. J.C. Switzer, bride of the Pastor. 
Probable Significance: Major
Source: Our First Century / 205 : Brandon Sun -  March 26, 1890
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Downie, James
Biography: 
Claims:  First Reeve – 1884. President of Ag. Society1891
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 39
Images: N/A
Content: No  additional information

Holmes, J.
Biography: 
Claims:  Councilor Ward 3 – resigned in 1884
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Brandon Sun Weekly Oct. 2, 1884
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Lamont, Tom
Biography: 
Claims:  Operated a Flout Mill
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Livesley, Robert Jr.
Biography: 
Claims:  Bailiff. Kept note on the operation of the Melita School.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 614
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Oxley, Thomas
Biography:  Born 1842, England
Claims:  County Clerk and Baliff
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 675
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information



Reekie, A.M.
Biography: 
Claims:  First Customs Officer – 1900. The office was in Melita.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 44
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Thomas, Walter F.
Biography:  
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
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information






 


CLERGY

Beynon, Rev. T.B.
Biography:  
Claims:  Circuit missionary 1884 - 86
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /96
Images: As Above
Content: No additional information

Brown, Rev. John
Biography: Died 1892
Claims:  Minister, Elva Presbyterian & Melita  1886-1891
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century /86
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Chapman, A.F.O.
Biography:  
Claims: First Baptist Minister 1895
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /82 / Brandon Sun - Nov. 12, 1891
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Collins, Jas.
Biography:  
Claims:  Came to Melita in 1891 – Baptist Minister
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Brandon Sun - Nov. 12, 1891
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Floyd, M.P.
Biography: 
Claims:  Presbyterian Minister
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A   
Content: No additional information

Harris, Rev. J.M.
Biography: 
Claims:  Minister
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Manchester, Rev
Biography: 
Claims:  Presbyterian Minister 1884
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A / 3
Content: No additional information

McTavish, Rev.
Biography: 
Claims:  Presbyterian Minister - 1885
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 3
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Rochester, Mr. W.M.
Biography: 
Claims:  Student Missionary – first Presbyterian in district
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 87
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


Stocker, Rev. William
Biography: 
Claims:  Supervised the building of the Christ Church Anglican (as architect). Carved the communion table.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 80
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information



Switzer, Rev. A.J.
Biography: 
Claims:  First minister in new Methodist Church 1896-1899
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 97
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Vrooman, Rev.
Biography: 
Claims: Methodist Minister 1891. Active in the Temperance Movement
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Brandon Sun - Dec 31, 1891
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Watson, Rev. H.J.
Biography: 
Claims: Anglican Minister 1890
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 80
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Wheeler, Rev. A.D.
Biography: 
Claims:  Conducted  the first Church Service in the region in Alf Gould’s house on the first Sunday in August, 1882.. Also Great West Life Insurance Agent. First teacher in Melita School 1887.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 372 / 244 / 3
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

White, Rev. Joseph
Biography: 
Claims:  Minister 1891
Probable Significance: Low
Source: Our First Century / 88
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information




 


EDUCATORS & SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

Brown, Jean
Biography:  
Claims: Teacher Melita – 1893-1900
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 244
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Leslie, Mrs.
Biography:  Died 1927
Claims: Mrs. Leslie – teacher, member of the Senate of the Agriculutural College which later became the University of Manitoba..  (d. ca. 1927)
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 611
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information


Wheeler, Rev. A.D.
Biography: 
Claims:  Conducted  the first Church Service in the region in Alf Gould’s house on the first Sunday in August, 1882.. Also Great West Life Insurance Agent. First teacher in Melita School 1887.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 372 / 244 / 3
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

White, R.M.
Biography: 
Claims:  First Principal – Melita School 1892
Probable Significance: Low
Source: Our First Century / 244
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Yuill, David William
Biography:  Born 1878, ON. Died 1970, Melita
Claims: Moved to Melita as Principal of Melita School in 1908.   In 1911 he articled with Mr. Archibald and in 1914 took over the practice. Active on School Board.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 802
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information





