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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Fairbairn McTavish (1851-1918)

Physician, municipal official.

Born in Ontario on 22 April 1851, son of Edward McTavish (1817-1900) and Elizabeth Fairbairn (1826-1906), he had been living in Iowa prior to his arrival in Manitoba in 1877. Settling at Morris, he practiced medicine there for 41 years with a specialty in the illnesses of women. He trained Mrs. A. E. Eidse, who lived near Rosenhoff, as a midwife and she subsequently delivered most of the Mennonite babies in that area. He served as the Mayor of Morris in 1885 and again in 1904, and was Town Clerk in 1897, 1905, and 1907. He petitioned the provincial government in 1895 to form the Morris Agricultural Society. He died at Winnipeg on 17 March 1918.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Cynthia Eichholz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 July 2013

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