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Memorable Manitobans: David Lamont (1876-1946)

Blacksmith, municipal official.

Born at Brussels, Ontario on 3 March 1876, he came to Melita, Manitoba as a young man. He worked as a blacksmith and, later, operated an automobile dealership. He was active in community affairs, as a municipal councillor (1914-1916, 1919-1920) and as Mayor of Melita on three occasions (1917-1918, 1921-1922, 1930-1940). He was a member of the Melita Board of Trade, Melita Old Timers Association, IOOF, Masons, and the Presbyterian Church. He was a cousin of John McRae, author of “In Flanders Fields”. On 9 July 1929, he married Gertrude M. Armstrong (1898-1974) of Melita, at Old Kildonan. They had no children. He died at Melita on 21 August 1946 and was buried in the Melita Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“David Lamont President of Old-Timers of Melita”, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1928, page 19.

“David Lamont”, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1946, page 8.

Obituary [G. M. Lamont], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1974, page 49.

Photo of David Lamont in Old Photo Room at Antler River Museum, Melita, 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 July 2010

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