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Memorable Manitobans: William Blain Findlater (1871-1962)

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William Blain Findlater
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Farmer, cattle buyer, MLA (1916-1920), MLA (1921-1922).

Born at Belmore, Ontario on 20 October 1871, son of Alexander Findlater and Mary Pipe, he was educated at the No. 1 Howick public school. On 27 December 1905, he married Mary Dickie (1883-1949, daughter of James Dickie) of Gilbert Plains, formerly of Simcoe County, Ontario. They had five children: Jean Graham Findlater (1906-1982, wife of William John Johnston), Mary Elizabeth Findlater (1911-1996, wife of Gerald St. Clair Porter), Dorothy Ellen Findlater (1913-2012, wife of William Archibald Robertson), William Alexander Findlater (1916-1953), and James Ronald “Ron” Findlater (1926-2019). He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Gilbert Plains constituency at the 1915 general election, re-elected in 1920. He died at Dauphin on 26 March 1962 and was buried in the Eldon Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1917.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1962, page 32.

Obituary [Jean Graham Johnston], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1982, page 50.

Obituary [Mary Elizabeth Porter], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1996, page 28.

Obituary [Dorothy Ellen Robertson], ObitTree.

Obituary [James Ronald Findlater], Echovita.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nancy Findlater Cutway, James Findlater, and Oliver Berneutz for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 July 2020

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