Memorable Manitobans: Edward McDonald (1841-1915)
Grain merchant, municipal official.
Born at Glasgow, Scotland in 1841, he came to Canada with his parents at the age of two years. He served as Deputy Reeve of Walkerton, Ontario for sixteen years. He came to Portage la Prairie in 1880 and, in 1882, he contested the federal Marquette constituency, losing to Robert Watson. He was Mayor of Portage from 1883 to 1884 and Chair of the Central Judicial District Board in 1887.
In 1867, he married Elizabeth Gammond (?-1898). They had seven children: John A. McDonald, Robert G. McDonald, E. L. McDonald, W. M. McDonald, Mrs. H. G. Fitzgerald, Mary L. McDonald, and Minnie M. McDonald. He was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge and the Presbyterian church.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 690 Strathcona Street, on 19 November 1915 and was buried in St. James Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 20 November 1915, page 29.
“Edward McDonald, old timer in west, dead,” Winnipeg Telegram, 22 November 1915. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]
Tread of the Pioneers, written and edited by Joseph H. Metcalfe and published by the Portage la Prairie and District Old Timers’ Association, 1932.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 October 2017