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Memorable Manitobans: James Duncan (1850-1924)

Click to enlargeFarmer, implement dealer.

Born in Fifeshire, Scotland on 28 October 1850, son of Andrew Duncan and Jean Morrison, he was educated at local parish schools then worked for several years as a gardener. He emigrated to Missouri in 1874, worked as a gardener there until 1879, then took up farming near the present site of Glenboro, Manitoba, and gave the town its name. He became an agent for the Massey-Harris Company in 1886 and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1889. He was the first Postmaster and Reeve in the area.

He married Catherine Pitipiece of Carleton County, Ontario on 28 October 1887 with whom he had three daughters and a son.

He died at Glenboro on 17 December 1924.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

"Father" of Glenboro dead, Western Municipal News, February 1925, page 50.

Page revised: 23 April 2010

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