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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Menzies (1858-1940)


Born in Scotland on 16 June 1858, son of John Menzies (?-1902) and Grace Menzies (c1822-1890), brother of John Menzies, the family emigrated to Manitoba where Robert attended school, leaving at the age of 14 to work as a carpenter. He came to western Manitoba in the fall of 1878 and took up a homestead of what would later be known as Oakburn. On 9 February 1902, he married Clara Hamilton (?-1970) of Shoal Lake. They had five children: John H. Menzies, Robert Smiley Menzies (1905-1986), Grace E. Menzies, Florence Menzies (wife of Mr. Hunter), and Duncan S. Menzies. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 493 Craig Street, on 16 December 1940 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1940, page 18.

Obituary [Clara Letitia Menzies], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1970, page 32.

Obituary [Robert Smiley Menzies], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1986, page 22.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 April 2014

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