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Memorable Manitobans: William Reid Clubb (1884-1962)

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William Reid Clubb
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MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940).

Born on a farm near Morris on 7 October 1884, son of George Gardiner Clubb (1848-1936) and Alice Marie Jex (1853-1922), he was educated at local public schools, Manitoba Agricultural College, and University of Manitoba. He served as a member of the Morris Council (1916 to 1920), and was elected or acclaimed to the Manitoba Legislature for Morris in 1920, 1922, 1927, 1929, 1932, and 1936, including ministerial portfolios of Public Works (1922-1940), Public Utilities (1928-1929), and Labour (1932-1940). He was Commissioner of the Manitoba Liquor Control Board (1940-1956).

On 3 December 1913, he married Gertrude Barbara Kastner (1886-1977) and they had six children: Wilma Alice Kathleen Clubb (1916-2010, wife of John A. “Jack” Christie), Mina Marguerite Clubb (1919-2014, wife of R. H. “Harry” Sloan), Catherine Gertrude Clubb (1921-2000, wife of James Rosslyn “Jim” Mitchell, son of R. Ross Mitchell), William Garth “Bill” Clubb (1921-1979), George Clubb (1924-1926), and Shirley Edyth Clubb (1927-2011, wife of R. G. Martin).

He was a member of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, Morris Masonic Lodge, Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, Fellowship Club, Motor Country Club, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Granite Curling Club (President, 1943-1944), and St. George’s Anglican Church. He was made an Honorary President and Life Member of the Manitoba Curling Association (President, 1936-1937), Life Member of the Winnipeg Flying Club, Life Member of the Manitoba Good Roads Association, and member of the Manitoba Game and Fish Association, Morris Agricultural Society, and Whittles Point Gun Club.

He died at Morris on 11 August 1962 and was buried in the Morris Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 1043 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg. A collection of his records during the period of 1922 to 1940 is held by the Archives of Manitoba.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Trans-Canada Highway Monument (Eastern Manitoba)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clubb House (RM of Morris)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Concrete Beam Bridge No. 1061 (Clubb Coulee, RM of Montcalm)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“William R. Clubb,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 1962, page 20.

Obituary [William Garth Clubb], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1979, page 27.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Obituary, Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B13, pages 12-13.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituary [Catherine Gertrude Mitchell], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 2000.

Obituary [Wilma Alice Kathleen Christie], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 2010.

Obituary [Shirley Edyth Martin], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 2011.

Obituary [Mina Marguerite Sloan], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2014.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Joan Sinclair (Archives of Manitoba) and Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 April 2022

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