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Memorable Manitobans: John Menzies (1852-1933)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Perthshire, Scotland on 17 March 1852, son of John Menzie (?-1902) and Grace Menzie (c1822-1890), and brother of Robert Menzies, the family immigrated to Ontario, where in 1879 he married Catherine Alice McGue (1856-1927). The couple had six children: John Edward Menzies (1881-1954), Donald Alexander Menzies (1883-1947), Robert P. Menzies (1888-?), Duncan Thomas Menzies (1889-?), William James Menzies (1892-?), and George Alfred Menzies (1894-1909).

After marrying, they moved to western Manitoba where he erected the first home and farm buildings at what would become Oakburn. His homestead farming operation was vast, covering 3040 acres. He was a charter member of the Shoal Lake Lodges for both the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Masons. He served eight year as School Trustee and 12 years between Reeve (1898-1899, 1901, 1905-1906) and Councillor for the Rural Municipality of Shoal Lake.

He died at the home of his son Donald in the RM of Shoal Lake on 29 September 1933 and was buried in McLeans Cemetery.


1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John Menzie, 81, pioneer settler of Oakburn, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 October 1933, page 3.

Obituary [Donald A. Menzies] Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1947, page 17.

“Ex-Shoal Lake Councillor dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1954, page 36.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 April 2014

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