Memorable Manitobans: Andrew McCleary (c1863-1944)
Farmer, MLA (1927-1932).
Born at Toronto, Ontario around 1863, he married Mary Henry (?-1898) of Shellbourne, Ontario in 1880 and they had six children: William Andrew McCleary (1889-1917), John McCleary (?-?), Roberta McCleary (?-1969, wife of Frank J. Leary), Addie McCleary (?-?, wife of Allan A. Abbott), Annie Edna McCleary (?-?, wife of Carman W. Jamieson), and Etta McCleary (?-?, wife of Russell G. Martin). After his wife’s death, he and their children came to the Swan River Valley in 1902 and settled on a farm in the Ravensworth district south of Minitonas. On 25 November 1914, he married Amelia Watson MacKay (c1875-1955) of Edinburgh, Scotland. He served as Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Minitonas (1912-1914, 1925-1927, 1933), organized and was President of the Swan Valley Progressive Association, and was elected to the Swan River constituency in the 1927 provincial general election, serving a single term. He died at Swan River on 6 May 1944 and was buried in the Minitonas Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“McCleary is government choice in Swan River,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 June 1927, page 3.
Obituary,Swan Valley Star and Times, 11 May 1944.
“Former MLA’s widow dies at Minitonas,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1955, page 37.
Obituary [Roberta Leary], Swan Valley Star and Times, 18 December 1969, page 4.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 June 2018
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