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Memorable Manitobans: John Allan (1874-1940)

Municipal official.

Born near Falkirk, Scotland, he emigrated to Canada with his wife, arriving in Winnipeg in 1904. Soon after, he joined the staff of the Winnipeg Parks Board, being appointed the boulevard supervisor in 1911. Under his supervision, most of the important scenic improvements in the streets and parks of the city took place. Two hundred miles of boulevards were laid out, 25,000 trees were planted, at a total cost estimated to be about $1,433,000. He was a member of the Masons (Ionic Lodge No. 25), Clan Stewart, the Scottish Curling Association, and the Winnipeg Kennel Club. He retired in September 1938 after 34 years with the Board. He died in Winnipeg on 15 May 1940.

Sources:

Western Municipal News, June 1940, page 155.

“John Allan Dies; Was With Parks Board 34 Years” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 May 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 94]

Page revised: 23 January 2009

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