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Memorable Manitobans: George Darling Shortreed (1870-1940)

Educator, physician.

Born at Walton, Ontario in November 1870, he attended the Seaforth High School and the Normal School at Kenton and Ontario before coming to Manitoba and teaching at Melita School and Brandon. In 1898 he enrolled in the Manitoba Medical College at Winnipeg and graduated in 1901. He practiced medicine at Melita until 1902 then he moved to Grandview where he remained for the rest of his life. He served for several years on the local school board and town council. He was the Mayor of Grandview from 1927 to 1932, President of the Grandview Board of Trade (1929-1932), and President of the Manitoba Medical Association (1918-1919). He was a Liberal or Liberal-Progressive candidate in the 1914, 1922, and 1936 provincial general elections. In 1927 he built the Grandview Hospital which he owned and operated until his death. He died of a heart attack at Grandview on 13 March 1940, survived by his widow and five children: Walter Shortreed, Thomas Shortreed, Blain Shortreed, Ella Shortreed, and Margaret Shortreed. He was buried in the Grandview Cemetery.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Dr. Shortreed, of Grandview, dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 June 2018

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