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Memorable Manitobans: Malcolm McFarlane Leitch (1865-1928)


Born in Ontario in January 1865, he came to Oak Lake where he established the Leitch Flour Mills. He was also the proprietor of Leitch Collieries (founded 1907) in the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta, and other enterprises. In 1899, he was a founding member of the Oak Lake Board of Trade. On 22 March 1899, he married Edith Lidella Shaw (1879-1967) at Oak Lake. They had six children: William Leitch (?-?), Maurice O’Grady Leitch (1900-1973), William Malcolm Jamison Leitch (1908-?), Agnes Elizabeth Leitch (1909-1979), Marjory Edith Leitch (1910-?, wife of Mr. Doig), and Edith Kathleen Leitch (1913-?, wife of Mr. Roberts). He later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he died on 3 October 1928 and was buried in the Oak Lake Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leitch House (44 Fourth Avenue, Oak Lake)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Ox Trail to Blacktop by Oak Lake History Committee, Oak Lake, 1982, page 267.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 February 2016

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