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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Borland McElrea (1893-1957)


Born at Sidney on 12 January 1893, son of John McElrea and Jennie Allan, he was educated at the Sidney Public School, Carleton High School, and Palmer School of Chiropractic. He began a chiropractic practice in 1911. During the First World War, he saw military service overseas from 1916 to 1919. On 5 April 1920, he married Euphemia Hazel McNeish (1895-1980) and they had five children: William Gerald “Joe” McElrea (?-1979), John Borland “Jack” McElrea (1922-1994), Shirley Ann McElrea (?-2000, wife of Lou Therrien), Robert Edward “Bob” McElrea, and Douglas Ramsay “Doug” McElrea (1931-2016). In 1925, the family lived at 164 Simcoe Street, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and his recreations included hockey, baseball, tennis, and hunting. He died at Winnipeg on 3 September 1957 and was buried in the military plot of Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1957, page 24.

Obituary [William G. McElrea], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1979, page 81.

Obituary [Hazel McElrea], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1980, page 39.

Obituary [John McElrea], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1994, page 30.

Obituary [Shirley Ann Therrien], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 2000.

Obituary [Douglas Ramsay McElrea], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 2016.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Colin McElrea, Mike McElrea, and David McElrea for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 September 2020

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