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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Ogletree (1826-1916)

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Francis Ogletree
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Farmer, politician.

Born at Cork, Ireland on 4 April 1826, son of Michael and Annabella Scott Ogletree, in 1830 his father brought the family out to Grenville County, Upper Canada [now Ontario]. He was educated at Brockville. 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 (1869­1870) 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 on 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 and they had twelve children, including Henry Ogletree. After her death he married her sister, Mary McLarty (1836-1927). He died at Portage la Prairie on 25 December 1916 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.


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.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 April 2020

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