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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Hector McIntyre (1857-?)

Jeweller, optometrist.

Born at Fergus, Ontario, 10 June 1857. Son of Archibald Hunter McIntyre and Marion Pringle. In 1887, Mr. McIntyre married Mrs. Thomas Garland, widow of the late Thomas Garland of Portage la Prairie, who was the mother of two children, Walter Edward and Ella Eunice, by her first husband. After the death of Mrs. McIntyre in 1899 Mr. McIntyre married Miss Susie Cameron of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, who had come to Manitoba in 1881. Was educated at Fergus, Ontario. McIntyre family came to Canada and settled in Hamilton; Mr. McIntyre’s father was a ship’s carpenter; worked on the old suspension bridge at Niagara; moved to Fergus and became one of the pioneer millwrights of that town. A. H. McIntyre learned the watchmaking trade with George D. Pringle of Guelph (1874); afterwards worked in Toronto, Orillia; came to Portage la Prairie in 1881, worked for H. J. Woodside; in 1882, started business for himself in partnership with Mr. Davidson (4 years); in 1886, purchased partner’s interest and has since conducted the business alone; one of Portage la Prairie’s pioneer business men. Has been a member of St. Andrew’s Society for many years, an ex Vice-President of it. Member of “The Old Timers’ Association,” twice President. Member of the Board of Trade, Boosters’ Club; takes a keen interest in music; has sung in Knox Church Choir, for 43 years. Presbyterian. Conservative. Address, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

He was a founding member of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists.


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

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 August 2011

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