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Memorable Manitobans: James Roy McPhail (1889-1971)

Farmer, farm agency executive.

Born at Acton, Ontario in 1889, he came to Manitoba in 1901, and settled with his family on a farm near Brandon. He purchased his own land in 1910 and farmed until 1927, when he became President of the Manitoba Cooperative Livestock Producers Limited. In 1932 he became chairman of the provisional board of the Canadian Livestock Cooperative (Western) Limited. In 1933-1934, he was President of the United Farmers of Manitoba, and from 1937 he served as managing secretary of the Canadian Livestock Sales Agency. He was chairman of the Milk Control Board from 1941 to 1961.

On 1 January 1917, he married Christena Olive Grant (?-1967) and they had two sons and two daughtrs.

He died at San Diego, California on 27 January 1971 and was buried in the Zion Cemetery. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 April 2022

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