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Memorable Manitobans: John Reginald McMillan (1905-?)


Born at Winnipeg on 1 September 1905, son of Mary Fran Fairclough and George McMillan, he was educated at Alexandra and Kelvin High School. He began law studies at the University of Manitoba in 1922 but illness prevented him from completing his studies. Following his recovery, he became stenographer for the Great West Lumber Company and, in 1925, he joined the Canadian National Railway as a stenographer in the general passenger office at Winnipeg. He was transferred to the operations department the following year and became secretary in 1929 to the vice president of the western region. On 1 January 1949, he was appointed general superintendent of the Manitoba district of the CNR assuming responsibility for the sale and operation of 4,000 miles of track. He later became vice-president for the western region.

A man who liked quiet pastimes, he enjoyed reading and attending his son Frank’s hockey games.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“General Superintendant,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 February 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 84]

Advertisement, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1953, page 27.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 9 January 2011

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