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Memorable Manitobans: John Genie Barron (1850-1926)

Livestock breeder.

Born at Elora, Ontario on 27 October 1850, son of John and Jane Barron, he came to Manitoba in 1878 to homestead near Carberry. In 1882 he established one of the province’s first shorthorn herds at what became known as Fairview Stock Farm. He won prizes all over Canada for his cattle, topping the field at the Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition in 1897. He served as President of the Dominion Shorthorn Breeders’ Association and was a director of the Carberry Agricultural Society. On 23 December 1879, he married Ellen Hope (1850-1900). They had eight children: John G. Barron (1880-?), George Andrew Barron (1882-?), Jessie Hogg Barron (1884-?, wife of Oliver George Parsons), Jennie Barron (1886-?), Winifred Ellen Barron (1889-?), Isabella Grieve Barron (1891-?), Alexander Barron (1893-?), and Walter Ernest Barron (1898-?). He was active in local government, serving for years as councillor and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of North Cypress. In 1899, he ran for a seat in the Manitoba Legislature but was defeated by R. F. Lyons. He died at Carberry on 12 February 1926 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“John G. Barron, noted stock raiser, is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 February 1926, page 1.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 September 2018

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