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Memorable Manitobans: Howard Douglas McLaughlin (1878-1949)

Grain merchant.

Born at St. John, New Brunswick in 1878, he was educated at Fredericton before leaving home in 1898 to work for his brother Walter in a grain merchant at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He came to Winnipeg in 1902 and established the grain firm of McLaughlin & Ellis in partnership with A. B. Ellis, which later became the McLaughlin Line Elevators Company. It owned and operated 25 grain elevators in Manitoba and another 20 elevators in the United States as the American Grain Company, in which he was Assistant Secretary. A member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange from 1903 to 1928, he sold his interest in McLaughlin Line Elevators in 1928. The following year he established the Winnipeg-based firm Western Gypsum Products Limited, serving as its President until his death.

On 6 June 1906, he married Eunice Emily Andrews (1884-1978), daughter of George A. Andrews. They had five children: Alfred F. McLaughlin (1908-?), Daniel John “Jack” McLaughlin (1909-?), Thomas Avery C. “Tom” McLaughlin (1912-?), Ann McLaughlin Paquet (c1915-1937), and Jean McLaughlin (1924-2009, wife of John Woodrowe Paul). The family lived at 105 Academy Road, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Elks, Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, Lake of the Woods Yacht Club, St. Charles Country Club, and St. George’s Anglican Church.

He died at Toronto, Ontario on 19 April 1949 during a visit there.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. Ann Paquet dies at Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1937, page 8.

“H. McLaughlin dies in Toronto,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 April 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 97]

“Western Gypsum President dies on Toronto visit,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1949, page 24.

Obituary [Eunice Emily McLaughlin], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1978, page 172.

Death registration [Ann McLaughlin Paquet], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

We thank Elsie Paul for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 7 May 2017

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