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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Reginald “Reg” McDiarmid (1878-1944)

Lumber merchant, Mayor of Brandon (1919).

Born at Brianston, Ontario on 23 March 1878, he came with his parents to Brandon, Manitoba at the age of four. He subsesquently attended two years at Manitoba College in Winnipeg. In Fall 1898, he went into the lumber business with John Hanbury, afterwards going to Rat Portage [now Kenora, Ontario] with the Rat Portage Lumbar Company. He returned to Brandon to organize McDiarmid & Clark, a branch of the Assiniboine Lumber Company, with John Clark. This company was succeeded four years later by Sword & McEachern, then by McDairmid & McEachern. He continued business by himself for two years. He was a stockholder in the Manitoba Windmill & Pump Company and the Brandon Brick & Lumber Company. He was the manager of the Brandon branch of the Manitoba Liquor Commission until ill health forced his retirement.

In 1903, he was married to Jean Elizabeth Burr, daughter of M. W. Burr of Guelph, Ontario. They had a daughter, Elizabeth McDiarmid. He served as mayor of Brandon in 1919, and was for many years a member of the Brandon Board of Trade.

He died at Brandon on 30 October 1944 after many years of poor health.


“Former Mayor of Brandon Dies” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 October 1944. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 160]

“A. R. McDiarmid” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1944, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2011

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