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Memorable Manitobans: James Graham Cheyne (1861-1912)

Grain dealer.

Born in Ontario on 1 May 1861, one of two sons born to George Cheyne and Jane Graham, he lived on the family farm until 1882, when he came to Manitoba and took up a farm near Lauder. He worked on it for 17 years, moving in 1901 to Melita where he built a warehouse that he later turned into a grain elevator. He later worked in the grocery and fruit business until selling out in 1910 and going into the grain business. He held a seat on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. On 23 March 1887, he married Clarissa Hamilton (1860-1944) and they had a son, James Hamilton Gordon Cheyne (1888-1970). He served as Mayor of Melita in 1906. He died at Killarney on 28 August 1912 and was buried in the Melita Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [James Hamilton Gordon Cheyne], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1970, page 28.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 June 2019

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