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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Waddell (1883-1964)

Railway agent, municipal official.

Born at Harriston, Ontario on 4 May 1883, son of John Waddell (1839-?) and Jessie R. Duff (1844-?), he moved west, residing at Portage la Prairie before settling in Beausejour. He worked briefly as a telegrapher for the Canadian National Railway prior to taking employment with the Canadian Pacific Railway as the Station Agent at Ignace, Ontario, and later in Portage la Prairie. He also served as the Mayor of Beausejour (1927-1930, 1932, 1934-1937). He was a charter member and President (1934-1935) of the Beausejour Curling Club, Secretary of the St. Paul’s United Church and Beausejour Scouts, Chairman of the Victory Loan Drive, as well as both School Trustee and Chairman of the Beausejour School District. On 9 June 1913, he married Myrtle Estella Burrows (c1890-?) at Winnipeg and they had four children: Alex Duff Waddell (b 1914), William B. “Bill” Waddell (b 1915), John Burrows Waddell (1915-1942), and Doreen Waddell. His hobbies included hockey and baseball. He later moved to Sidney, British Columbia where died at Rest Haven Hospital on 17 September 1964.

Sources:

1891, 1901, 1911, 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives of Canada.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Second World War Dad, 1939-1947, Library and Archives of Canada.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1964, page 34.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba; 1875-1981 by the Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee, 1982.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 March 2014

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