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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Monteith (1843-1930)

Blacksmith, farmer, municipal official.

Born in Renfrew County, Ontario on 28 February 1843, son of George Monteith and Euphemia Crawford, he came with his family to Canada in 1849 and worked for a time as a blacksmith. From 1874 to 1882 he worked in the woolen trade then came to Manitoba, settling on a farmstead five miles south of Killarney. He farmed until 1895 when he moved to Killarney and, until 1903, operated a furniture business after which he retired. In 1867, he married Mary Kilpatrick (1838-1912) of York County, Ontario. They had five children: George Monteith, Robert Ernest Monteith (1870-1957), John Herbert Monteith, Mary Helen Monteith (1874-?), James R. Monteith (1879-1879), and Euphemia Margaret Monteith (1884-?, wife of John R. Hodson). He served for four years as a councillor and nine years as a Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain. He was the first Mayor of Killarney. He was a member of the IOOF. He moved into Winnipeg in 1922 and died there on 28 March 1930. He was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Reflections, 1882-1982: A Community History of the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain and the Town of Killarney by J. A. Victor David Museum and New Horizons, 1982, page 445.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 October 2017

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