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Memorable Manitobans: James Graham Cheyne (1861-1912)

Grain dealer.

Born in Ontario on 1 May 1861, one of two sons born to George Cheyne and Jane Graham, he lived on the family farm until 1882, when he came to Manitoba and took up a farm near Lauder. He worked on it for 17 years, moving in 1901 to Melita where he built a warehouse that he later turned into a grain elevator. He later worked in the grocery and fruit business until selling out in 1910 and going into the grain business. He held a seat on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. On 23 March 1887, he married Clarissa Hamilton (1860-1944) and they had a son, James Hamilton Gordon Cheyne (1888-1970). He served as Mayor of Melita in 1906. He died at Killarney on 28 August 1912 and was buried in the Melita Cemetery.

Sources:

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [James Hamilton Gordon Cheyne], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1970, page 28.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 June 2019

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