Macdonald, John Archibald (1877-1951)

John A. Macdonald, Vancouver Sun, about November 19, 1951.

John A. Macdonald, Vancouver Sun, about November 19, 1951.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 732.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 732.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1903, page 751.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1903, page 751.

John Archibald Macdonald was an advertising writer, newspaper reporter and editor. He lived at 1055 Denman Street in 1901 and at 1856 Barclay Street in 1903.

 

Family Background

John Archibald Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 12, 1877. (He was often called “Jack.”) His parents were Archibald MacDonald (1851–1921) and Helen Campbell Fletcher (1851–1940).

The Macdonald family moved from Scotland to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1883. Archibald Macdonald established a successful contracting business. He died in Winnipeg on October 8, 1921.

The Winnipeg Tribune, October 10, 1921, page 2, columns 6-7.

The Winnipeg Tribune, October 10, 1921, page 2, columns 6-7.

Archibald’s wife, Helen, later moved to British Columbia. She died in Kelowna on August 4, 1940.

 

John’s Life and Career

John lived in Winnipeg with his parents until about 1900.

On January 15, 1900, in Winnipeg, he married Ida Eleanor Heath Toms. She was born in Wingham, Ontario, on January 26, 1878.

In 1901, John and Ida were living in Vancouver. John was an advertising writer, working from number 35 in the Flack Block in Vancouver. According to the Vancouver directory, the occupant of that office was the Standard Life Insurance Company.

By 1903, John was an advertising manager with the Vancouver News-Advertiser.

From 1901 to 1909, John appeared at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1901 1055 Denman Street
1902 Not listed under Vancouver names
1903 1856 Barclay Street
1904 to 1905 Not listed under Vancouver names
1906 1772 Davie Street (rear)
1907 to 1909 1787 Burnaby Street (1789 Burnaby Street in 1909 Vancouver names)
1910 Not listed under Vancouver names

In 1911, the Macdonalds were in Winnipeg, where John was a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

During the First World War, John was in Ottawa, working as a fuel controller for the federal government. He later returned to his job as a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

In 1921, John was the publicity commissioner for the province of Manitoba.

In 1924, the Macdonalds returned to Vancouver. John joined the staff of the Vancouver Sun, where he remained until he retired in 1948.

He died in Vancouver on November 18, 1951.

Vancouver Sun, about November 19, 1951 [reproduced in Ancestry.ca under John Archibald Macdonald (1877-1951).

Vancouver Sun, about November 19, 1951 [reproduced in Ancestry.ca under John Archibald Macdonald (1877-1951).

Ida died in Winnipeg on February 24, 1957.

John and Ida had the following children.

 

Archibald Argyle Mcdonald

Archibald Argyle Macdonald was born in Vancouver on November 22, 1900. (He was sometimes called “Archibald A. Macdonald” or “Archie A. Macdonald.”)

From 1901 to 1921 he was living with his parents.

In 1951 he was the assistant city editor on the New York News.

 

Nora Louise MacDonald

Nora Louise MacDonald was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on January 24, 1902.

In 1911 and 1921 she was living with her parents.

On June 27, 1930, in Winnipeg, she married Robert Swan Robertson.

Norah died in Winnipeg on October 2, 1975.

Robert died in Winnipeg on November 19, 1985.

 

Donald Boyd MacDonald

Donald Boyd MacDonald was born in Vancouver on April 28, 1905.

In 1911 and 1921 he was living with his parents.

He later worked as a grain clerk and wholesale credit manager.

On June 29, 1929, in Vancouver, he married Olive Ruthven Foster. She was born in Vancouver on April 13, 1907. Her parents were William Washborough Foster and Olive Stuart.

Donald died in Vancouver on December 31, 1973.

Olive died in Vancouver on October 18, 1999.

 

Helen Marion MacDonald

Helen Marion MacDonald was born on June 28, 1909, probably in Vancouver (although some sources say that she was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba).

In 1951 she was “Mrs. D.L. Ross” of Montreal.

She later married Charles Saxton Humphrey, who was a chemical engineer. He was born in Hornell, New York, on September 19, 1903. Charles died in Victoria, British Columbia, on August 29, 1984.

