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Memorable Manitobans: John Blair (1854-?)


He was born in Carlton County, Ontario on 27 August 1854, son of William Blair and Elizabeth McCallum. He worked on his home farm until 1882 when he emigrated to Brandon, Manitoba and took up a homestead four miles from where the town of Hartney was later established. In 1891, he gave up his farm and moved into Hartney and engaged in a livery and agricultural implements business. He was appointed postmaster in 1897.

In 1895 he married Minnie Stein of Lanark County, Ontario. They had eight children: William John Blair, Myrtle Blair, Essie Blair, Florence Blair, Oliver Mowat Blair, Allan Kenneth Blair, Bertha Blair, and Isabel Blair. He was a member of the IOOF and Ancient Order of United Workmen.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2008

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