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Memorable Manitobans: Oswald Morton McKay (1891-?)

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Oswald Morton McKay
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Farmer, municipal official.

Born on a farm in the Rural Municipality of Whitehead on 26 February 1891, son of Morton O. McKay and Elizabeth Dunn, he was educated at local schools and received a diploma from the Manitoba Agricultural College in Winnipeg. He worked a farm across the road from the homestead that his father established in 1881, working it until the late 1940s when he moved to Alexander and hired a man to tend the farm on his behalf. He married Mary Morden in October 1921. He served on the Whitehead municipal council from 1920 to 1936, and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Whitehead starting in 1936, having a reputation of never having missed a meeting in over 32 years. He also served on the Board of Brandon College, was President of the Lansdowne Liberal Association and Vice-President of the Brandon Liberal Association. He was a member of the Executive of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities from 1944 to 1949 when he was elected its Vice-President, then served as President in 1952 and 1953. In 1966 he was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Western Municipal News, February 1952, page 53.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 January 2015

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