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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Donaldson (1851-1919)

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Joseph Donaldson
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Born in Zorah Township, Ontario on 7 June 1851, son of William and Mary Donaldson, he quit school at the age of 16 to help on the family farm. At 27, he left home to learn the butcher’s trade. In 1880 he went to Saskatchewan and took up a homestead near Broadview, which he cultivated until 1886. He moved to Brandon in 1890 and established a retail meat market at 813 Rosser Avenue. He was also involved in the feeding and raising of cattle and sheep.

On 27 October 1880, he married Elizabeth Emma Wallis (1857-1927) at Woodstock, Ontario and they had six children: Florence Irene Donaldson (1889-1908), Mary Berenice Donaldson (1881-1969, wife of Herbert Irving Stevenson), William W. Donaldson (?-?), Joseph Cameron Donaldson, Edward V. Donaldson (?-?), and John Milton Donaldson. The family resided at 259 Sixth Street, Brandon. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Brandon Board of Trade, Anglican Church, and a director of the Brandon Winter Fair.

He died at Brandon on 30 January 1919 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Christopher Stevenson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2020

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