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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Boyd McClean (1882-1940)

Grain merchant.

Born in Pohocco Township, Nebraska on 11 September 1882, he moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1908 and worked in the grain business, incorporating the R. B. McClean Elevator Company in June 1916. He opened a Winnipeg office that year and became a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. His firm operated a grain elevator at Waskada and at several places in Saskatchewan in the early 1920s. The company was closed in 1932. He and wife Lulu Fietta Smith (1884-?) had four sons: Robert Boyd McClean (1910-1998), Francis Carson “Frank” McClean (1914-1937), Leslie McClean (1914-?), and Charles William McClean (1919-?). In 1921, he purchased a grand mansion in the Armstrong's Point area of Winnipeg, living there until it was seized for back taxes in 1935. He died in a Winnipeg nursing home on 18 January 1940 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. His pallbearers were his colleagues in the grain trade: S. W. Henderson, John McDowell, H. C. Nicholls, Victor Weld Tryon, John Moses Wiley, and Harry Lay.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ryan House (5 East Gate, Winnipeg)


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Winnipeg firm gets possession Sask. elevators,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 September 1924, page 8.

Obituary [Frank McClean], Winnipeg Tribune, 12 July 1937, page 20.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1940, page 4.

“McClean burial on Saturday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 January 1940, page 17.

Armstrong's Point: A History by Randy R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Heritage Winnipeg Corporation, 2009.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 November 2020

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