Helen died in Victoria on January 29, 1986.

 

Sources

Archibald Macdonald (father of John Archibald Macdonald)

Archibald MacDonald (1851–1921); Birth: 06 APRIL 1851, Islay G, Argyllshire; Death: 8 OCT 1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMK5-P1H : 10 December 2017), Archibald Mcdonald, Tobermory, Argyllshire, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 11, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 203,563.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKZ-ZBT : 3 August 2016), Archibald Mcdonald, Ward 5, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148099.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHK9-CBC : 18 March 2018), Alex Mcdonald, Winnipeg (city/cité), Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJ5-ZP6 : 1 April 2016), Archd MacDonald, 2A, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-XBFW : 16 March 2018), Arch Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Archibald Macdonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 32; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 10. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Web: Manitoba, Death Index, 1871-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Archibald MacDonald; Age: 70; Birth Date: abt 1851; Death Date: 8 Oct 1921; Death Place: Wpg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

Helen Campbell Fletcher (mother of John Archibald Macdonald)

Helen Campbell Fletcher (1851–1940); Birth: 25 MAY 1851, Torosay G, Argyllshire; Death 04 AUGUST 1940, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMK5-P1C : 10 December 2017), Helen Mcdonald, Tobermory, Argyllshire, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 11, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 203,563.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKZ-ZBY : 3 August 2016), Ellen Mcdonald, Ward 5, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148099.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHK9-CBZ : 18 March 2018), Ellan Mcdonald, Winnipeg (city/cité), Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJ5-ZPX : 1 April 2016), Helen MacDonald in household of Archd MacDonald, 2A, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-XBF4 : 16 March 2018), Helen Macdonald in entry for Arch Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Helen Macdonald in household of Archibald Macdonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 32; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 10. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKP-SQG : 8 November 2017), Helen Campbell Bogle Macdonald, 1940.

 

John Archibald Macdonald

John Archibald MacDonald (1877–1951); Birth: 12 SEPTEMBER 1877, Glasgow G, Lanarkshire; Death 18 NOV 1951, Vancouver, British Columbia (ancestry.ca)

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XY3T-W45 : 10 February 2018), John Archibald Mcdonald, 12 Sep 1877; citing , reference – 2:167W65X, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 889,474.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMK5-P1Z : 10 December 2017), John Archd Mcdonald, Tobermory, Argyllshire, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 11, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 203,563.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKZ-ZBB : 3 August 2016), John A Mcdonald, Ward 5, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148099.

Ancestry.com. Web: Manitoba, Marriage Index, 1881-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Vital Statistics. Manitoba Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Name: John Archibald Macdonald; Gender: Male; Marriage Date: 15 Jan 1900; Marriage Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Spouse: Ida Eleanor Heath Toms.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-546 : 18 March 2018), John Mcdonald, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-F7TW : 16 March 2018), John A Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, John Archibald MacDonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 31; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 18. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRR-QYZ : 8 November 2017), John Archibald Macdonald, 1951; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/2eab9b79-2fec-4eff-be47-9ad47855d2aa.

 

Ida Eleanor Heath Toms (wife of John Archibald Macdonald)

Ida Eleanor Toms (1878–1957); Birth: 26 JANUARY 1878, Wingham, Huron, Ontario, Canada; Death: 24 FEBRUARY 1957, Winnipeg City, Manitoba, Canada (ancestry.ca).

Ancestry.com. Web: Manitoba, Marriage Index, 1881-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Vital Statistics. Manitoba Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Name: Ida Eleanor Heath Toms; Gender: Female; Marriage Date: 15 Jan 1900; Marriage Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Spouse: John Archibald Macdonald.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-54X : 18 March 2018), Ida Mcdonald, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-F7T4 : 16 March 2018), Ida E Macdonald in entry for John A Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Eda Elanor MacDonald in household of John Archibald MacDonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 31; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 18. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

 

Archibald Mcdonald (son of John Archibald Macdonald)

Archibald A. Macdonald (1900–); Birth: 22 NOV 1900, Vancouver, British Columbia; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

Ancestry.com. British Columbia, Canada, Birth Index, 1851-1903 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. Name: Archibald A Macdonald; Gender: Male; Birth Date: 22 Nov 1900; Birth Location: Vancouver; Registration Number: 1900-09-600540; BCA Number: B13910; GSU Number: 2116337 [British Columbia Archives indexes name as Archibald Argyle Macdonald.]

