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Memorable Manitobans: Ebenezer Claydon (1880-1954)

Building contractor.

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:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Dominion Bank Building

678 Main Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

William Whyte School

Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

Demolished (1976)

Brandon Citizens’ Science Building

270 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

1922-1923

 

Hugh John Macdonald School

567 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1929-1930

 

Birtle Indian Residential School

Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View

1930-1931

 

Air Observers School No. 5

Winnipeg

1940

Demolished (?)

Elementary Flying Training School No. 14 / Air Observers School No. 7

Southport, RM of Portage la Prairie

1940

 

Bombing and Gunnery School No. 7 Hangars

Paulson, RM of Dauphin

1940-1941

Demolished (?)

SFTS No. 33 Relief Field / Petrel Aerodrome

RM of North Cypress

1941

 

St. Matthew’s Anglican Church (restoration)

641 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

1945

 

Sources:

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 and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 July 2017

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