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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Douglas Lyall (1878-1945)

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Peter Douglas Lyall
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Contractor.

Born at Montreal, Quebec on 15 September 1878, son of Peter Lyall (1841-1912) and Christina Simpson Shearer Oman (1843-1919), he attended Montreal public schools and Fettee College before beginning work as a general contractor. Coming to Manitoba, he was President of North West Quarries at Garson and Vice-President of construction firm of Lyall-Mitchell Company in partnership with George Andrews Mitchell.

On 12 June 1896, he married Iday May Johnson (?-?) and they had, as of 1913, a daughter, Christina Maud Lyall (?-?). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Carleton Club, and Augustine Presbyterian Church, and served as President of the Thistle Curling Club (1909-1910), Manitoba Curling Association (1909-1910), and St. Charles Country Club (1914).

He later returned to Montreal and died there on 7 May 1945.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Royal Alexandra Hotel

Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

Demolished (1971)

Union Railway Station

123 Main Street, Winnipeg

1908-1909

 

Ames Holden McCready Building

318 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Garson Limestone Quarries and Kilns (Garson, RM of Brokenhead)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Village of Garson Monument (Garson, RM of Brokenhead)

Sources:

“Genial head of Manitoba Curling Association,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 February 1910, page 19.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

“Peter D. Lyall dies in Montreal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1945, page 21.

Peter Douglas Lyall, FindAGrave.

We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 April 2022

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