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Memorable Manitobans: John Lorne Campbell (1856-1933)

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John Lorne Campbell
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Lumber merchant, municipal official.

Born at Duntrone, Ontario on 31 March 1856, son of Alexander Campbell (1832-?) and Jane Ann Leach (1834-1925), he attended Rollingwood High School and the University of Toronto. He came to Manitoba by 1883 and operated a lumber business at Melita. He served as the Registrar of Deeds and Mayor of Melita (1902), and Reeve of the RM of Arthur (1888-1889). On 6 January 1892, he married Christina Boyd McDougall (1867-?) at Sterling, Ontario. They had three children: Jean Kathleen Campbell (b 1894), Florence Marjorie Campbell (b 1897), and Lorne Joseph Campbell (1897-1898). He served as President of the Western Canada Retail Lumbermen’s Association.

He moved back to Ontario in 1904, eventually settling at Toronto where he operated a lumber wholesale business and was Secretary of the Wholesale Lumberman’s Association. He died at Toronto on 2 April 1933.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“J. L. Campbell, first mayor of Melita, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 April 1933, page 3.

“J. L. Campbell, former resident of Melita, Man. dies in Toronto,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1933, page 1.

Gartshore family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 October 2014

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