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-54F : 18 March 2018), Archibald Mcdonald in household of Ida Mcdonald, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-F7TH : 16 March 2018), Archibald Macdonald in entry for John A Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Archibald MacDonald in household of John Archibald MacDonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 31; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 18. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

 

Nora Louise MacDonald (daughter of John Archibald MacDonald)

Norah Louise MacDonald (1902–1975); Birth: 24 JANUARY 1902, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Death: 02 OCT 1975, Winnipeg, Man. Canada (ancestry.ca)

Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Vital Statistics. Manitoba Consumer and Corporate Affairs. http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/Query.php: accessed 17 May 2012. Name: Norah Louise Macdonald; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 24 Jan 1902; Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Mother: Ida Tonis [sic]

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-F7TC : 16 March 2018), Nora Louise Macdonald in entry for John A Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Nora Louise MacDonald in household of John Archibald MacDonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 31; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 18. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

Ancestry.com. Web: Manitoba, Marriage Index, 1881-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Vital Statistics. Name: Norah Louise Macdonald; Gender: Female; Marriage Date: 27 Jun 1930; Marriage Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Spouse: Robert Swan Robertson.

 

Robert Swan Robertson (husband of Norah Louise Macdonald)

Robert Swan Robertson (1894–1985); Birth: 14 APRIL 1894, Greenock, Scotland; Death: 19 NOVEMBER 1985, Winnipeg, Manitoba (ancestry.ca).

Ancestry.com. Web: Manitoba, Marriage Index, 1881-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Vital Statistics. Name: Robert Swan Robertson; Gender: Male; Marriage Date: 27 Jun 1930; Marriage Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Spouse: Norah Louise Macdonald.

 

Donald Boyd MacDonald (son of John Archibald MacDonald)

Donald Boyd Macdonald (1905–1973); Birth: ABT 1905, Vancouver B C; Death: 31 DEC 1973,  Vancouver, British Columbia (ancestry.ca).

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-F7TZ : 16 March 2018), Donald B Macdonald in entry for John A Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Donald MacDonald in household of John Archibald MacDonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 31; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 18. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-HLQ : 11 March 2018), Donald Boyd Macdonald and Olive Ruthven Foster, 29 Jun 1929; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13757, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,553.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBV-YQ5 : 8 November 2017), Donald Boyd Macdonald, 1973; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/56454e9b-fcfc-4c68-8c3f-8c18d283114e.

 

Olive Ruthven Foster (wife of Donald Boyd Macdonald)

Olive Ruthven Foster (1907–1999); Birth: 13 APR 1907, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Death: 18 OCT 1999; Vancouver B.C. Canada (ancestry.ca).

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-HL9 : 11 March 2018), Donald Boyd Macdonald and Olive Ruthven Foster, 29 Jun 1929; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13757, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,553.

 

Helen Marion MacDonald (daughter of John Archibald MacDonald)

Helen Marian Macdonald (1910–1986); Birth 1910, British Columbia; Death: 29 JANUARY 1986, Victoria, British Columbia (ancestry.ca).

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-F7T8 : 16 March 2018), Helen Macdonald in entry for John A Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671.

1921 Canada Census, Helen Marion MacDonald in household of John Archibald MacDonald, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 31; Census Place: Winnipeg (City), Winnipeg South, Manitoba; Page Number: 18. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLC-HCW : 8 November 2017), Helen Marian Humphrey, 1986; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/795709ac-1473-4b36-9b67-822a9b2cd9bb.

 

Charles Saxton Humphrey (husband of Helen Marion Macdonald)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGMM-N18 : 8 November 2017), Charles Saxton Humphrey, 1984; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/1f6cd672-2642-4004-9a3e-ed709f31ac12.