Wilhelm/William Friedrich BACHMAN (1851-1925)

Wilhelm/William Friedrich BACHMAN (1851-1925)

William was born 30 September 1851 in Germany. He served as an officer in the Prussian army and serving in the cavalry in the German War.

His family consisted of his wife Mary Elizabeth Phillips (1851-1932) and daughter Emma Dorothy Bachman (1880-1979, wife of William Shaw Jr., son of William Robert Shaw). They immigrated to Canada in 1888 and homesteaded in the Ladywood area where he donated an acre of land for the location of the Cromwell School (originally named Bachman School).

Farmer, Municipal Official

The family moved to Beausejour in the early days of the village. He was a member of the first village Council in 1909 and was elected Mayor of Beausejour (1912-1914). The town clerk, a practical jokester, locked both Mayor Bachman and Chief Constable Deakin in a cell during their inspection of the newly built jail and officially recorded them as the first “inmates” of the jail. In retirement, he acted as Truant Officer for the local school board. His cottage was located on Second Street next to the schoolyard.

He died in Beausejour on 05 April 1925 and is buried in the Beausejour Community Cemetery.


  • Birth, marriage and death records, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • “They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba – 1875-1981; Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee; 1982.
  • Obituary [Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bachman], The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, Winnipeg, 24 Sep 1932, page 9.
  • Obituary [Emma Dorothy Shaw], Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, 17 Apr 1979, page 38.


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