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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel McClain (1862-1947)

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Samuel McClain
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Lumber merchant.

Born at Oxford County, Ontario on 23 February 1862, fourth of six children of Charles McClain and Elizabeth Jickling, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1881 and settled at Morden. He worked on his father’s farm until 1890 when he went to Carman and engaged in a lumber, coal and wood business. In 1887 he married Violet Morrison (1860-1940) of Bates. They had two children: Earnest Charles James McClain (b 1888) and Margaret Elizabeth McClain (1889-1947, wife of C. E. Graham). He served for two years as President of the Carman Board of Trade. He was a member of the Masons and the Odd Fellows. He died at Winnipeg on 14 January 1947.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

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

“Mrs. C. Graham, social workers, dies at 57,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 January 1947, page 3.

“Samuel McClain,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1948, page 13.

We thank Sharon Proctor for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 August 2015

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