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Memorable Manitobans: John Donohoe (1884-1965)

Dairyman, municipal official.

Born at Dublin, Ireland on 25 December 1884, he worked in the family business before moving to to Canada in 1912. He drove a bread wagon for Canada Bread at Winnipeg before moving to Indian Head, Saskatchewan and working on a farm for a year. He returned to Winnipeg where he married Racy Abenstein (1892-1940) on 23 February 1916 and subsequently had four children: Denis John Donohoe (1916-2007), Maureen Ann Donohoe (1918-2011, wife of Charles S. Pruden), James Patrick “Jim” Donohoe (1921-2009), and John “Blake” Donohoe (1927-2002).

In 1917, he settled in the Petersfield School District where he established a dairy farm. Active in his community, he was a founder and builder of Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church. He served as a Councillor (1941-1947) and Reeve (1952-1957) of the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews. He was a member of the Holstein-Freisan Association, the Milk Control Board, the Selkirk Hospital Board, a life-member (1957) of the Manitoba Diary Association, and Director of the St. Andrews and St. Clements Agricultural Society for several years.

He died at Selkirk General Hospital on 7 October 1965 and was buried in Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Cemetery at Petersfield.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“St. Andrews gets new Deputy Reeve,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1952, page 14.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1965, page 10.

[Photo caption, Manitoba Dairy Association], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1957, page 15.

Obituary [John Blake Donohoe], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 2002, page C12.

Obituary [Denis John Donohoe], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 2007, page C14.

C14 Obituary [James Patrick Donohoe], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 2009, page B12.

Obituary [Maureen Ann Pruden], WinnipegWinnipeg Free Press, 12 February 2011, page C18.

Beyond the Gates of Lower Fort Gary 1880-1981 - R.M. of St. Andrews by the Municipality of St. Andrews, 1982.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 October 2019

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