Memorable Manitobans: Peter St. Clair McGregor (1854-1920)
Born at Perthshire, Scotland in December 1854, youngest in a family of six sons and five daughters of Alex McGregor, his father died when he was 12. In 1872, he joined his brothers in emigrating to Canada where he lived for two years at Hamilton, Ontario. He moved to Gladstone in 1874, working that summer and the next on the Rainy River and the Lake of the Woods. Afterwards he working in freighting to what later became the City of Edmonton. In 1879 he became Secretary-Treasurer for the Rural Municipality of Westbourne and was the first Mayor of Gladstone (1882-1883). He was involved in publication of the first newspaper at Gladstone.
In 1883 he married Eleanor Grose. They had five children: Alexander McGregor (b 1884), Elizabeth St. Clair McGregor (b 1888), Margaret Anne McGregor (b 1890), Wilfrid John McGregor (b 1894), and Irene Julia McGregor (b 1905). He was a member of the Masons (Gladstone Lodge No. 11) and Gladstone Presbyterian Church.
He died at Gladstone on 19 October 1920 and was buried in Mekiwin Cemetery.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
“Westbourne district loses valued resident,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 October 1920, page 6.
We thank Cliff Ralph for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 June 2014