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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Herbert Muir (1868-1954)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Omemee, Ontario on 5 May 1868, son of William Thomas Muir, he came to Manitoba and, on 8 March 1893, married Sarah Anne Brown (?-?) at Portage la Prairie. They had five children: Opal Muir (1895-?), Neil H. Muir (1900-?), Dora Muir (1907-?), Bertha Muir (1909-?), and Sara Elizabeth Muir (1911-?).

He was a municipal councillor in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie from 1909 to 1914 when he became a Reeve and held that post until 1922. He ran three times for election to the Manitoba Legislature, representing the Lakeside constituency, but was defeated in 1920 and 1921 by C. D. McPherson, and once by D. L. Campbell. He served as a member of the board and President for the Portage Mutual Insurance Company and was a Director of the Manitoba Shorthorn Club, Director of the Manitoba Cattle Breeders Association, honorary life director of the Portage Fair Board, past director of the Plowing Match Association, and superintendent of the Brandon Spring Cattle Show.

He died at Portage la Prairie on 25 July 1954 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Tread of the Pioneers, written and edited by Joseph H. Metcalfe and published by the Portage la Prairie and District Old Timers’ Association, 1932.

“Former head of Mutual, Reeve, E. H. Muir dies,” Portage la Prairie Leader, 29 July 1954, page 2.

A Century of Service, 1884-1984: The Portage Mutual Insurance Company (1984).

We thank Helen Gillespie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 July 2019

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