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Memorable Manitobans: John Pringle Young (1845-1918)

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John Pringle Young
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Businessman, municipal official.

Born on 8 April 1845, in Scotland, he came west in 1878, travelling a good part of the road from Ontario by foot, and resided in Portage la Prairie, where he set up a real estate business and general blacksmith shop. He served as Mayor of Portage la Prairie from 1888 to 1889. When he sold his blacksmith business he became Superintendent of the Home for the Aged and Infirm (Home for Incurables). He was subsequently Superintendent of the public park on Elk Island until his death.

On 17 February 1869, he married Ellen Richardson of Chatham, Ontario. They had five children: William A. Young, Margaret Young, Helen Young, John Young, and Robert Young. He was the organizer of the Odd Fellows in Manitoba and was known throughout Canada and in many parts of the United States as a prominent member of the organization. He was also a member of the Masonic Order.

He died at Portage la Prairie on 24 May 1918.


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

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2014

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