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Memorable Manitobans: William Richard David (1853-1926)

Brick manufacturer.

Born in Wales on 7 May 1853, he and his English wife Ruth Annie Hill (1857-1939) emigrated to Canada in 1881 and were in Winnipeg by 1882 and Deloraine by 1884. They had four children while living in Manitoba: William Lewellyn David (1882-?), Alice Mary David (1884-?, wife of Harold Milner), Mabel Elizabeth David (1887-?), and Roland Victor Hill David (1889-1955). At Deloraine, he was a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and Canadian Order of Foresters. He was the first Clerk for the Municipality of Winchester (1891-c1894), sold fire and life insurance, bought and sold farm land, and issued marriage licenses. In the summer of 1896, he established the Deloraine Brick Yard and made amber-coloured bricks marked with his initials. In November 1903, he leased the brick yard and returned to Winnipeg where he joined a firm of bankruptcy trustees. In May 1907, he was appointed an accountant in the Winnipeg Land Titles Office, serving until 1911. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 15 October 1926.

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Appointments are approved,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 May 1907, page 2.

“Appointments,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 June 1911, page 16.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Deloraine Scans a Century by Deloraine History Book Committee, 1980.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2020

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