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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Fairlie Christie (1909-1977)

Cattle dealer, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 23 December 1909, son of Duncan Ferguson Christie (c1877-1953) and Nellie Fairlie (c1876-1959), he was educated locally and became involved in business at a young age. He worked as a cattle dealer for 52 years, including employment at the St. Boniface Stockyards. He married Evelyn Wright Thompson (1923-2007) and had four children. They lived in East Kildonan and Lot 8 on McPhillips Street in West Kildonan, where he was Councillor (1944-1950) and played a lead role in the $15,000 construction of the Municipal Hall (1950) as well as water main installation program in Old Kildonan. He went on to be Reeve of Old Kildonan (1950-1954) before resigning part-way into his last term on account of business matters. The couple moved to Hazelridge in 1970. He was a member of the Winnipeg Livestock Exchange and the Seven Oaks Lodge No. 148 West Kildonan Branch. He died at Winnipeg on 10 October 1977 and is presumed buried in Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery, along with his wife and parents.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Suburb pays tribute to Reeve’s guidance,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 December 1949, page 8.

“Old Kildonan Reeve believes in action,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1951, page 3.

Obituary [Duncan Ferguson Christie], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1953, page 17.

Obituary [Mrs. Nellie Christie], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1959, page 18.

“Vote heavy in suburbs, light in St. Boniface, upset in North Kildonan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1953, page 3.

“Two-way fight shaping up for post of Reeve in Old Kildonan election,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1954, page 3.

“Bondar elected as new Reeve of Old Kildonan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1954, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1977, page 50.

Obituary [Evelyn Wright Christie], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 2007, page 27.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 June 2014

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