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Memorable Manitobans: John Blair (1854-?)

Farmer, postmaster.

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 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 at Hartney in 1897 and served until 1906.

In 1895, he married Minnie Stein (1863-?) of Lanark County, Ontario. They had eight children: William John Blair (1887-?), Myrtle M, Blair (1889-?), Essie F. Blair (1891-?), Florence Blair (?-?), Oliver Mowat Blair (1894-?), Allan Kenneth Blair (1897-?), Bertha Blair (?-?), and Isabel Blair (?-?). He was a member of the IOOF and Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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: 24 October 2020

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