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Memorable Manitobans: James Bruce (1832-1926)


Born at West Kildonan on 24 March 1832, one of 14 children, he experienced the catastrophic flood of the Red River in 1852 and on many occasions travelled by ox cart between the Red River Settlement and St. Paul, Minnesota. He was claimed to have been the first to introduced the threshing machine to Western Canada. He and wife Ann, to whom he was married nearly 70 years, had six children: William H. Bruce (1863-?), Mary Jane Bruce (1864-?), Thomas Bruce (1866-?), Harriet Bruce (1868-?, wife of Andrew T. McDermot), Catherine Bruce (1868-?), Sarah Bruce (1871-?, wife of James E. McLean), Ethel Bruce (1874-?), and Myra Bruce (1878-?, wife of William Owens). He retired in 1906, and died at his home west of Winnipeg, at 2036 Portage Avenue, on 9 May 1926.


1881 Canada census, FamilySearch.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Native of Kildonan, aged 93 years, dies,” undated newspaper clipping [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2018

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