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Memorable Manitobans: Roland McDonald (1850-1938)

Farmer, businessman.

Born near Cornwall, Ontario on 23 February 1850, he moved with his family to the Collingwood area around 1864. He began working on steamboats on the Great Lakes in 1872 before arriving in Manitoba in June 1879 and establishing a farm in the vicinity of what would later be the town of Roland (which was named in his honour). He operated a lumber yard at Roland from 1889 to 1901, and built a general store as a branch of one at Morris, but it was destroyed by fire. In 1880, he married Mary Loree (1858-1936, daughter of John H. Loree). He served as Reeve for the Municipality of South Dufferin (1886-1890). He was a member of the Roland Presbyterian Church. He retired to Victoria, British Columbia in 1908 but returned to Roland in 1931. He died there on 29 November 1938 and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Roland & Myrtle Family Histories, c1990, page 196.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2017

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