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Memorable Manitobans: Earl Gordon Johnston (1927-2016)

Carpenter, farmer.

Born at Portage la Prairie on 18 September 1927, son of Thomas and Dorothy Johnston, he attended a country school under grade 6. He worked as a carpenter for Manitoba Pool Elevators, building and repairing grain elevators, and in the 1960s was one of its Construction and Repair Foremen. In 1970, he partnered with his brother Sid Johnston in a farm where they raised hogs and cattle, and had a Pregnant Mare Urine operation. He married Doreen Anderson (1931-2015) and they had three children. He died at Portage la Prairie on 3 April 2016 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery. A collection of his photographs relating to elevator work is held by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Sources:

Obituary, McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.

We thank Shelley Johnston-Frith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2020

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