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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Wilke Toshack (1859-1943)

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Robert W. Toshack
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Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Arnprior, Ontario on 24 November 1859, the son of Scottish parents, he worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway and traveled west in 1880. He settled at Old Kildonan, a mile north of John Black School, on the east side of McPhillips Street, and farmed in the Middlechurch area. He became active in municipal leadership and served as a Councillor of Kildonan (1913-1914) and West Kildonan, and was Reeve of Old Kildonan (1922-1935). He was a 60-year member of the IOOF. He died, unmarried, at Winnipeg on 13 May 1943 and was buried in Old Kildonan Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Kildonan municipal season open,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 October 1913, page 20.

“Reeve Robert Toshack,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 7 December 1922, page 11.

“By H. J. Gray,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1938, page 2.

“Robert Wilke Toshack dies Thursday, age 83,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1943, page 2.

“News briefs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 May 1943, page 14.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 December 2014

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