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Memorable Manitobans: George Rae Neil (1870-1915)

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George Neil
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Contractor, curler.

Born at Ayrshire, Scotland in December 1870, he came to Winnipeg in 1902 and established a contracting business. He built many of the houses in the area north of Burrows Avenue.

He and wife Euphemia McDougall (1873-?) had four children: Alex Neil (1895-?), Grace Neil (1897-?), Euphemia McDougall Currie Neil (1904-?, wife of Helmer Vilhelm Hagborg), and George Rae Neil (1907-?). Neil was one of the major promoters of Scottishness in Winnipeg, belonging to the Clan Stuart Scottish Society and the St. Andrew’s Society. Particularly active in curling, he was a member of the Thistle Curling Club and of the board of council of the Manitoba Curling Association. He was responsible for establishing the “Scottish Bonspiel” in 1907, in which, by 1913, 17 Scottish societies competed.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 378 College Avenue, on 19 August 1915 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Neil Apartments

573 Warsaw Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Sources:

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

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Geo. R. Neil dies of appendicitis,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 3.

“George Neil dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 August 1915, page 8.

“Funeral of G. A. Neil,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 August 1915, page 10.

“Hagborg - Neil,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 October 1926, page 9.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2021

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