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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Julius Mickle (1848-1919)

Click to enlargeLawyer, MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895), MLA (18966-1899), MLA (1900-1903), MLA (1903-1907), MLA (1908-1910).

Born at Stratford, Ontario on 22 July 1848, son of Alexander D. and Elizabeth A. Mickle, he received his early education at Stratford, and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1872. He came to Manitoba in 1882, taking up residence at Birtle, where he continued his law practice.

He was married in 1889 to Mary A. Ross, of Stratford, and had two daughters.

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature, representing the Birtle constituency, from 1888 to 1908, when he resigned. He held the portfolio of Provincial Secretary in the Greenway government from 1896 to 1900 and, after Greenway’sretirement, became leader of the Liberal opposition. In 1909 he was appointed County Court Judge for the northern district, with headquarters at Minnedosa.

Mickle died in Minnedosa on 10 November 1919.

He was commemorated by Mickle Avenue in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 4 April 2010

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