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Memorable Manitobans: James Archibald Shearer (1887-?)

Civil servant.

Born at Peterborough, Ontario on 11 December 1887, son of John Shearer (c1863-1910) and Nora Jane McGloughlin (1862-1940), the family came to Manitoba in 1901 and lived at Portage la Prairie until 1911 when they moved to Winnipeg. He later moved to Neepawa where he was the the District Registrar at the Neepawa Land Titles Office from 1919 to the 1940s. On 24 July 1920, he married Minnie Isabel Poole (c1889-1951) at Winnipeg. Active in the community, he served for 34 years on the Neepawa Parks Board and was President of the Neepawa and District Cancer Society (1967). In recognition of his service, in 1963 he was given a Golden Boy Award. His whereabouts after December 1970 are as yet unknown.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. John Shearer dies at Neepawa,” Russell Banner, 19 September 1940, page 1.

“Mrs. James Shearer buried at Neepawa,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1951, page 14.

“Good citizenship awards to 8 for achievements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1963, page 6.

“Heapy becomes a Golden Boy,” Brandon Sun, 12 November 1963, page 2.

“Cancer Society names officers,” Brandon Sun, 25 March 1967, page 15.

“Veteran Parks Board member honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1970, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 October 2014

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