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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Morrison (1862-1935)

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Donald Morrison
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Grain merchant.

Born at Habost, Ness, Island of Lewis, Scotland on 22 October 1862, he came to Winnipeg initially in 1881 and became a permanent resident in 1905. He was President of the Donald Morrison and Company, and the Beaver Elevator Company; Vice-President and Director of the Western Terminal Elevator Company, Director of the Western Grain Company and Winnipeg Grain Exchange Clearing House Association, and was identified with the Taylor Milling and Elevator Company (Lethbridge, Alberta) and the Traders Building Association of Winnipeg.

On 14 April 1887, he married Johanna Murray (1864-1936) at Buffalo, New York. They had six children: Kenneth A. Morrison (1888-?), Donald J. Morrison (1889-?), Margaret Morrison (1895-?), Angus M. Morrison (1898-?), Catherine H. Morrison (1902-?), and Mary Morrison (1904-?). He was a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange (President, 1911-1912), Calgary Grain Exchange, Winnipeg Board of Trade, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg, Gaelic Society of Winnipeg, St. Charles Country Club, Strathcona Curling Club, Masons (Assiniboine Lodge), and Presbyterian church. In 1911, he lived at 747 McMillan Avenue.

He died of a heart attack at his Winnipeg home, 225 Dromore Avenue, on 22 March 1935 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Craig House (225 Dromore Avenue, Winnipeg)


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former Grain Exchange head dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 March 1935, page 3.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 November 2019

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