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Memorable Manitobans: George Christie (1853-1921)

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Livestock dealer, financial agent.

Born at Oboyne, Scotland on 14 May 1853, he came to Canada in 1872 and came to Emerson in 1879 where he was a partner in the cattle-buying firm of Christie & Fares. He was a Liberal candidate for the Emerson constituency in the 1896 provincial general election but lost to incumbent D. H. McFadden. He was married twice, first to Barbara Gorrie (?-1887) with whom he had a daughter, Mary Gorrie Christie (1884-1954, wife of Charles A. B. Whiting). He later married Agnes Cuthbertson Scott (1866-1940) and they had six children: Barbara Allen Christie (1889-1979, wife of William F. Auger), Ruby Agnes Christie (1894-1985, wife of Harry S. Higgins), George Fares Christie (1895-1979), Cameron Scott Christie (1897-1973), Evangeline Christie (?-?, wife of ? Higgins), and Janet Christie (?-?, wife of Alexander L. McLean). He moved to Winnipeg in 1912 and, after a five-year period of invalidism, he died at his home, 120 Canora Street, on 10 January 1921 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Pioneer cattleman dies in Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 January 1921, page 13.

“Will disposes of $127,613,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1921, page 1.

Obituary [Mary Gorrie Whiting], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1954, page 30.

Obituary [Barbara Allen Auger], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 May 1979, page 60.

Obituary [George Fares Christie], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1979, page 48.

Obituary [Ruby Agnes Higgins], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1985, page 21.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Murray Peterson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 March 2019

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