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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald A. McArthur (1845-1912)

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Archibald A. McArthur
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Farmer, municipal official.

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Archibald A. McArthur
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Born at Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario on 24 April 1845, the son of Archibald McArthur and Christina Campbell, he received his education at Komoka Seminary, and began his career as a farmer on leaving school, specializing in stock breeding. On 5 December 1872, he married Sarah Ann Gustin. They had one son, Frederick Joseph Gustin McArthur.

He left for Winnipeg in 1882 and, from 1888 to 1891, he managed a farm owned by Sir John Kaye at Gull Lake, Assiniboia. He then moved to Winnipeg to found the McArthur Grocery Company Limited, located at 728 Logan Avenue. He served as a Winnipeg alderman from 1905 to 1908, and was elected to the Board of Control in 1909, served three terms, and died two days after election for the fourth. McArthur played an active part in bringing Winnipeg’s water supply from Shoal Lake, in locating a power plant at Lac du Bonnet, and in building the Arlington Bridge.

He died at Winnipeg on 15 December 1912.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

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

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 October 2015

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