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Memorable Manitobans: John Robertson Pitt (1885-1970)

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John Robertson Pitt
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Hardware merchant, builder and contractor, funeral director, MLA (1935-1936), MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953).

Born at Carluke, Ontario on 1 July 1885, son of James Pitt and Mary D. King, he was educated at Oneida Public & High Schools.

Arriving in Manitoba in 1901 as a temporary farm worker, he returned each of the next two years, finally settling in the Pierson district and going into the building and contracting business. He was responsible for construction of many of the homes in Tilston after the railway reached there in 1907.

On 17 December 1913, he married Isabelle Hardy (1896-1977, daughter of George Hardy of Aberdeen, Scotland) and they had three children: Kathleen Pitt (1915-1995, wife of Roy Mones), Grace Elizabeth Pitt (1916-?, wife of William Ewing Kenner), and John Hardy Pitt (1920-1977, husband of Doris Louise Craig). He was Chairman of the Pierson School Board (1918-1930) and a member of the AF & AM and IOOF.

He was acclaimed to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election in June 1935, and re-elected in 1936, acclaimed in 1941, elected in 1945 and 1949 general elections, but defeated in 1953.

He died on 4 October 1970 and was buried in the Pierson Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Grace Elizabeth Pitt, William Ewing, Kenner], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1938.

“Pitt-Craig vows made at Young,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1944, page 11.

“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 127]

Harvests of Time: A History of the R.M. of Edward, Pierson: R.M. of Edwards History Book Committee, circa 1983, page 593.

Obituary [Kathleen Mones], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1995, page 29.

Doris Louise Craig (1924-1981), Ancestry.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2022

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