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Memorable Manitobans: John W. Montague (1851-?)

Real estate and financial agent.

Born Adelaide Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, April 1851, son of Joseph I. Montague and Rhoda Montague, brother of Walter Humphries Montague. Educated public schools, Adelaide. After travelling over Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Dakota came to Winnipeg in May, 1877, and has resided in the Province of Manitoba continuously since that time except six years, during which he was resident at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Settled in Southern Manitoba, being first settler in what is now Argyle Municipality, and was instrumental in inducing a number of settlers to come to that district. Was engaged there in farming first and then milling. Travelled three times to the Rocky Mountains before the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Was first engineer on the erection of the electrical and machinery plant on the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and occupied same position in connection with the Sault Ste. Marie Pulp and Paper Company. Was one of the Canadian representatives at the World’s Columbia Exhibition at Chicago in 1893, and for a time was in connection with the Canadian-American Immigration Staff. Has for some years been engaged in farm land business. Has wide knowledge of Western Canada and has strong faith in its future. Has had charge of construction of several of the largest saw milling plants in Western Canada. Married Janet McKenzie, Broemer, Ontario. Address: 18 Touraine Building, Winnipeg.

In 1911, Montague was proprietor of the Montague Land and Securities Company, Winnipeg.


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

Page revised: 31 October 2008

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