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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Macdonald (1845-1916)

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Duncan Macdonald
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Businessman.

Born at Pitlochry, Scotland on 16 April 1845, brother of Alexander Macdonald, he emigrated to Canada in 1878 and for a period of four years worked as a dairyman in Winnipeg. In 1882 he became a butcher and cattle dealer. Subsequently, he did some railway contracting, building a section of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from Portage la Prairie to a point near the Saskatchewan River, 275 miles west. About this time he purchased a lumber business and mill at Arrow Lake, British Columbia, eventually selling it to an American interest. He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 2 February 1916 and was buried in the Kildonan Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Winnipeg pioneer business man dead,” Winnipeg Telegram, 3 February 1916. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

“Duncan Macdonald dies at ripe age,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 February 1916, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2015

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