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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Cromwell McDonald (1879-1917)

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Donald Cromwell McDonald
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Grain dealer, MLA (1914-1915).

Born in Bruce County, Ontario on 17 November 1879, son of Roger McDonald and Mary Cameron, he was educated at Port Elgin and the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute. He came to Manitoba in 1892 and farmed near Russell until 1905 then he was a grain buyer for the Imperial Elevator Company (1905-1908).

On 1 July 1908, he married Nellie McDonald (?-?) of Russell. They had no children. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as member for Russell in 1914, the same year as he served as Mayor of Russell. He was a member of the AF & AM and COOF. His recreations included curling and baseball.

He died under mysterious circumstances at Winnipeg on 2 October 1917 and was buried in the Russell Cemetery.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1915.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 471.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Police probe mystery in death of M’Donald,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1917, page 1.

“Mysterious death of D. D. M’Donald,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 October 1917, page 1.

“No inquest on M’Donald,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 October 1917, page 1.

“McDonald’s body sent to Russell,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 October 1917, page 10.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2021

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