Memorable Manitobans: John McLean (c1886-1953)
Baker, municipal official.
Born in Scotland around 1886, he and his wife, Annie Johnson (c1889-1962), had four children: John McLean (c1910-?), Annie Fairburn McLean (1912-?, wife of Thomas “Tom” Houston), Jean McLean (1922-2011, wife of August Sigudur “Gus” Fischer), and James “Jim” McLean. The couple, then with one son, immigrated to Canada around 1911 and settled initially at Winnipeg. He enlisted for military service during the First World War. After his military discharge, they moved to 1865 William Avenue in the Municipality of Rosser, a portion of which shortly thereafter became the Village of Brooklands. There he worked at Speirs-Parnell Bakeries (formerly Milton’s Bakery, now Weston Bakeries Limited) for many years. He was active in the community as President of the Brooklands-Weston Canadian Legion and Mayor of Brooklands (1926-1930). He was a Labour candidate in the 1932 provincial general election but was defeated by Ralph Webb. He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 22 October 1953 and was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Fisher [sic] - McLean,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1942, page 10.
“Former Mayor of Brooklands, John McLean, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1953, page 42.
Obituary [Mrs. Annie McLean], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1962, page 23.
Winnipeg estate file 1735/62, Annie McLean, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [August Fischer], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1970, page 26.
“Winnipeg 100: From Milton to Weston,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1974, page 55.
Obituary [Jean Fischer], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 2011, page C8.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 5 March 2017
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