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Justice T. L. Metcalfe was born in 1870 and came to the Oakland district with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Metcalfe who took up a homestead there, when he was six years of age.

Young Thomas helped in all the "chores" of the homestead until he was about 18 years of age, but from the first he had made up his mind to be a lawyer. To that end he directed his school studies and availed himself of the help of a French-Canadian fisherman, who lived on the shore of Lake Manitoba, to teach him the French he required to pass his matriculation preliminary to starting in the study of law.

He first followed these studies at Portage la Prairie in the office of D. A. Macdonald. His terms of articles were carried on in successive stages under the law firm of Aikins, Culver and McClennegan at Winnipeg; the Honorable Joseph Martin, at Portage and later at the same place under the firm of P. V. Georgean.

He "vas called to the bar of Manitoba in 1894 and started a law partnership with R. A. Bonnar under the title of Bonnar & Metcalfe. This connection was discontinued in 1907 to form a partnership with E. E. Sharpe, an association that was maintained until Mr. Metcalfe was elevated to the judgeship in the court of king's bench in 1909, which made him one of the youngest judges to

attain this position in Canada. .

In 1921 he was further promoted to judge of appeal in the province of Manitoba.

On April 2, 1922 Justice Thomas Llewellyn Metcalfe passed away at the age of 52 years.

(Dr. W. E. Metcalfe and Charles Metcalfe of Portage, and George A. Metcalfe and J. A. Metcalfe of Winnipeg were brothers.)


The late Hon. James McLenaghen, Q.c., like so many others, migrated to Portage la Prairie with his parents and sisters about 1904, being then 12 years of age. Having completed his elementary and secondary education in the Portage schools, (Victoria and Por­ tage Collegiate Institute), he studied at Manitoba College, Winnipeg, graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 1914. He thereupon served as a student-at-law at Portage la Prairie under articles to the late Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen.