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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Donaldson (1851-1919)

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Born in Zorah Township, Ontario on 7 June 1851, son of William and Mary Donaldson, he quit school at the age of 16 to help on the family farm. At 27, he left home to learn the butcher’s trade. In 1880 he went to Saskatchewan and took up a homestead near Broadview, which he cultivated until 1886. He moved to Brandon in 1890 and established a retail meat market at 813 Rosser Avenue. He was also involved in the feeding and raising of cattle and sheep.

On 27 October 1880, he married Elizabeth E. Wallis at Woodstock, Ontario. They had six children: Florence L. Donaldson (1889-1908), Mary B. Burgess (wife of H. L. Stevenson), William W. Donaldson, Joseph Cameron Donaldson, Edward V. Donaldson, and John Milton Donaldson. The family resided at 259 Sixth Street, Brandon. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Brandon Board of Trade, the Anglican Church, and a director of the Brandon Winter Fair.

He died at Brandon on 30 January 1919.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 June 2011

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