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Memorable Manitobans: William Waugh (1866-1947)

Dairyman, municipal official.

Born at Melrose, Scotland on 9 May 1866, son of Richard Waugh and Janet Deans, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and worked for milk dealer Duncan McDonald. In 1900, he moved to Harperville, Manitoba where he farmed for several years, later moving to the vicinity of Bird’s Hill where he spent 50 years and was a prominent dairyman. His barn in the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul, still existing as of 2012, was built during the Great Depression of the 1930s to replace an earlier one. It has “Hillview” painted on the roof because one could see Bird’s Hill from it. He delivered milk to Winnipeg from 1910 until his death. In January 1946, he was made a Life Member of the Manitoba Dairy Association.

He was married twice, first to Isabella McDonald (1867-1914), on 14 March 1894. They had two children: Richard James Waugh (b 1895) and Jessie Mary Ann Waugh (b 1895, wife of J. M. Chudleigh). On 8 October 1918, he married Jessie Jane Perry Bowes and they had a son, William Waugh Jr. Waugh Sr. served on East St. Paul municipal council from 1914 to 1925, and also was a member of the Bird’s Hill School Board.

He died at his home on 20 March 1947 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery. He is commemorated by Waugh Road in the RM of East St. Paul.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“William Waugh, dairyman, dies”, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1947, page 21.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1947, page 21.

We thank Fran Howard for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2012

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