Memorable Manitobans: John James Bird (1844-1933)
Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1892-1895).
Born in the Municipality of St. Paul in 1844, and educated at the old St. Andrew’s School, he helped to organize the Norwood School District in 1891, served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews (1892), and was elected MLA for Kildonan in 1892, being defeated by Hector Sutherland in the 1896 general election. In 1871, he married Margaret Peebles (1844-?) and they had six children: Mary L. Bird (1878-?, wife of ? Foster), Hannah Margaret Bird (1881-?, wife of George E. Patton), Charles C. Bird (1883-?), Frederick V. Bird, Walter Benjamin Bird (1888-?), and Rose Alice Bird (1890-?). He died at his farm near Petersfield on 2 January 1933 and was buried in the St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“John J. Bird, 88, pioneer, dies at farm home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 January 1933, page 13.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 September 2018
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