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Memorable Manitobans: Adalbert James Moses Poole (1881-1970)

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Adalbert James Moses Poole
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Farmer, farm leader, MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936).

Born on the family farm near Neepawa on 11 December 1881, son of Timothy Poole (1852-1945) and Frances Ducklow (1859-1947), he was educated at a rural school and business college. In 1909 he settled on a farm in the Springhill district, ten miles northwest of Neepawa. In 1918 he moved to a farm at Kelwood. He retired from active farming in 1954 and moved to Neepawa in 1961.

On 29 December 1909, he married Alice Watson (1886-1976), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Watson, of Arden. They had two daughters: Jessie Melrose Poole (1910-?, wife of I. M. Buchanan) and Evelyn Alice Poole (1912-?, wife of P. G. Fletcher). He was a director of the Manitoba Wheat Pool for three years, served as President of the United Farmers of Manitoba (1925-1928), and President of the Canadian Council of Agriculture (1927-1928). He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1927 general election and was re-elected in 1932 but defeated in 1936 and 1945. He was an active member of the United Church of Canada, serving as lay preacher, elder, clerk, recording steward, and Sunday School superintendent. For his community service, he received a Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society (1970).

He died at Neepawa on 26 September 1970 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery at Neepawa.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1970, page 39.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2019

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