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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Lester Barker (1886-?)


Born at Bradford, England on 27 July 1886, son of Albert Barker and Bessie Stafford, he was educated in England and Canada before coming to Manitoba in 1904. He was engaged in railway construction work for many years. In 1919, he began working as a realtor with the firm of Barker and Dickson.

On 27 November 1918, he married Reitta Marion Graham (?-?) at Winnipeg. He was keenly interested in all kinds of sports, including football, lacrosse and especially cricket, and it was due to his efforts that cricket has taken such a hold on the public of Manitoba. He was President of the Manitoba Cricket Association and Western Canada Cricket Association. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Assiniboine Golf Club, Winnipeg Real Estate Exchange, St. Georges’ Society, AF and AM, (Fidelity No. 146), Knights of Pythias, and Anglican church, and an Honorary Member of the 90th Rifles, Winnipeg. He resided in the Milan Apartments, Winnipeg.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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