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Memorable Manitobans: John Muirhead (1877-1954)

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John Muirhead
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Farmer, MLA (1922-1927), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1932-1936).

Born at Clinton, Ontario on 11 July 1877, son of Thomas Muirhead and Anne Cooper, he was educated at local public schools. He came to Manitoba and farmed near Harte until retirement to Carberry in 1946.

He served as a trustee for the Montrose School District, assessor for the Rural Municipality of North Cypress, President of the Harte local of the United Farmers of Manitoba., a director of the Carberry Agricultural Society, and President of the Fox Memorial Hospital Board. He was an early member of the Manitoba Wheat Pool. Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1922 general election, he was re-elected in 1927 and 1932 but defeated in 1936 and 1941.

On 6 December 1906, he married Lucy Ellen Dunfield (1882-1956, daughter of James Dunfield of Portage la Prairie). They had four children: Marjorie May Muirhead (1909-1995, wife of Clare Joseph Williams), Francis Gordon Muirhead (1912-1994), Laura Evelyn Muirhead (1915-2000, wife of George De Pape), and George Arthur Muirhead (1916-1980). He was a member of the Orange Order (Fairview Lodge), Carberry United Church, and Carberry Game and Fish Association (President, six years).

He died at Carberry on 22 January 1954 and was buried in the Carberry Plains Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1925.

“John Muirhead former MLA dies at Carberry,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 January 1954, page 6.

Obituary [George A. Muirhead], Brandon Sun, 6 June 1980, page 17.

Obituary [F. Gordon Muirhead], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1994, page 53.

Obituary [Marjorie May Williams], Brandon Sun, 22 April 1995, page 12.

Obituary [Laura Evelyn De Pape], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 2000.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2022

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