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Memorable Manitobans: James McKenzie (1854-1936)

Click to enlargeFarmer, MLA (1896-1899), MLA (1900-1903).

Born in Wellington County, Ontario on 23 April 1854, son of Kenneth McKenzie and Jane Condy, he came to Manitoba in 1868 with George McDougall and George Young. He homesteaded with his family at Burnside on the Portage Plains. On 29 June 1895, he married Sibylla Mary Hill (1863-?). They had four children: Jean McKenzie, Sibylla Eleanor McKenzie (b 1900, wife of Charles Mitchell), Mrs. W. Thomson, and Kenneth J. McKenzie. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Lakeside constituency, at a by-election held in November 1896. He was reelected at the general election of 1899. He retired to Winnipeg where he was active with several farm organizations. He died at Brandon, Manitoba on 12 February 1936 and was buried in Burnside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“James McKenzie, Manitoba pioneer, dies Wednesday”, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1936, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2010

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