Saskatchewan Gen Web Project - SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE by JOHN HAWKES Vol 1II 1924


Robert Leith Hanbidge, mayor of Kerrobert, also holds a leading p0- sition as a barrister and citizen. High standards have marked his career since its beginning and his public spirit has been rewarded by his elec- tion to public office. He is a member of the well established firm of Han- bidge & Hanbidge and has been chief executive of the town of Kerro- bert since 1921. Robert Leith Hanbidge was born in Southampton, Bruce county, On- tario, on the 16th of March, 1891, a son of Robert and Fanny (Murton) Hanbidge, natives of Ontario, the former of whom engaged in farming in Bruce county for many years. He was taken to that county by his parents when he was a year old. During the many years of his residence there he was an influential factor in the development and improvement of the country and was held in high regard. He is now retired from active life and is residing in Port Elgin. The public schools of Southampton and Port Elgin afforded Robert Leith Hanbidge his early education and subsequently he enrolled in the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute. He was graduated in the year 1909 and soon afterward located in Regina, where he was articled to the present Attorney-General, J. A. Cross, for the study of law. He re- mained with him for three years and then went to Mr. Fisher and was subsequently with Martin & McEwen. The last few months of his study was spent with his brother, J. M. Hanbidge, at Kerrobert, and after he was called to the bar in December, 1914, he formed a partnership with his brother, under the firm style of Hanbidge & Hanbidge. They are among the foremost barristers at the district and provincial bars and have an extensive and important clientele, handling much litigation be- fore the courts. Robert Leith Hanbidge was town solicitor of Kerrobert for four years. On the 8th of September, 1915, Mr. Hanbidge was married to Miss Jane Mitchell, a daughter of Donald and Margaret (McKellar) Mitchell, both of whom are living. Mr. Mitchell is agent for the Beaver Lumber Company at Francis, Saskatchewan, and is also postmaster there. Mr. and Mrs. Hanbidge have become the parents of five children: Muriel, Gladys, Beryl, Keith and Alice. In his political views Mr. Hanbidge has always favored the Conservative party and in December, 1920, he was elected mayor of Kerrobert. He has since been reelected to that office, always by acclamation. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, of which he is past master and he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Socially he is connected with the Kerrobert Golf Club and the Curling Club. He is greatly interested in all outdoor sports and for- merly played football with the Regina team, being a member of the team when it won the championship of Western Canada in 1910. The religious faith of Mr. Hanbidge is that of the Methodist church. Along strictly professional lines he belongs to the Dominion, Saskatchewan and Kerro- bert Bar Associations. He has one of the finest law offices in this town and the largest and most complete law library in the district. He also has farming interests here. Bibliography follows:

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