Winnipeg Free Press - Newspaper look-up requested - William McDonald of Dufftown, Scotland

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Does any kind person on WikiTree have access to back issues of The Winnipeg Free Press?

It looks like they are available on and

I would really appreciate a transcription of three or four short entries which I believe appear in this newspaper, as follows:

  • Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 1941, page 18 (may include his photograph).
  • Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1942, page 7.
  • Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 1943, page 9 (there may be a longer article elsewhere in that day’s edition).

William McDonald was a Scottish farmer who settled in North Dakota, USA, and later relocated to Dominion City, Winnipeg, Canada.  He apparently reached his 100th birthday in 1940 or 41, and died on or after 1943.

I am trying to establish whether William McDonald in these reports is actually William Moggach or McDonald, born in Mortlach (which covers Dufftown) in Scotland in 1845.

If it is the same man, his ages, as reported, may be up to five years out, but there are two many hints that he is the same man for me to ignore.

If anyone can help, I’d really appreciate the headline, a transcription of the text, the date, page and column number of each item, so I can write suitable citations.

Please be assured that I’ll pay-forward any help received!

Very many thanks,

David Dobie

London, England

WikiTree profile: William McDonald
in Genealogy Help by David Dobie G2G5 (5.7k points)

2 Answers

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Thank you so much!  That’s the man!  So nice to see his photo after all the time I spent researching him.  I really appreciate you taking the time to hunt those down.

Best wishes,

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Sorry, but I don't have access to either of those newspapers. If ongoing research is correct, my McDonalds were in this country (American Colonies) pre-Rev War.
by Patricia Rye G2G3 (3.7k points)
Thanks you for reading my request, all the same.  Best wishes, David.

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