Memorable Manitobans: John Christie Walker Reid (1871-1942)
Farmer, MLA (1911-1914).
Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 25 July 1871, son of Elizabeth Geddes Walker and William Reid, he was educated at the Edinburgh Academy then came to Manitoba in 1889 where he took up land near Underhill. He was elected as a Conservative to the Manitoba Legislature at the general election held in July 1910, representing the Deloraine constituency. He was subsequently defeated at elections in 1914, 1915, and 1920. During the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917.
He was a member of the Adanac Club, AF and AM and Royal Arch Masons (Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, 1926), St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, and Elgin Presbyterian Church. His recreations included cricket, tennis, and shooting. He was active in Boy Scout work.
He died unmarried at Souris on 13 January 1942 and was buried in the Elgin Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
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.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“J. C. W. Reid, Mason, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 January 1942, page 5.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 September 2018