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Memorable Manitobans: John Matheson Bannerman (1870-1924)

Railwayman, policeman.

Born at Poplar Point, Manitoba on 16 July 1870, he spent his early youth at Poplar Point then his family moved to a homestead at Kildonan where Kildonan Park is now situated. In 1901 he was appointed timekeeper for the police department of the Canadian Northern Railway [later Canadian National Railway]. He held the position for a year, then becoming baggage and stationmaster of the original Union station. When the Union was rebuilt in 1914, he became its first stationmaster. In 1913 he became chief special agent in the police department of the railway and, in 1916, he became chief special agent. In 1923 he was promoted to superintendent of investigation.

He had two sons: Ross and Ronald. He was a member of the Masons, the Canadian Club, the Lord Selkirk Association, the Maccabee Lodge, the Chief Constables Association of Canada, the Norwood Recreation Club, and the Norwood Presbyterian Church.

He died on 8 May 1924 at the St. Boniface Hospital, following an operation for tubercular peritonitis. He was buried in the Kildonan Cemetery.


“J. M. Bannerman, Veteran Rail Man, Is Dead” Undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 8 March 2009

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