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Memorable Manitobans: Bruce McBean (1873-1959)

Grain merchant.

Born at Millbrook, Ontario on 15 November 1873, son of Archibald McBean, brother of W. D. McBean, he came to Winnipeg in 1885 and completed his education at the Collegiate Institute. He worked for two years in the grain business, after which he started his own grain brokerage business. In 1896 he was elected to membership in the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange. He was also a director of the Grain and Produce Clearing Association. He married Mary Richardson of Ontario in 1899. They had two children: Archibald McBean (b 1901) and Sarah Geraldine McBean (b 1902, wife of Alfred R. Merry). In his youth, he played baseball, lacrosse, and hockey, the latter as a member of the Winnipeg Victorias Club. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg Automobile Club, and Woodmen of the World. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 19 June 1959 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Among the Winnipeg wheat kings”, Manitoba Free Press, 24 October 1903, page 12.

“Birthday congratulations to”, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1926, page 11.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1959, page 28.

We thank Donald Macbeth for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2011

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