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Memorable Manitobans: William McCreery (1861-1943)


Born in Ballbay County, Ireland on 12 January 1861, he emigrated to the Canada in 1879 and arrived at Upper Fort Garry the following year. He found work at Whitemouth building the Canadian Pacific Railway with Sifton, Ward and Company. He later walked from Whitemouth to Portage la Prairie, then on to the Indianford district where he took up a homestead. In 1921, he started the first apiary in the area after taking a course in beekeeping at the University of Manitoba. In 1882, he was appointed assessor for Norfolk Municipality and, in 1894, he advocated successfully for the construction of a school on his property, for which he was Secretary-Treasurer for 30 years. He was a founder of the Treherne Agricultural Society (1901) and a Director of the United Grain Growers. He was married twice, first in 1887 to Rebecca Berry (1866-1896) with whom he had a son, and second in 1902 to Charlotte Berry (1877-1968), his first wife’s cousin, with whom he had three children. He died on 17 November 1943. His name was added posthumously to the Roll of Honour for the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McCreery School No. 797 (RM of South Norfolk)


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine - A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, page 240.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2013

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