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Memorable Manitobans: James Munroe (1851-1927)

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James Munroe
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Farmer, travelling salesman.

Born in Manitoba on 27 March 1851, one of nine children of Robert Munroe and Christina Fraser, he attended St. John’s School and Manitoba College then returned to work on the family farm. He later farmed on 4-11-4E in Transcona, for 22 years, later spending 12 years farming at High Bluff. In 1900 he returned to Winnipeg to work as a travelling salesman for the firm of Frost and Wood.

On 18 June 1879, he married Martha Annie Brown (1858-1930). They had four children: Anne Winnifred Marion Munroe (1884-1956, wife of Robert Alexander Gillespie), Robert Nelson Munroe (1889-1955, husband of Alma Scott), Nina Fraser “Alix” Munroe (1894-1974, wife of George Thomas Lewis), and Barbara Lillian Munroe (1905-1914). He was President of the North Winnipeg Conservative Society, served on the municipal council, and the local school board. He was a district license inspector. He was a member of the Masons since 1874 and was Master of his lodge. In 1905, he lived at 89 Cathedral Street, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 April 1927 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Jim Busby for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 June 2020

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