Memorable Manitobans: James McNeil (c1867-1914)
In 1884, he came to Winnipeg and found work with the John W. Peck Company, later managing Sidney Hoover and Company’s store. Several years later, he opened the Glengarry clothing store, later taking Robert McLean and Thomas Garland as partners in the firm of McNeil, McLean and Garland, in a store at the corner of Main and Market Street. On 10 March 1902, he married Anna Maud Coulter of Port Hope, Ontario. They had a daughter, Margaret McNeil. He was a member of the AF & AM (Ionic Lodge) and the IOOF. He served as Treasurer of the Retail Merchants’ Association. He died shortly after returning from a vacation at Hot Springs, Arkansas, succumbing to meningitis on 11 May 1914. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
“Well known city merchant expires”, newspaper clipping dated 12 May 1914 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]
“James M’Neil dies suddenly”, Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1914, page 2.
“Masonic funeral of James M’Neil”, Manitoba Free Press, 15 May 1914, page 28.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 September 2010
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