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Memorable Manitobans: John Paxton (1903-1990)

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John Paxton
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Dairyman, municipal official.

Born at Cardiff, Wales on 10 April 1903, of Scottish parents, he spent his early years in Kircudbrightshire, Scotland where he was educated and continued it at the Technical School at Birmingham, England. In 1926, he came to Canada and, after studying at the Manitoba Agricultural College, was employed by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in the cream grading service. In March 1932, he purchased the Gladstone Creamery, modernizing it with new equipment in 1943. He was a life member of the Manitoba Dairy Association, a director of the National Dairy Council and the chairman of the Milk Control Board of Manitoba.

On 24 June 1933, he married Eleanor Ada Fraser (1904-1998), assistant principal of the Gladstone High School, and they had a daughter. He was elected to the Gladstone town council in 1935 and served there until 1946 when he became the Mayor of Gladstone. He was a delegate at the founding meeting of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities, and served as its President in 1959.

He died at Winnipeg on 19 May 1990.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, February 1959, page 44.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1990, page 41.

Obituary [Eleanor Ada Paxton], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1998, page 17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 October 2019

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