James G. DAGG (1860-1929)

James was born in Kincardine, Ontario on 10 May 1860 He was the son of James Dagg and Elizabeth “Eliza” Hewitt (1836-1909). He graduated from Clinton College, was a Normal certified school teacher and a gifted debater.

On 14 January 1898, he married Emily S. Clark (1864-1937) in Selkirk and they had two daughters: Ainslie St. Clair Dagg (1892-1918), and Alexandra Elizabeth Fern Dagg (1896-1977, wife of Robert Elias Lee).

He came to Manitoba in 1882 and settled at Selkirk opening a store, and serving as a councillor for 14 years and Mayor (1893-1895). He was one of the founders of the Dynevor Indian Hospital, serving as its Secretary for 20 years. He later moved to Winnipeg where he worked in real estate. About 1917, he moved to Vaughn, Ontario and engaged in large road contracting enterprises.

Educator, Merchant, Municipal Official, Realtor, Contractor

He was one of the founders of the Young Men’s Christian Association and was an active Mason (Lisgar Lodge), serving as Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. He was also active in hospital and church circles; serving as a lay worker for the Anglican churh and was an honourary lay secretary of the diocese of “Ruperts Land’ and a member of the Anglican executive council. Active in Liberal politics, he was President of the Winnipeg Liberal Association for many years.

He died at Meaford, Ontario on 03 November 1929 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Death Registration, Ontario Vital Statistics,
  • 1861, 1871 1881, 1891, 1901, 1916 and 1921 Canada Census, Ancestry
  • “James Dagg Dies at Meafoard Ont”, Manitoba Free Press, 05 November 1929, page 4.
  • “James G Dagg, former Selkirk Mayor, is dead”, Winnipeg Tribune, 05 November 1929, page 14.
  • Web: Canada, Virtual War Memorial Index, 1900-2014.
  • Obituary [Elizabeth Hewitt Dagg], Wingham Times Newspaper, 09 September 1909.
  • Obituary [Mrs. Emily Dagg], The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 09 October 1937, page 32.
  • “Ainslie Dagg dies”, Manitoba Free Press, 02 December 1918, page 5.
  • Obituary [Alexandra Elizabeth Fern Lee], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1977, page 36.


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