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Manitoba Municipalities: Virden

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Virden was established in 1882 as a stopping point on the Canadian Pacific Railway as it moved west across the prairies. Initially known as Gopher Creek, for a creek that flowed into the Assiniboine River, its name was changed to Virden in 1883, for the country estate of the Duke of Manchester, who served on the CPR Board of Directors. Virden was incorporated as a Village on 2 August 1890, becoming a Town on 14 September 1904. Oil was discovered in its vicinity in 1957, making Virden the centre of Manitoba’s “oil patch”.

Mayors:

Term

Mayor

1890-1892

Robert Adamson (1852-?)

1893-1894

William James Kennedy (1857-1912)

1895-1896

B. F. Foster

1897

B. Meek

1898-1904

Duncan McDonald (1856-1920)

1905

Richard Langtry (1866-1954)

1906-1907

J. A. Blakeman

1908-1909

George Clingan (1868-1953)

1910-1911

James Robert Mullins (1864-1941)

1912

William A. Bridgett (1867-?)

1913

T. A. Carscadden

1914-1916

T. M. Mitchell

1917-1918

D. S. Carnahan

1919-1921

H. N. Thompson (?-1953)

1922

James Henderson Chalmers (1876-1942)

1923-1924

James Gardner

1925

James E. Rothnie (1885-?)

1926-1931

James Gardner

1932-1935

A. E. Higginbotham

1936-1941

George Gabel

1942-1947

H. N. Thompson (?-1953)

1948

R. J. Timms

1949

James Gardner

1950-1951

Clarence Moore (1884-1977)

1952-1953

H. N. Thompson (?-1953)

1954-1957

D. J. Reid

1958-1961

John Clifford Cory (1904-1971)

1962-1970

H. J. McNeill

1971-1975

Steven Hegion

1976-1977

Brian Archer

1978-1980

Allen Shepherd Case (c1928-2010)

1981-1986

W. Glen McKinnon

1987-1989

Richard Joseph “Rick” Plaisier (1948-2017)

1990-1993

W. Glen McKinnon

1994-1995

Darcy Cockbill

1996-1998

J. Richard Armstrong

1999-2001

David J. Reid

2002-2006

Stan Ward

2006-2010

Bruce Dunning

2010-?

Jeffrey McConnell

Historic Sites:

Go here for a list of historic sites in Virden.

Sources:

We thank Jeff McConnell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2017

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