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Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Canton Johnston (1896-1974)

Lawyer.

Born at Hansel, North Dakota on 3 April 1896, son of Robert W. Johnston, he moved to Manitoba in 1904 and to Dauphin in 1909, where he attended public and high school. He graduated with an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1916 then enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving in France and losing both legs in June 1917.

On return to Canada, he articled in law with J. L. Bowman at Dauphin and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1924. He was Clerk in the Dauphin Land Titles office from 1924 to 1929 then he practiced law at Gilbert Plains until 1931, then at Dauphin thereafter. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1952.

On 5 September 1927, he married Stella Ruth Chute (?-?) at Dauphin and they subsequently had two sons: Isaac Ray Johnston (1928-2004) and Bruce Garfield Johnston, both of whom became lawyers. He served as Mayor of Dauphin (1944-1945).

He died at St. Petersburg, Florida on 14 February 1974 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.

Sources:

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Six lawyers awarded K.C.’s silk,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1974, page 25.

Obituary [Isaac Ray Johnston], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 August 2004.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2022

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