Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Doig (1856-1939)
Hardware merchant, farmer, MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899).
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 18 March 1856, son of Andrew and Ann Doig, he worked as a hardware merchant and was Reeve of Bolton, Ontario. He came to Manitoba around 1894 and set up a hardware business at Glenboro. He also farmed in the vicinity.
On 28 February 1877, he married Phoebe Adelaide Wilcox (1857-1936) of Meaford, Ontario and they had six children: Gertrude M. Doig (1879-?), Cora B. Doig (1880-?), Reginald Henry Doig (1881-?), Frederick R. Doig (1884-?), Bertha Luella “Lulu” Doig (1889-?, wife of John Martin), and Marion Winnifred “Winnie” Doig (1892-?). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature representing the Cypress constituency in 1892 and 1896 but was defeated in 1899. Known as the “father of curling” in Glenboro, he was an honorary life member of the Manitoba Curling Association, and a member of the Glenboro Masonic Lodge.
He died at Glenboro on 2 May 1939 and was buried in the Glenboro Cemetery.
1881 and 1891 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Biographical profile, Manitoba Free Press, 16 March 1899, page 12.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Alfred Doig dies in 84th year at Glenboro home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 1939.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 January 2021