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Memorable Manitobans: William Richard Bawlf (1881-1972)

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W. R. Bawlf
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Grain merchant.

Born at Winnipeg on 17 January 1881, son of Nicholas Bawlf and Katherine Bawlf, he was educated at St. Mary’s School and the University of Ottawa. He returned to Winnipeg and joined the family grain business. He was President of the Bawlf Terminal Elevator Company, Peaker Gibson Grain Company, and Bawlf Securities Company. He was Vice-President of the Thunder Bay Terminal Elevator Company and Fort William Terminal Elevator Company; Director of the Bank of Toronto, Manitoba Power Company, Winnipeg Electric Street Railway Company, and Winnipeg Grain and Produce Clearance Association. He served on the Board of Grain Supervisors of Canada and was President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange (1917-1918). He wrote extensively on grain marketing.

On 6 September 1905, he married Ada Mary Roe (?-1943). They had four children: Nicholas Bawlf, Robert Bawlf, Rowena Bawlf (wife of G. Freeman), and Margaret Bawlf. In his youth, he was a member of the Victorias Hockey Club, and was President of the Winnipeg Hockey Club (1929-1930). He was also a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Motor Country Club (charter member), Winnipeg Automobile Club, Knights of Columbus, Pine Ridge Golf Club, and the Roman Catholic church. In 1925, the family lived at 514 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 6 January 1972 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1972, page 25.

“William R. Bawlf dies here at 90,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1972, page 40.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2017

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