John Callum Bruce

John Callum Bruce

Served during the following dates: 1928-08-16; 1931-08-06

BRUCE, JOHN CALLUM, farmer and fox breeder; b. 25 November 1885 in Valleyfield, son of Alexander Fraser Bruce* and Bella MacKinnon; m. first Christie A. MacDonald; m. secondly 5 March 1924 Effie McLeod; Bruce’s one child, Isabel, was likely the daughter of his first wife; United; d. 26 May 1933 in Charlottetown.
Bruce, a Liberal, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election held 16 August 1928 for 4th Queens. He was re-elected in the general election of 1931, and died while serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
Bruce’s father served in the Legislature during the 1901 session. Eventually a recount and a judicial appeal of the 4th Kings election resulted in Murdoch McKinnon* being declared elected. Donald A. MacKinnon*, Bruce’s uncle, was Lieutenant-Governor from 1904 to 1910.
Bruce received his early education at Valleyfield School, and later attended Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He was a farmer and fox breeder and resided in Vernon River. John Bruce died 26 May 1933. His body was discovered floating by the dock at the foot of Queen Street. The death was ruled by a coroner's jury to be an accidental drowning.
Christie Bruce was born in 1885 and died in 1922. Effie Bruce, the daughter of John F. McLeod, was born in 1885 and died in 1971. Isabel Bruce died several years before her father, as a result of an accident. Isabel and three friends, who also died, were travelling in a car that collided with a train on Mount Edward Road, near Charlottetown.

References: CPG 1931, 1932; Maple Leaf Magazine June/July 1933; Patriot 26 May 1933 p. 1; PARO: Vernon River Memorial Cemetery Transcripts. Guide to abbreviations

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