Memorable Manitobans: Wildrick Kenneth McPhail (1863-1944)
Farmer, merchant, realtor.
Born at East Kildonan on 16 April 1863, son of John McPhail and Ann Kauffman, he was educated at the Garrick School, Kildonan public schools, and St. John’s College. After operating the family farm for a time, in 1892 he engaged in teaming and conducted a general store until 1902 when he opened a real estate business.
On 23 November 1886, he married Flora Mary McDonald (?-?, daughter of Donald McDonald of Little Britain) and they had three sons: Donald Angus McPhail (1887-?), Edward L. McPhail (?-?), and Wildrick Kenneth McPhail (1892-?). The family lived at 387 Nairn Avenue (1913) and 216 Johnson Avenue (c1915) in Elmwood. He was a member of the Winnipeg Conservative Club, IOOF, COOF, Conservative party, and Presbyterian church.
He moved to the United States around 1915 and was residing with one of his sons at the time of his death, which occurred at Rochester, Minnesota on 16 May 1944.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, pages 695-696.
We thank Kathy McPhail for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 January 2022