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McDougall, John

John McDougall was born in 1842 in Sydenham, Upper Canada to George and Elizabeth McDougall. His father was a farmer by background who had become a Methodist missionary and, as a result, John McDougall was educated through the mission school system.

Throughout his life and career John McDougall worked hard in aid of the native communities of Alberta and truly believed in his faith and his work. During the North West Rebellion he travelled around to Indian camps all over Rupert’s Land to help calm fears and offer assurances to the people that they were safe and that the government would respect their rights. He was not just a Methodist minister but became a teacher, health care provider and friend to many natives and new settlers from the east.

John McDougall and his brother David, brought the first herd of breeding cattle into southern Alberta in 1873. Eleven cows and one bull were to provide the foundation for a ranching business that would finance their new mission at Morleyville on the Bow River.

John McDougall

John McDougall