 


MEDICAL SERVICES

Byers. Dr. Herbert
Biography:  Died 1933
Claims: Came to Melita in 1890 – stayed for most of his career.. Health Officer for Melita/Arthur
Coroner. Medical Officer for C.P.R.
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Creighton, Dr. J.
Biography: 
Claims: Practiced Medicine 1903-1911. He and his wife opened a hospital of five or six beds in the Blackwell bros. block on Main St. 1909.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 163
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Forsyth , Mrs. Cora
Biography: 
Claims:  Midwife. Nursing Home 1938 - 48
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 164
Images: As Above
Content: No additional information


Jeffrey, Janet (Nurse)
Biography: 
Claims:  Midwife
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 579
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Jellis, Mrs. Marion
Biography: 
Claims: Homesteaded in 1882. Helped the Dr. deliver babies. Boarded teachers.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 579
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Kaye, Dr.
Biography: 
Claims: Dr. H.A. Kaye and his family occupied 17 Gov’t Rd. from 1952 to 1990. This well-known physician tended to patients in their homes in and around the rural community, while also providing medical services from the private confines of his own household.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 588
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Mainland, Mrs.
Biography: 
Claims:  Midwife. Numerous babies born under Mrs. Mainland’s care
At 36 Souris St.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /
Images: As Above
Content: No additional information

Murray, Marj (Mrs. Robert)
Biography:   
Claims: Nurse – delivered many local babies.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 638
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Sinclair, Dr.
Biography:  Born
Claims: Dr. Sinclair developed the town site of Manchester on NW 32-3-26 & SW 1-4-27
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 356 / 36
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Snyder, Mrs. C.J. (Myrtle Lillian Johnson)
Biography: 
Claims:  Midwife. Registered Nurse. Nursing Home 1936
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 164 / 734
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information


Stratton Dr. D.P.
Biography: 
Claims:  First resident Dentist – 1903 - 1917
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 169
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information



Wilson, Dr. F.C.
Biography:  Born 1892, Deloraine; Died 1950
Claims: Served WW1. Deer Lodge Hospital. Practised in Deloraine until 1934 when he was named Medical Officer and coroner  for Arthur. School Board. Melita’s Hospital is named after him.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 165
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information



RAILWAY EMPLOYEES


Redpath, E.R.
Biography: 
Claims:  Station Agent in 1891 - 1901
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century
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Content: No additional information


 



RECREATIONAL

Anderson, George M.
Biography: 
Claims:  Curling: Winner of 1898 Regional Curling Championships
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 274
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Anderson, Wm. W.
Biography: 
Claims:  Curling: Winner of 1898 Regional Curling Championships
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 274
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Brundit, Mr.
Biography:  
Claims: In 1892 a meeting was held in “Brundit’s Hall to organize a Cricket Club. Mr. Brundit announced in 1893 that he was to hold a series of concerts.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 274 / 115
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Cobb, Gilbert
Biography: 
Claims:  President of first organized hockey - 1899
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 283
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Cobb, Wm. J.
Biography: 
Claims:  Curling: Winner of 1898 Regional Curling Championships
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 274
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Cobb, Mrs. J.
Biography: 
Claims:  Nobel Grand master – Golden Link Rebekah Lodge - 1909
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 183
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Dyer, Herbert Lewis
Biography: 
Claims: Piano player – Waite’s Theatre – for silent movies.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 521
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information



Greaves, George Frederick
Biography:  Born 1843, England; Died 1900 (Runaway horse accident)
Claims: Grad of the London Academy of Music. Settled 1889. Taught music. Traveled from farm to farm.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 553
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information



Lennox, Robert
Biography: 
Claims: Bandmaster “Melita Music Band” 1892
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 292
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Love, Robert
Biography: 
Claims: 1910 – 1924 - “Melita Shoe Hospital” in Lefty’s Grill Building – Main Street.
Built the Opera House in 1913 – for moving pictures and live entertainment.
Harness maker, shoe repair
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 301
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Loucks, Thomas S.
Biography: 
Claims: From a UE Loyalist family. Came from Forestburg SD in 1900 by coverd wagon.
A Poet – See P 47
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 616
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

