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Memorable Manitobans: James Duncan Baine (1855-1922)

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James Duncan Baine
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Merchant, municipal official.

Born in Toronto, Ontario on 15 August 1855, son of James and Agnes McBride Baine, he was educated at Thobourn Academy in Ottawa and came to Manitoba in 1870 with the survey party of S. J. Dawson, working until 1874 as Dawson’s private secretary. From 1875 to 1887 he organized the transportation of supplies from Fort Frances for Hugh Sutherland and, from 1877 to 1879, was in charge of logistics for railway construction between Cross Lake and Eagle Lake in western Ontario. He came to Boissevain in 1885 and opened a general store. He served as a member of the Boissevain council and, for a short period in 1899-1900, was Mayor of Boissevain. In 1888, he married Florence May Emmons of Port Arthur, Ontario. They had five children: James E. Baine, Agnes Marjorie Baine (b 1891), Laura Baine (b 1894), Nora Euphemice Baine (b 1897), and Alan Baine (b 1899). He was a member of the IOOF and the Masons, serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba for the latter (1909). He died at Roblin on 23 September 1922.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 September 2016

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