George John Huntley Malcolm, 1865-1930
George John Huntley Malcolm was born August 20, 1865 in Kasauli, a Hill Station used by the British in northwestern India in the foothills of the Himalayas.1 His father was Colonel George Malcolm who served with the British Army in Crimea at the fall of Sebastopol in 1855 and at the seige of Lucknow in India during the Indian Mutiny in 1857. His mother was Emily Frances Miller, daughter of Joseph Dundas Miller and Elizabeth Tomlinson of Liverpool. Huntley was sent to England for his education at the United Services College at Westward Ho!, in Devon, England, the school which Rudyard Kipling attended. United Services College was a boarding school for sons of military officers.2
According to his son, Campbell, Huntley learned stock raising on his cousin's farm on the Isle of Mull, Argyleshire, Scotland, Huntley migrated to Canada in 1882 and attended the Agricultural College at Guelph, Ontario. In 1885 he homesteaded on the S.E. 1/4 of 4-16-26 in the Birtle Municipality near his Uncle Francis Benjamin Miller who had homesteaded there in 1881. Besides his uncle, there were numerous cousins of his in the area. Huntley farmed with an ox and plow, and lived in a sod shanty until he built a substantial log house which he named "The Thicket".3
Huntley married Janet Inglis Winter 5 September 1891.5 She was one of a large family who had come to the Birtle district in 1882. Around 1901 they moved to an area in the Miniota Municipality, where they built a stone house on Section 36-15-27 at the extreme north end of Miniota Municipality which they named "The Cairn". By this time the family consisted of a daughter Janet May, born 1893, Marion Ethel, born 1894, George Lawrence, born 1896, and Campbell, born 1898.6
Many enjoyable social events and dances took place in their home. People came from Miniota and as far away as Solsgirth and Birtle. The men wore their swallow tail dress suits and ladies wore formal evening gowns. The doors between the drawing room and the dining room were folded back to accommodate three groups of square dancers, and the music and laughter rang out until early morning. Transporation for these winter evenings was by horse drawn cutters and bob sleds with plenty of horse blankets, buffalo robes and foot warmers. Some of the family stock was turned out for the night to make room for the guests' horses.7
Adelaide Grellice Barnes
Several months later, on 2 October, 1902, he married Adelaide Grellice Barnes, 1863-1953, in Birtle, Manitoba.10 Addie, as she was known, was recently arrived from England and the daughter of an Anglican Minister.
Huntley was active in his community and served in several political positions. He was a school trustee and also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Birtle Agricultural Society. He was elected to the Manitoba legislature from 1909, 1910, 1914 and 1915. In 1920 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and served for two years.11
Huntley died on 18 August 1930 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was buried at Blenheim Cemetery, near Birtle. Adelaide died in 1953.12
Children of Huntley Malcolm and Janet Inglis Winter
More photos of the Huntley Malcolm family
Photograph of the Malcolm family outside their home, "The Thicket," in Birtle, 1899
Photos of the family home, "The Cairn"
Emily Miller and George Malcolm
Descendants of Emily Frances Miller and George Malcolm
The Miller family
Photograph of George John Huntley Malcolm comes from the Archives of Manitoba, Legislative Assembly 1921 and appears on the Memorable Manitobans page of the Manitoba Historical Society website, http://www.mhs.mb.ca/. Used with their permission.
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