McKay, Robert McBeth
Biography:  Born 1871, Kildonan; Died 1910
Claims: Mr. McKay managed the Hamlin Bros Store in the Sturgeon or Corner Block
Twice on Town Council. Band Leader. Led Choir of Presbyterian Church
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 651
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

O’Connor, Miss
Biography: 
Claims: Piano Techer 1892
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 295
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information


  



COMMUNITY SERVICES

Archibald, G.W.
Biography: 
Claims: Lieutenant – in charge of first Military squadron (C Squadron) in Melita 1908. Lawyer.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 271
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Elliott, Gordon
Biography:  Born 1893 in a log house on the banks of Antler Creek
Claims: Farmer: CPR Pumpman & CPR Bridge and Building Contractors – retired 1958
As a young man Mr. Gordon worked with Prof. Montgomery of Toronto in 1913-14 he while he was at Sourisford, excavating mounds of the “Mound Builders”. Two years later worked with W.B. Nickerson of the Archaeological Survey looking at mounds in the Snowflake, Alexander & Arden areas. Medical Corps 1916. Vimy Ridge 1917
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 523
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Gates, H.
Biography: 
Claims: First president of the Souris River Agricultural Society, 1891
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 189
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Hunt, Mrs. Leigh W.
Biography: 
Claims: First Chief Operator for the Melita – Arthur Telephone Co. 1905
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 223
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Laughlin, Clyde
Biography: 
Claims: Had a gasoline powered boat that he used for a ferry and other river transportation.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information



Mallaher, Gerald
Biography: 
Claims: Mr. Malaher was former director of the Game Branch. Gerald W. Malaher Wildlife Management Area named in his honour. Gerald W. Malaher Wildlife Management Area, west of town - SW 2-4-27
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 46
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information

Pope, Fred
Biography:  Served in WW1. Became Customs officer. Three sons served in the R.C.A.F in WW2
Claims: 
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 694
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Sitting Eagle
Biography: 
Claims: Chief – Pipestone Reserve
Met with first settlers at Sourisford (Dave Elliot)
Trapped in the area.
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century
Images: P. 67
Content: Some additional information

Strange, Ed
Biography:  Died 1945
Claims:  Came on a Harvest Excursion in 1897
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 746
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information

Trerice, Alex
Biography:  
Claims: Built the first frame house in the district. 12-4-27, 1882,  President of Melita Mill. First Noble Grand Master of the Oddfellows Lodge 1891.
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 181
Images: N/A
Content: No additional information

Williams, Kendric Hambly
Biography:   Born 1900
Claims: Avocational archeologist
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 790
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information







RENOWNED INDIVIDUALS

Leslie, Mrs.
Biography:  Died 1927
Claims: Mrs. Leslie – teacher, member of the Senate of the Agriculutural College which later became the University of Manitoba..  (d. ca. 1927)
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century / 611
Images: N/A
Content: Some additional information


Mallaher, Gerald
Biography: 
Claims: Mr. Malaher was former director of the Game Branch. Gerald W. Malaher Wildlife Management Area named in his honour. Gerald W. Malaher Wildlife Management Area, west of town - SW 2-4-27
Probable Significance: High
Source: Our First Century / 46
Images: As Above
Content: Good additional information




 


POST WW I



Downey, James
Biography: 
Claims:  M.L.A
Probable Significance: Medium
Source: Our First Century
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information

Lewis, Dr. W.H.
Biography: 
Claims:  First President of the Royal Canadian Legion #127
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century / 176
Images: Private Collection
Content: Some additional information


Musson, Percy
Biography:  Born 1887, England
Claims: Henry Percival Musson had a butcher - shop on Main St. ca. 1922
Well established – long term business.
Leader of the Citizen’s Band 1927
Probable Significance: Modest
Source: Our First Century /
Images: As Above
Content: Some additional information