David Henry McFadden (1856-1935)
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
David Henry McFadden was born in Peterborough, Upper Canada on February 17th, 1856 to parents William McFadden and Alice Handbridge.
He was educated at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph. In 1880 he settled in Emerson, Manitoba and began practicing as a veterinary surgeon. He was also manager of the Alexandra Realty Company.
On October 12th, 1885 David married Emma Storey of Drayton, North Dakota with whom he had seven children.
He was a member of the Freemasons, Independent Order of Foresters and the Loyal Orange Association. He served as Provincial Grand Master of the Orange Lodge of Manitoba from 1900 to 1903.
In 1900 David was the Returning Officer for the Emerson constituency in the provincial by-election.
David was mayor of Emerson from 1889 to 1890 and elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Manitoba of Emerson in the 1892, 1896, 1899, 1900 and 1903 elections and served as Provincial Secretary and Municipal Commissioner in the Roblin government until 1907 when he lost his seat. He was re-elected in Emerson in the 1910 general election and was re-elected in 1914.
David passed away in Emerson on February 1935 and was laid to rest at Emerson Cemetery.