Leonard Francis EARL (1882-1969)

Leonard was born in Lansdowne, Ontario on 06 September 1882, son of Edward William Earl (1855-1947) and Agnes Anne McNeil (1853-1932). He came to Manitoba at an early age.

He and his wife, Eva Susan Brown (1888-1974), had three children: Charles Edward Gordon Earl (1912-1995), Marjorie Agnes Earl (1915-1999), and Frances Marion Earl (1921-2006, wife of Gerald William Brown). The family lived at 107 Kingston Row. He was Honorary Life President of the Manitoba Press Gallery. He was also a keen amateur horticulturalist.

Lawyer, Journalist

He was a law graduate of Wesley College and the Manitoba Law School, receiving the Governor General’s Medal for highest standing. After practicing law in Manitoba, he turned to journalism in the 1920s. He was first president and life member of the legislative press gallery. He covered the Manitoba Legislature and the House of Commons for the Winnipeg Tribune prior to his retirement in 1954. He was then the Manitoba correspondent for the Financial Post and a columnist for several western Canada magazines and newspapers. He was a honorary life president of the Manitoba press gallery.

He died at Winnipeg on 15 November 1969 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery. His papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.


  • Birth, marriage and death records, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Birth registration, Ontario Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, 17 November 1969, page 32.
  • “Newsman Earl Dies at 87”, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1969, page 14.
  • “Leonard Earl died Saturday”, The Brandon Sun, Brandon, 17 Nov 1969, page 5.
  • Obituary [Eva Susan Earl], Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, 03 Sep 1974, page 39.
  • Deaths [Charles Edward Gordon Earl], The Winnipeg Sun, Winnipeg, 26 Jul 1995, page 24.
  • Obituary [Marjorie Earl], Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, 03 Mar 1999, page C10.
  • Marion Frances Brown (nee Earl), Winnipeg Free Press Passages, Winnipeg, 21 Dec 2006.


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