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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Anderson “Alex” Cameron (1864-1947)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Aberfeldy, Scotland in 1864, he received a primary education before apprenticing in his father’s drapery shop. He emigrated to Canada and lived for a time in eastern Canada. He came to Manitoba and worked for merchant Jerry Robinson at Winnipeg. He later moved to Oak Lake where he operated a general store from the late 1890s in partnership with Ephraim Steen. He was also involved in livestock breeding. In the early 1920s, he turned over the store to Steen then bought another store at Medicine Hat, Alberta which he operated until retirement in 1943. In 1906, he married his business partner’s sister, Katherine Rebecca “Kate” Steen (1877-1956) and they had three children: Anna Beatrice Cameron (1908-?, wife of Herbert Hugh Carvell Rutledge), Robert Alexander Cameron (1910-?), and Helen Gertrude Cameron (1917-?, wife of Robert MacNeill). He served as the Mayor of Oak Lake (1910-1912), a Justice of the Peace, school trustee, and church elder. He died at Oak Lake on 25 July 1947.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cameron Building (Second Avenue W, Oak Lake, RM of Sifton)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Ox Trails to Blacktop by Oak Lake History Committee, 1982, pages 167-168.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2020

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