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Memorable Manitobans: George Samuel McDowell (1881-1968)


Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 23 May 1881, son of William McDowell, he lived at Field, British Columbia and Winnipeg before moving to St. Vital in 1887 where he resided until 1950. He served as a trustee and Secretary-Treasurer for the Woodlawn School District for 17 years. On 21 June 1905, he married Ellen Laura Hock (?-1974) at St. Boniface. They had nine children: Helen Maud Mary McDowell (b 1907), George Robert McDowell (1908), Elsie Gertrude May McDowell (b 1910, wife of A. Murphy), Laura Dorothy McDowell (1910-1938), Andrew McDowell, David McDowell, Mary McDowell (wife of H. Newbold), Phyllis McDowell (wife of R. Johnstone), Kay McDowell (wife of W. Coleman), and Fay McDowell (wife of A. Dandy). He moved to Oliver, British Columbia in 1950 where he operated a fruit farm. He died at Oliver on 8 August 1968 and was buried in the Oliver Public Cemetery. He is commemorated by George McDowell School in Winnipeg.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1968, page 30.

Obituary [Ellen McDowell], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1974, page 47.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2013

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