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Memorable Manitobans: Walter McKay (1853-?)


Born at Zorra, Ontario on 22 December 1853, son of Thomas McKay and Janet Sutherland, he attended St. Mary’s High School and, at the age of 27, received a second-class teacher’s certificate. He taught school for two years before moving to Manitoba in 1881 and settling on a homestead near Silverton. He farmed until 1907 when he retired to Russell, Manitoba. On 14 October 1885, he married Jessie Anderson at Silver Creek. They had eight children: John McKay, Margaret McKay (wife of Herbert McDonell), Murray A. McKay, Lena McKay, Edith McKay, Hugh McKay, James McKay, and Mary McKay. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Russell, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2010

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