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Memorable Manitobans: John Macwhirter (1853-1925)

Salesman, Mason.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 16 September 1853, he emigrated to Canada as a youth and settled at Owen Sound, Ontario where he first joined the Masons, eventually rising to the position of worshipful master. He came to Winnipeg in 1905 and worked as a department manager in the store of Jerry Robinson. He became associated with the Northern Light Lodge and served as its secretary for 18 years. He was also grand registrar of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. He was married twice, first to Margaret Creasor of Owen Sound. They had three children: Norman, Keith, and Florence. He married again in 1922 to Jane E. McKlechan of Winnipeg. He died on 1 May 1925.


“Death Summons J. Macwhirter, Veteran Mason” Newspaper clipping dated 2 May 1925. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

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