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Memorable Manitobans: Donald John McCuish (1845-1900)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Inverness-shire, Scotland on 16 September 1845, son of John McCuish and Kathleen Ferguson, the family emigrated to Canada in 1849 and settled at Brantford, Ontario. He farmed in Ontario until 1871 when he came to Manitoba and took up a homestead near Portage la Prairie. In 1874 he married Flora MacDonald of Middlesex County, Ontario. They had three sons: Robert George McCuish, John McCuish, and Murdock McCuish.

He returned to Manitoba in 1877 and farmed near Morden until 1890. During that time, he served for nine years as a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Stanley and ten years on the Morden school board. He was president of the Morden Agricultural Society and president of the Liberal Association at Morden. He started the first Masonic lodge in southern Manitoba, being the Belmont Lodge No. 9 at Nelson. He retired to Ontario and died at Parkhill in December 1900.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 November 2012

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