Merchant, municipal official, realtor.
Born at Bervie, Ontario on 10 May 1860, he came to Manitoba in 1882 and settled at Selkirk, opening a store, and serving as a councillor and Mayor (1893-1895). He was one of the founders of the Dynevor Indian Hospital, serving as its Secretary for 20 years. Active in Liberal politics, he was President of the Selkirk Liberal Association for many years. He later moved to Winnipeg where he worked in real estate.
He was one of the founders of the Young Men’s Christian Association and was an active Mason (Lisgar Lodge), serving as Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, and a member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. He and wife Emily Sophia Clark (1865-1937) had two daughters: Ainslie St. Clair Dagg (1892-1918) and Alexandra Elizabeth Fern Dagg (1896-1977, wife of Robert Elias Lee).
He died at Meaford, Ontario on 3 November 1929 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dagg House (39 West Gate, Winnipeg)
Birth registration [Ainslie Sinclair Dagg, Alexandra Elizabeth Fern Dagg], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Ainslie Dagg dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 December 1918, page 5.
“James G. Dagg, former Selkirk Mayor, is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1929, page 14.
Obituary [Alexandra Elizabeth Fern Lee], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1977, page 71.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank David Lee for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 November 2022
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