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Memorable Manitobans: James Chester “Jim” Scott (1908-1981)

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James Chester Scott
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Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Cypress River on 21 April 1908, son of James Walter Scott (1862-1927) and Elizabeth Ann English (1868-1946), he attended Treherne School and Greenway School. He moved to the McConnell area with his family in November 1927 and settled on a farm at NE6-15-22W. He later took over the operation of the family farm. On 12 June 1931, he married Floretta Merle Richardson (1906-1967) at Hamiota and they had six children. After his wife’s death, he re-married to Jean Smith (?-?) in 1968. He was councilor (1946-1953) and Reeve (1953-1971) of the Rural Municipality of Blanshard. He served with the Union of Manitoba Municipalities, as its President (1964-1965) and Secretary-Treasurer (1967-1976). He was a charter member of the McConnell Pool Elevator Association and was a member of McConnell United Church, McConnell School Board, and Hamiota Hospital Board. He played and managed McConnell baseball teams from the 1930s to 1950s. He was a Liberal-Progressive candidate for the Hamiota constituency in the 1959 provincial general election but was defeated in a close race by incumbent Barry Strickland. In 1967, in recognition of his community service, he received the Centennial Medal. He died on 20 May 1981 and was buried in the Hamiota Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

History of Blanshard Municipality, Volume 2, 1970, pages 496-497.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 27 May 1981, page 23.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2018

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