Collection 1977.6 - J.T. McGregor Collection

William McGregor Archibald McGregor Mrs. Taylor McGregor Unidentified Threshing Scene Alex Anderson's Threshing Outfit The McGregor Bros. Threshing Outfit, 1912 Threshing on John T. Clarke Farm Threshing on the Robert Reid Farm McGregor Bros. Threshing Outfit, 1906 Pierce Couling Farm Threshing
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J.T. McGregor Collection

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CA DHM 1977.6

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  • 1891-1977; Predominantly 1900-1912 (Creation)
    John Taylor McGregor

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19 photographs, 4 negatives, 1 drawing, 0.7cm of textual records.

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Brothers Duncan (1865-1939) and William McGregor (1860-1937) arrived in Brandon, Manitoba from Acton, Ontario in the spring of 1890. Their parents were James McGregor (?- 1882) and Sarah Taylor McGregor (1829-1918). They had two older brothers and two sisters: John B. (1853-1927), Archibald (1856-1931), Janet (1856-1914) and Sarah Jane (1868-1918). After working for two months as teamsters near Brandon, William and Duncan began working for the C.P.R. In their spare time, they looked for available farm land and eventually purchased land near Brandon at 1-11-19 in the R.M. of Elton. After establishing themselves as farmers, the brothers divided their land equally in 1895. In 1898, their brother Archibald joined them in Manitoba. With Archibald came their mother, their sister Sarah Jane, and her husband, Albert Hamilton. In 1901, the McGregor brothers (Duncan, William, and Archie) bought their first threshing outfit. That September was the first of 23 successful threshing seasons for the brothers’ business. The eldest McGregor brother, John B., moved to Manitoba in 1910 and bought a farm at 11-11-19.
Duncan Taylor McGregor married Annie Eleanor Clarke in 1897. In 1904, the couple had a son, John Taylor McGregor. John Taylor received his education at Grand Valley School, Brandon Collegiate and Brandon College. He farmed in the R.M. of Elton from 1926 to 1969. During those years he also worked as a steam engineer at Shilo and at the Minnedosa Distillery. John was a member of Toastmasters No. 293 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was also a member of the Assiniboine Historical Association, First Presbyterian Church and a founding member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. He also wrote pioneer stories that were published in the Brandon Sun. John married Clara Louise Barber (1901-1965) on May 3, 1936; they had no children. After Clara passed away, John married Isabelle Johnston on July 16, 1966. John Taylor McGregor passed away on December 21, 1988. He is buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

Custodial history

The material in this collection was donated to the Daly House Museum by J.T. McGregor between 1977 and 1986.

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The material in this collection consists primarily of photographs pertaining to the McGregor family and to farming activities in the R.M. of Elton. The collection includes photographic portraits of Archie, William, and Sarah Taylor McGregor and a sketched portrait of Grant McEwan. Other photographs include the McGregor Bros., Alex Anderson, and Chalmer Bros. threshing outfits, as well as the farms of J.T. Clark, Robert Reid, Pierce Couling, John William Sandison, and William Dope. The only textual material in the collection is a biography of John William Sandison, written by J.T. McGregor.

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