Memorable Manitobans: Ebenezer Claydon (1880-1954)
Born at Deeping, Lincolnshire, England on 7 September 1880, son of Benjamin Robert Claydon and Ann Kitchen, he emigrated to Canada in 1903 and formed the Claydon Brothers Construction Company at Winnipeg, in partnership with his brother Arthur Claydon, who was later killed while serving with the Royal Air Force during the First World War. He was President of the Winnipeg Builders Exchange and Vice-President of the Canadian Construction Association. On 16 April 1910, he married Lilian Emily Dines (1885-1962) at Winnipeg. They had five children: Gurth E. Claydon (1911-1969), Oliver Claydon (1912-1981), Margaret Claydon (b 1918, wife of T. J. Norquay), David Arthur Claydon (1921-1944), and Shirley Claydon (b ?, wife of John G. Slocombe). He and his wife were founding members of the Natural History Society and he was active in several religious organizations, including the Bethany Baptist Church, British and Foreign Bible Society, Gideon Society, and Shantymen’s Christian Association. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 26 February 1954 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1916 and 1921 Canada censes, Ancestry.
“Birthday congratulations to,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1933, page 13.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“E. Claydon, contractor, dies at 73,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1954, page 34.
Obituary [Lilian E. Claydon], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1962, page 34.
Obituary [Gurth E. Claydon], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1969, page 32.
Obituary [Oliver Claydon], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1981, page 70.
We thank Ed Ledohowski for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 April 2016
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