Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Macdonald (1851-1921)
Born on the island of Islay, Scotland on 6 April 1851, he came to Winnipeg in May 1883, followed a year later by his wife and family. He worked as a builder and contractor then, after retirement, he worked as a valuator for a number of loan, investment and insurance companies. He was a member of the Board of Valuation and Revision for the City of Winnipeg, acting as a building expert.
He had six children: John A. Macdonald, Donald F. Macdonald, Dr. Duncan A. Macdonald, Fletcher A. Macdonald, Francis J. Macdonald, and Mrs. Elwood Cross. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, Sons of Scotland (Camp Melrose), and St. Andrews Church.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Pioneer contractor dies; resided in city 38 years,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 October 1921, page 2.
“Prominent contractor died suddenly Saturd’y,” newspaper clipping dated 18 October 1921. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 October 2021