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Memorable Manitobans: John Allan McPherson (1855-1944)


Born at Mount Pleasant, Ontario on 28 December 1855, son of Donald and Catherine McPherson, he came to Winnipeg in 1878 and later spent three years near Rat Portage [now Kenora], Ontario on Canadian Pacific Railway construction. He went to Edmonton via ox cart in 1881 and homesteaded. He served as a Director of the Edmonton Exhibition Association since 1901, Director of the Stoney Plain Creamery Association since 1906, was a member of the local school board since 1895, and postmaster of Spruce Grove since 1897. He was a Justice of Peace from 1890 to 1895. He was elected to the Alberta Legislature for Stoney Plain at the 1905 general, being re-elected in 1909. In 1894, he married Christina Hodel. They had five sons and one daughter. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 26 December 1944.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

We thank Mike Crosby for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 January 2011

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