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Memorable Manitobans: John Duncan McDonald (c1879-1965)


Born at Arran, Ontario around 1879, he moved with his parents to Peshtigo, Wisconsin in 1881, remaining there until he came to Manitoba in April 1898. He became employed with the Vulcan Iron Work in July 1898, serving successively as Office Boy, Office Manager, Secretary-Treasurer, and Vice-President. In 1935, he succeeded Edward G. Barrett as President, holding the position until retirement in 1950. He served as President of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (1943-1944), President of the Manitoba Chamber of Mines, and Chairman of the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Manufacturers Association. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, and Carleton Club. He died at the Grace Hospital on 7 June 1965.


“J. D. McDonald new head of Vulcan Iron Works,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 February 1935, page 16.

“Injured in fall, J. D. McDonald sent to hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1954, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 9 June 1965. [Manitoba Biographical Scrapbook B14, page 27, Legislative Library of Manitoba]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 October 2015

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