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Memorable Manitobans: Reuben James Waugh (1875-1945)

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Reuben James Waugh
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Physician, MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Wiarton, Ontario on 30 January 1875, son of Joseph and Mary Waugh, he was educated at Wiarton Public and High Schools, graduating from the Trinity Medical College (Toronto) in 1902. He taught school in early life at Cape Crocker. He graduated and practised for a year at Bruce Mines then moved to Lion’s Head. He came to Carberry in 1903. He was a Member of the Canadian, Ontario, and Manitoba Medical Associations, and a Coroner for the Province of Manitoba.

On 19 June 1907, he married Katherine Potts (1883-1965) at Carberry. They had five children: James Perry Waugh (1908-?), John Allan “Jack” Waugh, Frances Harriett Waugh (1914-2014, wife of Gordon Fasken), George Albert Waugh (1919-1986), and Frederick P. Waugh (1923-2012). He was a member of the Carberry School Board for 35 years, and its Chair for several years. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for one term, in 1920, and was defeated in 1922, 1927, and 1932. He was Mayor of Carberry from 1938 to 1945. He was a member of the United Church and the AF & AM (Carberry Lodge).

He died at Carberry on 15 October 1945 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery. He is commemorated by R. J. Waugh School in Carberry.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. R. J. Waugh, Carberry, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1945, page 3.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, November 1945, page 318.

Obituary [George Waugh], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1986, page 24.

The People of the Big Plain: A History of the RM of North Cypress and the Town of Carberry, 2007, page 669.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Marcie Waugh for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2022

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