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Memorable Manitobans: John Moir (1848-?)

Click to enlargeMiller, municipal official.

Born at Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 11 January 1848, son of William Moir and Isabella Taylor, he was educated at the parish of Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, after which he farmed with his father for some years. In the spring of 1869, he came to Canada and settled at Montreal, where he was employed as clerk in a hardware store for some ten years. In 1879, he moved to Manitoba and took up a farm near Holland. In 1886, he opened a lumber yard there, and two years later, bought the mill from the Holland Milling Company, becoming one of the foremost millers of the province. His flour took first prize in the Manitoba exhibit at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Masons, and IOOF. He was the first Reeve of the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk.

Sources:

The Canadian Album, Men of Canada (1894).

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2010

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