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Memorable Manitobans: Findlay William McKinnon (1879-1957)

Cleric, administrator.

Born in Bruce County, Ontario on 18 June 1879, son of Hugh McKinnon and Ann McDonald, he came to Manitoba with his family and settled on a farm near Brandon. Around 1910, he moved to West Kildonan where he served on the Centennial School Board and was pastor of the West Kildonan Baptist Church. On 1 September 1914, he married Velma Victoria Morrow (1892-?) and they subsequently had four children. In December 1915, he was appointed Chaplain and Superintendent of the Industrial Training School at Portage la Prairie, holding the position until 1923. His wife served as Matron at the facility. The family moved to British Columbia in 1923 where he continued his Baptist ministry at the Victoria-Douglas Street Church. He died at Victoria on 13 December 1957. He was buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park at Saanich.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“West Kildonan notes,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 December 1915, page 44.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Rootsweb, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2013

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