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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Livingston Shanks (1865-1931)

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Born at Huntingdon, Quebec on 12 June 1865, son of Daniel Shanks and Henrietta Bradford, he was educated at Huntingdon Academy and McGill University, graduating MD from the latter institution in 1889. He practiced in Montreal for three years, lectured in Bishop’s College for two years, then was attending physician to the Hervey Institute and House of Refuge at Long Point. He moved to Manitoba in December 1892, taking up the practice of Dr. McConnell at Morden. He was physician to a number of societies and insurance companies, and health officer of the Municipality of Lorne. He lived at Miami. Later, he served as a Captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and, still later, as medical officer to the Hudson Bay Railway. On 21 May 1896, he married Harriet Luella “Hattie” Foster (1875-1921) at Brandon. He died near Mile 114 of the Hudson Bay Railway on 24 January 1931, probably due to exposure.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Co., Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Thinks Dr. Shanks died from exposure,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1931, page 3.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 December 2018

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