Memorable Manitobans: Mary Ann “Annie” Doak (1855-1948)
Born at Thornhill, Ontario on 20 December 1855, she came to Manitoba with her husband George J. Doak (1850-1915) where they homesteaded in the Meadowlea district. The couple later opened up the Atwell post office and store. In 1909, she and her family moved to Warren where they continued storekeeping and farming. Children included Edith Doak (b ?), Bertram George Doak (b 1884), Lena Richards Doak (b 1888), John Henry Doak (b 1890), Emily Merke Doak (b 1892, wife of Albert Pogue), Fannie Evelyn Doak (b 1895), and Leslie Richard Doak (b 1898). She was a lifelong member of the Warren United Church and honorary President of the Warren Ladies’ Aid. She was known to be active in her local community and was an advocate for education. She died at Winnipeg on 14 April 1948 and was buried in Meadowlea Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Mrs. Annie Doak,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 April 1948, page 30.
“Manitoba pioneer Mrs. G. J. Doak, 92, buried Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 16]
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Joan Hunter for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 December 2016