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Memorable Manitobans: John Brownlee “Jock” Brown (1895-1989)

Farmer, businessman.

Born at Hamilton, Scotland on 12 February 1895, he emigrated to Manitoba in 1912, eventually establishing a farm at Cartwright, where he lived until 1943 when he moved to Winnipeg. There, he was President and General Manager of Canadian Co-Operative Implements Limited, a company owned by farmers, with operations throughout the Prairie Provinces and part of British Columbia. A lifelong socialist, he had a long-time connection with farmers’ organizations and cooperative movements, especially the Manitoba Wheat Pool. He was also a member of the CCF from its inception, the first President of the Manitoba Farmer’s section of the Party and its candidate in Marquette in 1935. He was instrumental in establishing the first municipal doctor scheme in Manitoba at Cartwright. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 25 March 1989.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1989, page 33.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 22 May 2017

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