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Memorable Manitobans: John George Louis LeMottee Armit (1875-1955)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at London, England on 11 March 1875, son of Armedie Armit and Mary Ann Sykes, he came to Canada with his widowed mother in 1882 and homesteaded near Fort Ellice. In 1898, their log cabin was destroyed in a fire while they were absent. Soon after they returned to England where he worked as a draftsman. On 15 June 1899, he married Sarah Kate Duckering (1875-1951) and they had three children: Phyllis Armit (1901-?), John Charles Louis LeMottee Armit (1904-1910), and Louis LeMottee Armit (1912-1970). In November 1912, the family emigrated to Canada and settled at Foxwarren.

He bought a hardware store which he operated until it was destroyed in the “Big Fire” of 1 May 1928 that affected much of the town’s business district. He then worked in insurance until 1939 when he became Municipal Clerk for the Village of Foxwarren, a position he held until his death. He also was a Justice of the Peace, Mayor of Foxwarren (1921-1922), and a Police Magistrate. He was a member of Westminster United Church, where he was Sunday School Superintendent, served on the Provincial Board of Directors for the Manitoba Red Cross, and was a Vice-President of the Red Cross.

He died at Foxwarren on 1 July 1955 and was buried in the Foxwarren Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Foxwarren War Memorial (Foxwarren, RM of Birtle)

Sources:

The Fox’s Tale: The History of Foxwarren and the Consolidated School District #525 by Foxwarren and District History Book Committee, edited by Ruth McNarry Meldrum, 1989.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 November 2014

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