Memorable Manitobans: William James Davidson (1879-1969)
Born at Owen Sound, Ontario on 9 November 1879, son of James Davidson and Jane A. Hindson, he was educated at the Owen Sound High School. He owned and operated a wheat farm near Swan River from 1899 to 1906 before coming to Winnipeg where he worked as a general contractor and builder. He served as a director (1910), First Vice-President (1911), and President (1912-1913) of the Winnipeg Builders' Exchange, a director of the National Association Builders' Exchange, and a director of the Industrial Bureau.
On 4 September 1906, he married Ethyl May Strachan (1883-1946, daughter of Rev. Richard Strachan) and they had seven children: William Frederick “Fred” Davidson (1907-?), Clarence Richard Davidson (1908-1981), Ethyl Marguerite Davidson (1910-?, wife of Eric Hillier), Harold Gordon Davidson (1912-?), James Kenneth Davidson (1915-?), John Terrence Davidson (?-?), and Ronald Davidson (?-?). The family lived at 393 Young Street (c1911) and 122 Lipton Street (c1946). He was a member of the Granite Curling Club, IOF, BPOE, Liberal party, and Methodist church.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 617.
Death registration [Ethyl Mary Davidson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Mrs. W. Davidson 40-year resident of city, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1946, page 3.
Obituary [Clarence Richard Davidson], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1981, page 54.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 March 2022