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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Ogletree (1826-1916)

Click to enlargeFarmer, politician.

Born in Cork, Ireland on 4 April 1826, the son of Michael and Annabella Scott Ogletree, in 1830 his father brought the family out to Grenville County, Upper Canada. Francis was educated in Brockville, Upper Canada. He came to Manitoba in 1869 and bought land near Portage la Prairie, where he farmed for fourteen years. He was drill instructor during the Red River uprising (1869­70) and Police Magistrate for the town of Portage la Prairie. For 21 years he was Indian agent for the area. In 1871 he was appointed to the Legislative Council of Manitoba where he served until it was abolished, 4 February 1876. He was a member of the Manitoba Executive Council, without portfolio, from 8 July to 3 December 1874.

He married Janet McLarty of Scotland. They had twelve children, including Henry Ogletree. After her death he married her sister, Mary McLarty.

Ogletree died at Portage la Prairie on 25 December 1916.


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

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 17 August 2010

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