Memorable Manitobans: James Keith Wye (1846-1928)
Born in Ontario on 22 March 1846, son of John Wye and Mary E. Joseph, he worked on the family farm until his father retired, after which he rented and operated the farm until he was 30. In 1876, he purchased 70 acres of land nearby and farmed it until moving to Simcoe, Ontario for two years. He returned to Brantford to work in a bank controlled by his brother-in-law. He moved to Manitoba in 1884, taking up a homestead on Section 22, Township 4, Range 18, farming it for 12 years. In 1896 he took a flock of sheep to St. Andrews and sold it at profit, then moving to Crane Lake, Saskatchewan where he managed a large sheep ranch. In 1897 he came to Morris, Manitoba where, three years later, he was appointed bailiff for the county court.
On 31 January 1872, he was married to Clara Augusta Muirhead. They had two children: Arthur Nelson Wye (1872-1890) and James Harold Wye. He was a member of the Masons (King Solomon Lodge No. 8) and the Episcopal church.
He died at the Ninette Sanatorium on 17 February 1928 and was buried in Morris Cemetery.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 18 February 1928, page 41.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 January 2013