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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Charles McFee (1866-1947)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Northfield, Minnesota on 28 August 1866, he moved to Quebec with his father. He married Catherine Adelia McNaughton (1870-1949) on 2 October 1893 at Hemmingford, Quebec with whom he would have five children: Hazel Frances McFee, Doris Jane McFee (1898-1987, wife of Albert William “Bert” Davie), Andrea Donalda Isabela McFee (1903-1986, wife of John George Wright), Elizabeth Margaret “Bessie” McFee (1905-1961, wife of Frederick Clarence McNaughton), and Donald Douglas McFee (1916-2010). He returned to Minnesota in the spring of 1881, farming and engaging in business dealings around Pipestone, Minnesota in 1885. He later moved to Clear Lake, South Dakota.

He and his family immigrated to Canada in 1902, settling in Saskatchewan, where he had business interests at Carlyle (1904). They soon moved again before relocating to Manitoba (1906) and taking up residence at 101 Horace Street in St. Boniface, where he would serve as an Alderman on St. Boniface city council (1913-1914). His business pursuits were varied, including real estate and the management of mining companies, including a principal stake in the Spiro Mining Company and President (1913) of the Crescent Copper Mining Company. He also worked as a manufacturers’ agent (1935), as Winnipeg’s representative of Rex Tailoring Company of Toronto, Ontario and Best Rain & Sports Coat Company of Outremont, Quebec.

He was a member of the United Empire Loyalists, the Norwood chapter of the Masonic Lodge, and wrote several letters to the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. At the time of his death, resided at 235 Eugenie Street. He died at Winnipeg on 24 January 1947 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, South Dakota Department of Health.

1906 and 1921 Canada censes, Ancestry.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives of Canada.

“Local notes,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 July 1910, page 3.

“Winnipeg mining men develop their holdings,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 May 1913, page 31.

“Wright-McFee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1934, page 10.

“McNaughton-McFee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1934, page 8.

“Manufacturers’ agents,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1935, page 32.

“Change in system of government urged,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1938, page 12.

“No more labor disputes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1946, page 3.

“Birthdays,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1946, page 13.

“Former St. Boniface Council member dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1947, page 6.

Obituary [Donald C. McFee], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1947, page 15.

Notice to creditors, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 1947, page 27.

“Mrs D. C. McPhee dies in Norwood,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1949, page 20.

Obituary [Elizabeth Margaret McNaughton], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1961, page 30.

Obituary [Doris Jane Davie], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1987, page 41.

Race-Mackey families tree, Ancestry.

McEwen family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 April 2014

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